Orecchiette with Toasted Breadcrumbs

Total Time:
25 min
Prep:
10 min
Cook:
15 min

Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 1 pound dried orecchiette or other small shaped pasta
  • 3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2/3 cup Italian seasoned dried bread crumbs
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan
  • 1 cup finely chopped prosciutto
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves
Directions

In a large pot, bring to a boil 6 quarts of salted water. Cook pasta until al dente, about 8 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a medium-sized saute pan, heat the oil until warm. Since the bread crumbs will cook quickly, you don't want to add them into a hot pan, otherwise they can burn. Add the breadcrumbs and stir constantly. Season lightly with salt and pepper since flavored bread crumbs may already have seasoning. Saute for about 2 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.

Drain pasta in a colander. Working quickly, add pasta to the saute pan and stir to combine. Add Parmesan and the chopped prosciutto. Mix thoroughly. Pour into large serving bowl and garnish with chopped parsley.


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