Sunday, December 28, 2008

Something Different

My uncle is a great cook and I have so many recipes in my repertoire thanks to him. This is a great pasta to make when you're getting bored with your basic recipes. It is also something you can generally make with stuff in your pantry and a quick trip to the store for fresh noodles and asiago cheese. It's the easiest recipe on earth and can be done in less than 20 minutes. Serve this with a salad or sauteed spinach and you have yourself a great dinner. Perfect for your meatless day too!

Pasta with Breadcrumbs & Capers

3 T olive oil
2 T butter
1 package fresh egg noodles (linguine)
6 garlic cloves, minced
1 medium shallot, minced
1-2 t fresh oregano
1-2 t fresh basil
1-2 t fresh thyme
1/2 cup seasoned breadcrumbs
1/4 cup capers in juice
1 cup asiago cheese
lots of fresh ground pepper
Heat olive oil and butter. Add garlic and shallot and heat until it bubbles. Cook for several minutes, stirring and making sure not to burn garlic. Add breadcrumbs and herbs. Cook on medium heat for 5-8 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in capers. Cook noodles according to instructions (generally 2-3 minutes in boiling salted water), drain and add to the breadcrumb mixture. Top with cheese and pepper. Stir to combine and serve hot.

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