This blogger shares a love of pasta with the hubs. If it is pasta-related, he will surely love it! Tonight, we tried the Spicy Chicken Rigatoni. She labels it a Buca knockoff. I have never been to Buca di Beppo (the closest one to us is near Charlotte), but I have heard my best friend mention going several times in Florida.
So, how'd it turn out? Awesome!
We did make a few changes:
- We used whole wheat penne, instead of rigatoni. I didn't find whole wheat rigatoni at Trader Joe's or Harris Teeter this morning.
- The recipe calls for 1/4 cup of green peas. The blogger recommends using more if you like peas, so we used about 1 cup. I would have been happy to have even more peas in it!
- I left out the butter. I didn't realize that I even left it out until I re-read the recipe a few minutes ago.
- We reduced the amount of crushed red pepper flakes. We used ~3/4 teaspoon, instead of 1/2 tablespoon (~1 1/2 teaspoons). I think that the next time we make this, we'll have to up the crushed red pepper just a little. It didn't have quite the "punch" I was looking for.
Anyway, the hubs said this dish needs to stay in our dinner rotation and I agree. Hope you like it as much as we did!