Spaghetti with Garlic, Olive Oil, and Spicy Bread Crumbs

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Spaghetti with Garlic, Olive Oil, and Spicy Bread Crumbs


  • 2 slices hearty white sandwich bread , torn into pieces
  • 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • Salt
  • 1 pound spaghetti
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley leaves


1. Bring 4 quarts water to boil in large pot. Meanwhile, process bread in food processor until coarsely ground. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in large skillet over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add bread crumbs and cook, stirring occasionally, until light golden, about 3 minutes. Add half of garlic and 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Transfer to bowl and season with salt.
2. Wipe out skillet and add remaining 4 tablespoons oil, remaining half of garlic, and remaining 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes. Cook over medium-low heat until garlic is just golden, 1 to 3 minutes. Remove pan from heat.
3. Add 1 tablespoon salt and spaghetti to boiling water. Cook until al dente. Reserve 1/4 cup cooking water, drain pasta, and return to pot along with reserved water. Stir in oil mixture, Parmesan, and parsley. Season with salt and sprinkle with bread crumbs. Serve.

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