Pecan Pesto Spaghetti with Garlicky Breadcrumbs

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This dish will make you feel like you're eating in a gourmet Italian restaurant.


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20 Min
10 Min
Stove Top


  • 1 pkg
    16-oz. pkg. thin spaghetti
  • 3 c
    loosely packed fresh basil leaves
  • 3 c
    loosely packed fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
  • 6 oz
    parmesan cheese, grated (approx. 1 1/2 cups), plus more for serving
  • 1 c
    olive oil
  • 1/2 c
    pecan halves
  • 3 Tbsp
    fresh lemon juice (approx. 2 lemons)
  • 2
    garlic cloves
  • 1 tsp
    kosher salt
  • 2 Tbsp
    unsalted butter

  • 4
    garlic cloves
  • 5 oz
    sourdough or other crusty bread (crust removed), cut into 1 inch pieces (about 2 cups)
  • 1 tsp
    lemon zest
  • 1/2 tsp
    kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp
    black pepper
  • 1/4 c
    olive oil

How to Make Pecan Pesto Spaghetti with Garlicky Breadcrumbs


  1. Cook pasta in salted water according to package instructions. Drain well, but reserve 1 1/2 cups cooking liquid. Transfer pasta to a large serving bowl; cover and keep warm.
  2. Meanwhile, process basis, parsley, parmesan cheese, oil, pecans, lemon juice, garlic and salt in a food processor until smooth, scraping down sides if necessary.
  3. Add pesto and butter to hot pasta ; toss gently until pasta is coated well with pesto. Stir in cooking water 1/4 cup at a time until sauce reaches desired consistency - discarding removing pasta water. Top with garlicy bread crumbs and additional parmesan.
  4. For breadcrumbs, pulse garlic cloves in food processor until finely chopped or chop by hand. Add bread and lemon zest until coarse crumbs form. Stir in salt and pepper.
  5. Heat oil in skillet over medium heat. Add breadcrumb mixture and cook, stirring constantly until golden brown and crispy. Transfer crumbs to a small bowl. Top each plate of pasta with crumbs and additional parmesan cheese.

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About Pecan Pesto Spaghetti with Garlicky Breadcrumbs

Course/Dish: Pasta
Main Ingredient: Pasta
Regional Style: American
Dietary Needs: Diabetic Low Fat
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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