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When we visited Assisi, we ate a lot of truffles. We had them swirled into pasta, tucked under eggs and shaved over pizza. When you’re in Italy’s Umbria region, that’s what you do. You eat truffles because they’re delicious, readily available and inexpensive when compared to what you’ll pay for them the United States.


But, if I’m being honest, eating truffles wasn’t my favorite part of our visit to Assisi. It was the day that Keith and I spent in the whipping wind, all alone, exploring every inch of an ancient castle.

Would you believe that little kids get to explore this castle – on their own – while their moms and dads sip wine in the courtyard? Now that’s a playground! For kids of all ages, I suppose, because we had a ball.


The truffles though, they were pretty amazing. We loved them best with a thick pasta, like bucatini with with its hearty texture and hollow center, and a generous pour of good olive oil, a pasta you may know from Bucatini all’Amatriciana or even Pasta Aglio e Olio.

Buon Appetito!

Bucatini with Black Truffle Sauce (Bucatini Al Tartufo)

Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Calories: 365
Servings: 6 people
Because truffles can be expensive in the United States, you may want to use minced portobello mushroom in place of the truffles and then truffle paste, truffle oil or truffle butter to enhance the earthy flavor of the dish. This recipe is adapted from NPR – find the full article by clicking here:


  • 1 pound dried bucatini
  • 4 anchovy fillets minced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 black truffle grated or very thinly sliced


  • Cook bucatini according to package directions. Drain, reserving 1 cup pasta cooking water.
  • Combine anchovy, garlic and salt in a small bowl. Use the back of a spoon to mash mixture into a paste.
  • Meanwhile, heat olive oil, and anchovy mixture over very low heat. Cook and stir 1 to 2 minutes, until paste melts into the oil, taking care not to brown the garlic. Add grated or sliced truffle; cook and stir 15 seconds. Add drained, cooked pasta to pan and stir. If mixture is dry, add 1/4 cup reserved pasta water; gently toss to combine. Increase heat to medium; cook and stir until heated through, adding more pasta cooking water and/or olive oil as desired.
  • Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper and serve.


Calories: 365kcal | Carbohydrates: 58g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 11mg | Potassium: 207mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. Evan says:

    This is an old post, but I was looking for a simple pasta recipe that uses bucatini, anchovies, and truffles, and it fit the bill. Not sure if anyone is still watching this post, but if you are, do you know how a jar of sliced truffles in oil can be used in place of the fresh truffle? How many ounces would slices need to be to equal the truffle in this recipe? Also, I’ve read that you should use paper towels to dry the oil off of a preserved truffle, but what about preserved truffle slices? Are you supposed to use paper towels to remove as much oil as possible from the slices before adding them to the dish? This seems like it would be difficult, as they are most likely quite fragile, but at the same time I would think doing that would be even more important, since the oil will have coated even more of the truffle, since there is more truffle exposed to it than if it was just a whole truffle, preserved in oil. Any input you can provide would be appreciated.

    1. Marissa Stevens says:

      Hi there, Evan! I haven’t worked with preserved truffles, so I can’t speak from experience. However, I looked around and found this guide for cooking with preserved truffles. The article isn’t specific about an equivalent amount to fresh truffles unfortunately. So you may have to add them to taste. Hope that’s helpful!

  2. Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen says:

    Marissa, that pasta is amazing looking! I need some! And those castle pictures? WOW!

    1. Marissa says:

      Thanks, Kristi!

  3. nagimaehashi says:

    Ancient castle over truffles? Words fail me. I am obsessed with truffles. OBSESSED. They are crazy expensive here in Australia so I savour every bite I get of anything with truffles in it. I am insanely jealous that I’m sitting here looking at a picture of something you made and ATE with truffle shavings. I need to come visit you. 🙂

    1. Marissa says:

      Yes you do need to come visit, Nagi!! 🙂