White Pasta with Garlic Parmigiano Breadcrumbs

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Author Notes: For a quick dinner, I took an idea from my childhood and put my own spin on it: pasta of your choice (I use linguine) with ricotta and milk, plus a topping of bread crumbs, garlic, parsley, butter, and Parmigiano.

A couple of notes: Take the ricotta out of the refrigerator about 30 minutes before you prepare the dish, as it will need to be room temperature.You don’t have to be exact with the measurements: Tailor it to suite your taste. Double the ingredients to feed a larger crowd.
sdebrango

Food52 Review: This recipe is a brilliant reminder of the pleasure that can come from combining just a few simple ingredients. I was surprised by the quantity of breadcrumb topping -- 1 1/2 cups is a lot of breadcrumbs -- but it really does set this dish apart by providing a welcome contrast to the richness of the ricotta.Etta

Serves 4

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • splash of olive oil
  • 2 small cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmigiano
  • handful flat-leaf parsley chopped
  • pinch of lemon zest
  • 1 pound linguine (or whatever pasta you like)
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 cups ricotta (at room temperature)
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmigiano or Pecorino Romano cheese
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  1. In a skillet, melt butter with a splash of olive oil, then add the garlic and cook until it just starts to brown. Add the bread crumbs and continue to cook until the crumbs are lightly browned. Take off the heat and pour the mixture into a bowl. Add the Parmigiano, parsley, and lemon zest, stir to combine, and set aside.
  2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. When there is a rolling boil, add a lot of salt --taste the water; it should taste salty. Put the pasta in and stir to separate. While the pasta is cooking, heat your milk until it's hot to the touch (I microwaved it for 45 seconds). Put the ricotta and Parmigiano in your serving bowl and add the hot milk, mix it up, and season to taste. When the pasta is al dente, drain and add the hot pasta to the bowl with the ricotta-milk mixture. Toss to combine and top with the bread crumbs. Garnish with a little more grated Parmigiano and serve.
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6 days ago Sabina

In our home this was considered "depression food" and a Lenten staple.

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5 days ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Yes my Mom made it during Lent often. It is inexpensive to make and filling. Thank you so much.

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12 days ago Kaitlin Holland

I just made this, and it was absolutely delicious!!! So easy, & the best part was that I had about 90% of the ingredients on hand.. The only things I didn't have were milk (substituted with cream) and parsley (served the pasta over a bed of fresh spinach). So delicious & comforting - this dish tasted like a hug. Thank you!

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12 days ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

That makes me so happy to hear, thank you so much and it is wonderful that you enjoyed. I love that you served on a bed of spinach.

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19 days ago Kukla

Congratulations Suzanne on a well deserved CP!
I love any dish which has a good amount of Ricotta and this is it!

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19 days ago inpatskitchen

Congrats on the CP! So happy for you!

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19 days ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thanks so much Pat.

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19 days ago TheWimpyVegetarian

This is exactly the kind of recipe I love most - especially this time of year!

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19 days ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thanks Susan. it really is just perfect for a simple cold weather pasta.

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19 days ago AntoniaJames

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I'm so looking forward to trying this. Congrats on the Community Pick! ;o)

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19 days ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thanks so much, what a nice surprise.

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about 1 month ago Aliwaks

This has all the things I love....

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about 1 month ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thank you, it's what my Mom served except she didn't add the breadcrumbs, I like it both says but they definitely make it more interesting.

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almost 2 years ago Madhuja

This looks like such a comforting dish!

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almost 2 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thank you Madhuja, that it is!

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almost 2 years ago healthierkitchen

I love the ricotta in this!

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almost 2 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thank you so much!

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almost 2 years ago QueenSashy

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This is my favorite dish! I often make very basic version, without ricotta and milk, cannot wait to try this one.

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almost 2 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thank you so much, this dish (without the breadcrumbs) was something my Mom made all the time, it was quick, easy and economical. The whole family loved it. I do hope you enjoy!

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almost 2 years ago Fig and Quince

Looks totally yum!

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almost 2 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thanks Azita, it's so easy to make too!

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almost 3 years ago EmilyC

Love this recipe...especially for a busy weeknight when you want something delicious and comforting. Saved!

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almost 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thank you so much, it truly is one of those recipes you can whip up in no time. I make extra bread crumb topping and just keep it in the freezer, toss it in a pan to crisp for a few seconds.

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almost 3 years ago hardlikearmour

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Yum, sounds simple and delicious!

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almost 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thank you so much, yes very simple, I wish I were more complex sometimes in my flavor profiles but this really is delicious.

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almost 3 years ago inpatskitchen

Saw this on your blog earlier....I just LOVE it!!

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almost 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thanks Pat, the best thing is how easy and quick it is.

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almost 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thank you, kind of like Italian macaroni and cheese

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almost 3 years ago boulangere

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Ohhhh, this sounds incredibly wonderful.