September 19, 2008

Linguine with Garlicky Bread Crumbs

With My Husband away on a business trip for a few days this week, I kept the cooking simple. Often letting the boys choose their dinner, thankfully, a vegetable was always chosen as part of the meal since they both have been learning about eating healthy foods. I don't always indulge my little men, but with Daddy away I thought I'd be extra nice to them - and, it doesn't hurt that their desires are simpler than what I normally make.

I must admit that I am a pasta lover. Yes, in addition to my addiction to chocolate you can add pasta to that list. As a kid, I would often eat plain spaghetti with the Parmesan cheese (you remember the green can, right?) sprinkled over it. Actually, when I was living on my own I often had pasta that same way or with melted butter... yummmmm... total comfort food - at least it is for me. I think I'm one of the odd one's in my family for eating it that way, but that's OK - they love me anyway. I've always got an assortment of different pasta shapes in my pantry.

I have managed to acquire a taste for whole wheat pastas, even though my family has not fully taken to them. So, with only my taste to satisfy one evening, I knew I'd be making something to contribute to Presto Pasta Nights for next week! This week, Ruth at Once Upon a Feast - Every Kitchen Tells its Stories is hosting it, so be sure to check in there next Friday for the round-up. I haven't participated in any blogging events in awhile, and I've been missing out on the fun!


So, what did I make you might be asking? I went to one of my trusty cooking sources, Cooking Light, and found Linguine with Garlicky Bread Crumbs. This is such a simple idea, that really makes the pasta so much more interesting. I loved the addition of the bread crumbs and garlic - who doesn't like garlic? - the texture really complimented the whole wheat spaghetti that I used. The recipe calls for regular linguine, but in trying to be healthier I opted for the whole wheat variety instead.

garlicky bread crumbs spaghetti

My Oldest didn't care for it, but the garlic flavor was perhaps a bit much for his taste. That's OK since it left a bit more for me to take for lunch today! I thought it was just as tasty the next day and it didn't need to be heated up either. I don't mind if I make some things that the kids don't care for since it leaves me something for the next day. I just love leftovers!

Now, if you are in the mood for some pasta creations, you may want to check out these ideas:

Good Things Catered made a Spicy Garlic Herbed Pasta that is a simple side dish for any night of the week.

A Cowboy's Wife at My Wooden Spoon shares her mom's recipe for Garlic-Zucchini Pasta with step-by-step photos, too!

Over at Our Sweet Life, an Improvised Penne Primavera using what was in the pantry and refrigerator resulted in a tasty dinner filled with veggies.

34 comments:

Happy cook said...

I love pasta, i onlystarted eating them after moving to belgoum from India.
Soetimes simple recipes are the best

Mary said...

Patsy,

I, too, have trouble selling whole wheat pasta to my family. This recipe looks delicious.

Megan said...

I've never tried the whole wheat pasta but need to. This sounds like an excellent recipe to start with!

Jenny said...

YUUUUUUM! I love anything pasta these days and boy does this look good!

Beth said...

love whole wheat pasta but hubby is not keen. This dish looks fantastic

~Madeline~ said...

I used to love pasta with butter and parmesan cheese too! This looks like a delicious quick and simple recipe. I'll definitely give it a try.

Gloria Chadwick said...

I thought I was the only one who ate spaghetti with butter and the "green can" parmesan cheese. I also added dried oregano and I was in heaven.
I'm so glad you said that you're a chocoholic because you've won an award. Come on over and see what it is. I'll give you a hint: It's chocolate!

Deborah said...

This sounds wonderful! I love the garlic and bread crumbs!

Patsyk said...

Thanks, Everyone! I'm going to have to make this one again, it was so easy and delicious!

Ruth Daniels said...

Great post and thanks for sharing with Presto pasta Nights.

I've come to love interesting pastas, but it is an acquired taste.

dailydesignspot said...

pasta and butter with the cheap parm is wonderful... i remember my nan making it for me as a young one on thoes quick and simple days... and now i have it once and a while as well when the fridge is bare..

beautiful site..

jonathan
dailydesignspot.com

Lynn M said...

