Pantry pasta is getting me through these pretty crazy times. With all of the uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus, it’s pretty easy to become stressed or anxious or scared.
What if we can’t leave the house for an extended period of time? What if we get sick? The “what if’s?” are endless.
My husband works at a hospital and I’ve been really afraid for his health and safety. In times like these, I appreciate the medical community and all they do so much.
There’s not a lot we can control – but we can control our response. I’m trying to stay calm and positive as much as I can.
Cooking always helps. It helps me get my mind off of everything else going on – and I hope the same for you. I’m going to focus on bringing you easy, simple, recipes that require very few ingredients that you probably already have.
This pantry pasta is the first of my “pantry” series – and it’s as simple as it is absolutely delicious.
With about 15 minutes and some pantry staples, hopefully dinner will be ones less thing for you to worry about.
Pantry Pasta Ingredients
- 1 lb any kind of pasta
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 4 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1 tsp red pepper flakes (more if you like spicy!)
- 4 tbsp breadcrumbs
- salt and pepper, to taste
- extra virgin olive oil, for topping
- parmesan cheese, for topping
- optional: rosemary or herbs for serving
Pantry Pasta Directions
Bring a large pot of salted water to a rolling boil. Add pasta and cook to package directions.
Heat olive oil in a pan on medium heat. Add garlic and red pepper flakes to the pan. Saute until garlic is fragrant, about 3 minutes.
Remove garlic and red pepper flakes from the pan and set aside. While the pan is hot, toast the breadcrumbs in the pan until golden brown. You don’t even have to keep the stove on, you can add the breadcrumbs while the pan is still hot – this will help avoid burning them.
When the pasta is done, transfer to a large serving bowl. Add garlic, red pepper flakes, and breadcrumbs and mix well.
Add a pinch of salt and pepper to taste. If your pasta seems a bit dry, drizzle some extra virgin olive oil and mix well. Keep adding until everything reaches your desired consistency.
Top with parmesan cheese and any herbs you have on hand. Mangia!