Spaghetti with Pancetta & Breadcrumbs

At a time where NOTHING went to waste, not even stale bread. Nonna (grandmother)  had to make sure dinner was delicious and there was enough food for family & friends. 

The idea of breaking the stale bread into breadcrumbs and adding it to a pasta dish was simply brilliant. This frugal ingredient adds a salty crunchy texture that will totally change your pasta!

Here's the basic recipe.

Serves 2 - 4 depending on the amount of pasta you put. You'll need:


    1. Dice the pancetta up into small pieces TIP - I like to use scissors to cut the pancetta, quick and easy.
    2. At the same time - start a pot of boiling water for the pasta. only add the pasta to the water when it is boiling and only cook for the time indicated on the packet.
    3. Chop up your garlic and add it to your pan with a splash of olive oil and a pinch of italian mixed herbs.
    4. Cook until almost golden and then add your pancetta and cook till semi crispy (not too much)
    5. Add your butter and set aside. 
    6. After your pasta has reached the time indicated on the packet, drain and place back in the pot. 
    7. Add your pancetta and butter from the pan and make sure you get all that tasty oil and butter.
    8. Mix in a little bread crumbs and parmesan.
    9. Add more breadcrumbs and parmesan just before you serve the pasta to make sure they are still crunchy.

    We hope you enjoy it!

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