Pasta with Breadcrumbs is also called Sawdust Pasta or Carpenter’s Pasta. The buttered cooked bread crumbs garnish resemble wood sawdust in honor of St. Joseph, the carpenter. It is also a very simple, inexpensive, fast mea to make, and a delicious meatless meal to eat during Lent.
Prep Time 10minutes
Cook Time 15minutes
Total Time 25minutes
Author Homemade Italian Cooking with Cara
1 ½cupspanko breadcrumbs
1teaspoonred pepper flakesor season to taste
1teaspoonsground black pepper
1 ½cupsgrape tomatoeshalved
Add the salt to a large pot of water and bring to a boil. Add the pasta and stir. Gently boil for 7-8 minutes or until a la dente.
While pasta is cooking, heat butter and 1 tablespoon olive oil in a skillet on the stove. Add the breadcrumbs, mix to coat, and cook until toasted and lightly brown. Transfer breadcrumbs to a plate and set aside.
In same skillet over medium high heat, add remaining olive oil. Toss in the anchovies, mix with a wooden spoon until dissolved. Add the garlic and onion and let cook a few minutes until translucent. Add the black & red peppers and tomatoes. Cook for 2-3 more minutes. Add some pasta water if too dry.
Add the hot cooked pasta right from the stockpot to the skillet and toss to coat. Add the buttered breadcrumbs on top of each serving or on top of the pasta in a large serving platter.