Garlic Bread Pasta as seen on Valerie's Home Cooking, Season 14.
Recipe courtesy of Valerie Bertinelli

Garlic Bread Pasta

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 40 min
  • Active: 40 min
  • Yield: 6 servings
This is all the flavors of buttery, herby garlic bread, but transformed into a quick and easy pasta dish! Mixing butter and garlic with the starchy pasta water and cheese creates a silky-smooth sauce that sticks to the noodles. My favorite part is the crunchy panko topping, which reminds me of the crunch from garlic bread.



  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
  2. Heat 3 tablespoons olive oil and 1 tablespoon butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Once the oil is hot, add the breadcrumbs and a pinch of salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, until they start to toast, 1 to 2 minutes. Grate one of the garlic cloves into the breadcrumbs and stir to incorporate. Cook until evenly golden brown, then transfer to a plate. Set aside until ready to serve. Chop the remaining 7 cloves garlic and set aside.
  3. Add the pasta to the boiling water and cook until al dente. Reserve 2 cups pasta water before draining. Add the remaining 4 tablespoons butter and remaining 3 tablespoons olive oil to a pan and heat over medium until the butter is melted. Add the chopped garlic and red pepper flakes. Cook, stirring frequently, until the garlic is soft but not browned, about 3 minutes. (Keep an eye on it to make sure the garlic doesn't burn.)
  4. Add 3/4 cup pasta water to the pan with the garlic and bring to a simmer. Add half of the Parmesan and Pecorino Romano and use a silicone spatula to stir until the cheeses have melted into the sauce. Turn the heat down to low and transfer the pasta to the pan; toss to combine. Add the remaining cheeses and toss to coat the pasta in the cheese. Add more pasta water, 1/4 cup at a time, to help create a silky sauce; this could take 3 to 4 minutes. Cook until the sauce is silky and smooth, then turn off the heat and add the basil and parsley. Toss to combine.
  5. Transfer the pasta to a serving bowl and top with the garlic breadcrumbs and extra herbs if desired. Serve immediately.