• Pasta with Garlic Breadcrumbs (Pasta con pangrattato)

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    Pasta with Garlic Breadcrumbs (Pasta con pangrattato)
    Prep: 30 min Cook: 30 min Servings: 4
    by kathy vegas
    192 recipes
    This thrifty pasta dish is from an era when clever home cooks had to feed large families and meat and cheese was too expensive and often hard to come by. Bread was always on hand and stale bread was never wasted. Stale bread shows up in many classic Italian soups, pastas and even deserts. Crisp, savory breadcrumbs are the star in this dish. The simple ingredients are deceptively flavorful. This is the basic recipe and is very, very good just the way it is. In Italy, some families toss in toasted crushed, dried red peppers, sardines or anchovies. Others brown a small bit of pancetta or prosciutto in the olive oil step of the recipe. The beauty of Italian cooking is its long list of core recipes such as this one that have been adapted and changed to suit each family’s tastes and budget.


    • 1/2 cup olive oil
    • 2 cups fresh homemade breadcrumbs
    • 2 large garlic cloves, very finely minced
    • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
    • ¼ cup finely chopped fresh Italian parsley
    • Salt and pepper to taste
    • 1 pound pasta, such as spaghetti, linguine or capellini


    1. Heat the olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add the breadcrumbs and sauté until golden, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and sauté another minute or two. Remove from heat; add the cheese, parsley, salt and pepper. Stir well to combine.
    2. Cook the pasta according to package directions for al dente. Drain and add to pan with breadcrumbs. Toss over low heat until pasta is coated. Serve immediately with additional Parmesan cheese.

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    • Frank Fariello
      Frank Fariello
      Looks wonderful. I always associate this dish with Sicily--were your folks from there?
      • Denise Fletcher
        Denise Fletcher
        That really looks good, given the handful of ingredients. This is just the kind of recipe I'm always on the lookout for - few ingredients but loads of flavour. Thanks for a great post.
        • Claudia lamascolo
          Claudia lamascolo
          omg this looks fabulous cant wait to try this sounds sooooooo good!
          • kathy gori
            kathy gori
            looks wonderful!
            • Tony Hall
              Tony Hall
              This cooks up awesome...sans the smelly fish food for his land lubber.
              • A Culinary Journey with Chef Dennis
                A Culinary Journey with Chef Dennis
                What a great way to serve pasta...
                • Patricia Turo
                  Patricia Turo
                  My grandmother and mother made this all the time. I still make it from time to time. It is fast and love the crunchness.
                  • andrea
                    I love pasta with breadcrumbs!


                    • ShaleeDP
                      Pasta! As long as it is pasta i will give it a go. Love it much. This looks good to try.
                      • Catherine Pappas
                        Catherine Pappas
                        Wow this looks so delicious! I have stored in my recipe box to try!
                        • Frank Fariello
                          Frank Fariello
                          I made this the other night--with red pepper flakes and anchovies--it was divine!
                          • Citronetvanille
                            Oh I love pasta with breadcrumbs, I make it quite often with artichokes and shrimps. Your addition of parmesan is great (not on shrimps though).
                            • Frank Fariello
                              Frank Fariello
                              I see. Quite a combination! Btw, did your folks ever make pasta alle sarde? A Sicilian classic, as you probably know, but I've never actually tried it. I plan to make it some time soon--any pointers welcome!
                              • kathy vegas
                                kathy vegas
                                Yep, my father's parents were from Castelbuono (outside Palermo) and my maternal grandparents were from Germany and Hungary. Grew up with food everywhere. Literally.

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