Spaghetti with Garlic Lemon Bread Crumbs | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Spaghetti with Garlic Lemon Bread Crumbs

Dinner Pasta Vegetarian

Spaghetti with Garlic Lemon Bread Crumbs is a quick and easy meatless pasta recipe. Fresh bread crumbs are fried until crisp with garlic, lemon and fresh parsley and tossed with spagetti and plenty of parmesan cheese. It’s simply beautiful.

Spaghetti with Garlic Lemon Bread Crumbs | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

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Spaghetti with Garlic Lemon Bread Crumbs | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

What makes Spaghetti with Garlic Lemon Bread Crumbs so awesome?

Today I made a simple pasta dish, Spaghetti with Garlic Lemon Bread Crumbs. Simple it may be, but it’s definitely packed with flavor. It’s amazing what one clove of garlic and a lemon can do for your life. 

I just use a slice of everyday sandwich bread to make the fresh bread crumbs that are needed for this dish. You definitely want to start by crumbling up some fresh bread for this, though. Don’t use panko or other store-bought bread crumbs. 

We round it out with crushed red pepper flakes for a hint of heat, and some Parmesan because cheese. And don’t forget a nice handful of fresh flat leaf parsley. It’s as close as I come to eating vegetables. 

Spaghetti with Garlic Lemon Bread Crumbs | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

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Spaghetti with Garlic Lemon Bread Crumbs

Spaghetti with Garlic Lemon Bread Crumbs | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Spaghetti with Garlic Lemon Bread Crumbs is a simple dish packed with flavor.

  • Author: Renee Rendall
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Italian


  • 8 ounces spaghetti
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/2 cup fresh bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup chopped parsley
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese


  1. Fill a large pot with water and place it over high heat. Put the lid on so it will boil faster. Once you’ve reached a rapid boil, add a couple fat pinches of salt, then cook your pasta according to the package directions. Before you drain the pasta, use a coffee cup to remove about a half a cup of pasta water in case you need to add moisture to your dish later. Drain the pasta and return it to it’s cooking pot.
  2. While you’re waiting for your pasta to do its thing, place a skillet over medium low heat and add the olive oil. While your oil is warming, zest your lemon into the skillet. Next, peel your garlic clove and grate it into the warming oil as well.
  3. Once that becomes fragrant, stir in the bread crumbs. Cook them gently, stirring occasionally, until they become browned and crisp.
  4. Turn off the heat and stir in the chopped parsley. Set aside until your pasta is cooked.
  5. Once you’ve got your pasta back in the hot pan, add the butter and juice of half a lemon. Toss everything together until all the pasta is coated in the butter.
  6. Add the red pepper flakes, salt and pepper, and parmesan cheese and toss again. You may need to add a bit of that reserved pasta water to keep everything moist and bring it all together. Taste it now to see if you want to add more lemon juice or other seasonings.
  7. Finally, add the bread crumb mixture and toss to combine. Serve hot with a smile.

Keywords: Pasta, Garlic, Bread Crumbs

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