linguine with garlic bread crumbs

When I am home and just cooking for myself this is one of my go to dishes. I also cook it on a regular basis as a simple side dish for the family. It is very easy to make and it will go with just about anything. I like to use linguine pasta when I am make it, but if I only have rotini or some other pasta on hand, that will work just fine also.

So if you’re looking for a great pasta dish that you can cook in a flash, then linguine with garlic bread crumbs is the dish for you.  It will be on the table in under an hour, and your family will love it.


  • 1 slice day-old hardy white bread (such as Pepperidge Farm) torn.
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 8 ounces uncooked linguine
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • parmesan cheese, to taste (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon butter (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees f.
  2. Place bread in a food processor; pulse 10 times or until coarse crumbs measure 2/3 cup. Place breadcrumbs on a baking sheet. Bake at 250° for 30 minutes or until dry
  3. Heat 1 1/2 tablespoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add garlic; cook 30 seconds, stirring constantly. Remove from heat, and let stand 5 minutes. Return pan to heat. Stir in breadcrumbs, and cook 6 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring frequently.
  4. Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat; drain. Place pasta in a large bowl. Add 1 1/2 teaspoons oil, breadcrumbs, parsley, lemon juice, salt, and black pepper; toss gently to combine. Serve immediately.

Note* You could use Italian bread crumbs if you wish, and if it is a bit dry for you then you can add a little more butter.

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  1. This sounds delicious! I am always in the hunt for tomato free pasta dishes as the hubby is allergic to them! I make sauce for me, and normally just use pesto, alfredo, or butter/cheese. Thank you!

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