Mmm, looks yummy and very simple. Perfect after a long day at work when you just don't feel like making something elaborate for dinner.

themustardseed said...

I love such simple pasta dishes. This is like heaven..i would probably add some crushed pepper for heat! Looks delicious!

Andrea said...

this looks scrumptious

Amber said...

I came across your site on Pinterst. I'm going to be trying this recipe this week for sure.

ATasteOfMadness said...

This looks so yummy! It reminds me of the "spaghetti a la homer" at the spaghetti factory. It's my FAVORITE, but they now have a disclaimer that the server has to say (at least at the location I go to) so that we know what we're getting into. Because apparently lots of people return it. But the simplest things are best, great recipe!

Jennifer said...

First, thanks for this recipe. I can't wait to try it. :) Second, I laughed at the "spaghetti and parmesan cheese from the can" bit! I did the same thing growing up and my family was always perplexed by it. LOL.

Patsyk said...

Jennifer - thanks, for the comment... and the giggle! It's nice to know I wasn't the only one doing the spaghetti & cheese from the green can as a kid! Enjoy the recipe and let me know how you like it.

Bobbie said...

How much breadcrumbs did you use? This sounds amazing!!!

Patsyk said...

Bobbie - it was about 2/3 cup of bread crumbs. Let me know if you make it!

Anonymous said...

Would you happen to know the calorie count per serving? I'm on a calorie counting diet and I'm trying to keep track of my intake per day and can't seem to find a count for this recipe anywhere.

Patsyk said...

According to the original recipe located in the link above in the post, the calorie count is 297 calories for a 1 1/2 cup serving. The rest of the nutrition information can be located at that link as well. I'm sure you can reduce the amount of bread crumbs in order to reduce the calories as well.

Anonymous said...

So funny you mentioned eating pasta with butter and parmesan because I am Italian and I ate that growing up as a child and still do today! I also but basil and oregano on it! Anyway this recipe looks great and I am going to make it for dinner tonight for me!

Anonymous said...

Can it be used with now tie pasta too?

Patsyk said...

I don't see why you couldn't toss with bow tie/farfalle pasta! I would think it would a great variation!

Mandie said...

This looks wonderful!!! I can't wait to make it for dinner. However, I can't seem to come up with a side dish. Is there a side dish that would go well with this meal?

Patsyk said...

Hi, Mandie -

I'd suggest a nice green salad with lots of fresh veggies in it. Keep the dressing light so that it's a compliment to the pasta. Let me know how you like it!

JoAnne Davis said...

This sounds wonderful! I think some shrimp would be a great addition to this recipe if you're looking for a way to add meat to the meal. :)

JoAnne Davis said...

This sounds wonderful! I think I will have to try this and maybe toss in some shrimp since I like a little protein with my meals. :)

Tracy H said...

Looks yummy. Being an Italian girl, I love pasta but it doesn't love my hips LOL. This looks light and not too bad on the calories. This seems like an easy quick weeknight dish. Thanks!!!!!!

JENN garcia said...

I was super excited to make this but really bummed when it didn't taste as I thought it would. it turned out dry and I felt like I was eating a mouthful of bread crumbs. I am pretty sure I followed the recipe to a t.

Patsy K said...

Sorry, to hear it didn't work put for you, Jenn. As with any recipe, I would adjust ingredients to suit your personal tastes. Every recipe is a starting point where you taste and add what is needed to make it something you would enjoy. Perhaps decrease the breadcrumbs and add a little mor olive oil until it gets to the texture you would prefer. Thanks, for commenting and sharing your thoughts on the recipe.

Emily said...

It's so funny to see that so many of us grew up with noodles and the green parm. I still eat that when my hubs is out of town or when I'm sick - definitely my #1 favorite. I found this recipe on Pinterest and since my husband is out for the night I'm making it for myself. It looks amazing!

Beth Sowell said...

I made this for the family but had to add a bit more olive oil. It does taste amazing, but then I really enjoy the simple pasta taste.

Also, to the previous posters, it's important to buy the right brand of whole wheat pasta. Barilla Plus is a good one to start with, but the Hodgeson Mill tastes much too grainy.

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