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)
- Preheat oven to 250 degrees f.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.