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Pasta with Garlic Breadcrumbs

pasta with garlic breadcrumbs on a plate

Guess what I am doing today?  Spending the day with my parents!  My 6 year old doesn’t have school today, and my parents flew in yesterday for the weekend!  We haven’t seen them since January, so we are excited to have them here.  They even get to see my son’s first flag football game on Sunday.  Should be a wonderful weekend.

pasta with garlic breadcrumbs on a plate

I hate those nights when I don’t know what to make for dinner.  I wait for my husband to get home thinking he will have a great idea I can go with.  But he gets home, and says “Oh, I will just have cereal.”  Seriously?  Not what I want to hear.  If you know me, you know cereal is not my favorite.  I am a person who likes my dinner to be an actual dinner.  Now, dinner can be waffles or pancakes, but not cereal!

So recently when this happened, I said fine, but I am still having dinner.  I went to Pinterest to find some inspiration.  I found a meatless pasta dish that I could make quickly and just for me.  My husband wouldn’t have liked it anyway.  Unless it has a ton of sauce on it, he doesn’t want it!  I on the other hand, loved this.  I am a big fan of a light pasta dish. This was even good as leftover the next day for lunch.


Pasta with Garlic Breadcrumbspasta with garlic breadcrumbs on a plate
Adapted from Cooking Light

2 Tbls olive oil
1/2 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp red pepper flakes
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
1 Tbls fresh lemon juice
8 oz spaghetti (I used whole grain)

Cook pasta according to the package directions.

In a small skillet heat olive oil over medium heat.  Add garlic and red pepper flakes and saute until soft and fragrant.  Add breadcrumbs, salt and pepper.  Toast the breadcrumbs, stirring frequently.  Toss breadcrumbs with cooked pasta.  Mix in parsley.  Squeeze a little lemon juice over the top to serve.



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Magic of Spice

Tuesday 17th of April 2012

That does sound easy light pasta dishes as well :) Hope you had a great weekend with you parents visit!

Kiri W.

Monday 16th of April 2012

I've never had pasta like this, but it sounds like a fantastic, slightly crunchy treat :)


Monday 16th of April 2012

Oh my goodness, this sounds like me and my husband. When I have no inspiration for dinner and ask what he feels like (actually sometimes hoping he will say that he will cook) he usually says, I'll just have a bowl of cereal. I'm NOT a cereal person either. So I usually do the same thing- boil up some pasta and make a quick sauce or just put some cheese on top. I have a feeling tonight is going to be one of those nights since I haven't taken anything out of the freezer. Maybe I'll try your idea :)

Marsha @ The Harried Cook

Sunday 15th of April 2012

I absolutely LOVE breadcrumb pasta... all those carbs can't be beat! Comfort food at its best!!! I wish I could get my husband to eat it, then I would make it a lot more!

Allen @ Cook! Bake! Share!

Sunday 15th of April 2012

Oh, does this look like the best comfort food in the world! Allen.

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