Back to the Italian cooking tonight. I'm actually also going to try to do some crafting tonight but I'm not sure. I haven't been that motivated to create anything new. This recipe came from my Giada De Laurentis cookbook, Everyday Italian. A lot of people hate on Giada but I love her. I don't watch a lot (if any) Food Network shows, but I've seen her show once or twice. She's beautiful, Italian and her recipes are relatively easy to make.
In her cookbook, she calls this "Orecchiette with Toasted Bread Crumbs". I've also known this recipe to be called "Sand Pasta" because the toasted crumbs make a gritty, sandy texture coating the outside of the pasta. It's good but slightly dry. She added in prosciutto to cut the dryness, a nice touch. I think mine needed a bit more prosciutto and a little bit more olive oil.
Italian Style Bread Crumbs
1. Boil water and pour in pasta. Follow instructions for cooking time.
2. About 5 minutes before the pasta is finished heat olive oil in a skillet. Add in bread crumbs and stir frequently until they are a toasted golden brown color. Add a bit of salt and pepper.
3. Drain pasta and quickly add it to the toasted bread crumb mixture. Try to keep a little bit of the pasta water so it doesn't get too dry.
4. Add in prosciutto and parmesan. Serve.