This dish of pantry staples is a good choice for a hectic weeknight supper. Toast the breadcrumbs in advance to speed preparation later.
1 slice day-old hearty white bread (such as Pepperidge Farm), torn
2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
6 garlic cloves, minced
8 ounces uncooked linguine
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 250°.
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.
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Thought it was great! Save yourself time and use store bought breadcrumbs! Who makes their own breadcrumbs these days?? We have added this to our recipe rotation - serve it with grilled chicken breast and a veggie. Easy and very tasty!
I measured out plain bread crumbs; saved time, turning on the oven in the summer and cleanup, IMO. Besides, how do you get 2/3 cup of bread crumbs from one slice of bread? I also added extra olive oil. The three of us enjoyed it!
Changes I made-whole wheat linguine, extra garlic, garlic olive oil, store bought italian bread crumbs, no parsley, added a bit of parmesan cheese. We also kept a bottle of balsamic vinegar on the table to add a bit to our pasta- it was delicious! We will definitely make this again. I appreciated not having to have a ton of fresh produce on hand to be able to make it.