Revamp Your Pasta: Try This Topping Instead of Cheese

Revamp Your Pasta: Try This Topping Instead of Cheese

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Stephanie Barlow
Oct 12, 2011

If you're stuck in a red sauce and cheese pasta routine, look no further. This slightly crunchy and buttery topping will have you revamping pasta night. And it's the perfect complement to roasted veggies!

Toasted, buttered breadcrumbs: they were made for pasta. If you've ever had the classic combination of orecchiette with roasted cauliflower topped with breadcrumbs you know how much a generous sprinkling of the topping adds to the dish. We've called it the poor man's Parmesan, but it's taste is totally rich. Sautéed in butter (or olive oil) until browned and crisp, they're the idea topping to pasta with roasted broccoli, cauliflower, and pretty much any other vegetable. Try these ideas for breadcrumbs tonight:

Slow-Cooked Broccoli with Lemon Breadcrumbs
Pasta with Cauliflower, Sausage, & Breadcrumbs
Farfalle with Cauliflower and Toasted Breadcrumbs

Related: How To: Make DIY Breadcrumbs

(Image: Elizabeth Passarella)

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