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White Pasta With Parmigiano Garlic Breadrumbs

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 and a crumb topping, breadcrumbs, garlic, parsley, butter and parmigiano. Take the ricotta out of the refrigerator about 30 minutes before you prepare the dish, it will need to be room temperature. You don’t have to be exact with the measurements tailor it to suite your taste.

Makes: 2 servings

1/2 lb linguine (or whatever pasta you like)


2 cup ricotta (at room temperature)

1/2 cup milk

1/4 cup  grated parmigiano

Salt and pepper to taste

Crumb Topping:

1 1/2 cup fresh breadcrumbs

1/4 cup grated parmigiano

pinch of lemon zest

handful parsley chopped

2 cloves garlic minced

2 tbs butter

splash of olive oil

salt and pepper to taste


In skillet melt butter with a splash of olive oil, 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 heat and pour into mixing bowl, add the parmigiano, parsley and lemon zest stir to combine and set aside.

Putting it all together:

Bring 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.

While the pasta is cooking heat your milk until its hot to the touch,(I used the microwave, 45 seconds) put the ricotta and parmigiano in your serving bowl and add the hot milk, mix it up and season to taste. When pasta is done, (al dente) drain and add to the bowl with the ricotta milk mixture, toss to combine, top with the breadcrumbs a little more grated parmigiano and serve.

4 Comments Post a comment
  1. I love this, Suzanne. I feels like the ultimate comfort meal to me. I love the addition of the ricotta/parm/hot milk, and plan to do this sometime this week. I’ve got some ricotta in the frig that must be used this week, and this is perfect for it. Thanks for posting this 🙂

    March 4, 2012
  2. Thank you, I had some ricotta in the fridge that needed to be used also. It really is a comforting meal, perfect weekday quickie meal.

    March 4, 2012
  3. Your crumb topping sounds divine – this a terrific weeknight pasta meal!

    March 4, 2012
    • Thank you, it is so quick and easy and the crumb topping makes it special.

      March 4, 2012

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