Thursday, October 10, 2013

Toasted Breadcrumb Pasta: Short Order Pantry Fare From Donna Hay


Dishes that can be made from ingredients already in the pantry are a boon. Dishes made from ingredients already in the pantry that can be made in under 20 minutes are even better. Some might call it "Pantry Magic" our theme this week at I Heart Cooking Clubs. This simple Toasted Breadcrumb Pasta is from the Short Order section of Off the Shelf by Donna Hay. I often make pasta with a garlicky breadcrumb topping for a fast dinner but seldom think to add anchovies to it as in this recipe. Lots of great flavor in a short amount of time and effort!


Toasted Crumb Pasta
Off The Shelf by Donna Hay
(Serves 4)

Cook 400g (14 oz) spaghetti until al dente, then drain. Heat a frying pan over medium heat. Add 3 tablespoons olive oil, 2 (I used 3) garlic cloves, crushed and 8 anchovy fillets and cook for 1 minute. (I also added 1 pinch red pepper flakes) Add 1 1/2 cups fresh breadcrumbs and cook, stirring, for 5-7 minutes or until golden. Toss through the hot pasta with chopped parsley.  


Notes/Results: Easy and good--the anchovies and extra garlic add lots of flavor but since the anchovies "melt" into the topping--they are easily hidden and not the whole "hairy" fishies that make me cringe a bit. ;-) I did like the addition of a pinch of red pepper flakes for a little kick. I had some fresh spaghetti in the fridge that I needed to use up but dried spaghetti would be fine and would be better for a more stable Donna Hay "pasta twist" that stands up in the bowl for a pretty photo as fresh pasta just isn't quite as firm. Quick and satisfying--I''ll make this again. 


You can check out the magic that everyone made from their pantries by going to the post at the IHCC site and following the links.  

14 comments:

  1. Mmm I definitely have all these ingredients on hand, always. Such a comforting, quick and easy meal!

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  2. Pam Armstrong GreerOctober 11, 2013 at 1:03 AM

    This is one of my favorite quick recipes from that book!

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  3. Oh, I like the hairy fishes, great meal you prepared. Pasta came to mind when I saw the word pantry in the theme. Perfect choice.

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  4. This is a great recipe ... I am always amazed that those little fishies 'melt' into sauces so completely, but they do! They pack a real punch flavour-wise! You picked a goodie to share!

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  5. what a simple dish but looks so good

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  6. Melted into something else is the only way I'll eat anchovies but I'm always amazed at the flavour they add (which isn't very fishy at all). Looks like a great recipe to try.

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  7. Like you, I love breadcrumbs with pasta, especially made from herb breads, but have never tried with anchovies before. I like anchovies and it sounds great in the pasta.

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  8. I never would have thought to add bread crumbs to my pasta! Gotta give it a great little bit of crunch. I know I would love the garlic and anchovie!

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  9. Can't beat carb on carb as far as I'm concerned! This is one (of many) of the "short order" ideas that I marked to try. Excellent choice for pantry week, Deb.

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  10. I don't know...well, I know this looks really wonderful, and I know I could make it without the hairy little fishies, but then it wouldn't be her recipe, and I know that people say you can't really taste those hairy little fishies in something like this, but I always can and I always think, "Why did I just taste that???!!!" So I will just enjoy your lovely photo and forget the fishies in there. lol Nice choice, very "out of the pantry" for the theme for sure!

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  11. Deb - I'm a big fan of toasted breadcrumb pasta. Love the texture difference and as Michelle said, very comforting with the double dose of carbs. Plus, this one is totally pantry magic!

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  12. How did I miss this one in that book. I have been using that one for at least a year. Thanks for pointing this one out. Looks yummy - anchovie hair and all.

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  13. Oh my! I have just had dinner & I would now like a bowl of this! Donna really does to wonders with pasta, love the crispy breadcrumbs & the anchovies & of course that little hit of chilli :)

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  14. Love the simplicity of the dish and can just imagine the flavours. Yummmm.

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