Pasta with Garlic Bread Crumbs

Breadcrumbs are a classic substitute for cheese in older Italian recipes. This simple dish is quick and delicious.

Serves: 6Hands-on: 20 minutesTotal: 20 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 6


  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 shallots, minced
  • 4 slices whole wheat bread, crumbled
  • 1 package (16 oz.) fettuccine pasta
  • 3⁄4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1⁄2 cup minced fresh parsley


  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Meanwhile, heat butter in large skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and shallots; cook and stir until tender and fragrant.
  • Add breadcrumbs to skillet; cook and stir until golden and crisp, about 5 minutes. At the same time, add the pasta to the boiling water. Cook until al dente according to package directions.
  • Scoop the pasta out of the cooking water using a large sieve and add to the breadcrumb mixture. Add a ladle of the pasta cooking water to the skillet along with the cheese and parsley; toss over low heat until combined. Serve immediately.