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Here’s a simple recipe for making breadcrumbs for a pasta bake:


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Breadcrumbs for a pasta bake.

As for the cooking time for the pasta bake itself, it can vary depending on the specific recipe you're following. Typically, a pasta bake is cooked in a preheated oven at around 350°F to 375°F (175°C to 190°C) for about 20 to 30 minutes. However, cooking times can vary depending on the ingredients and the size of the dish. It's always best to refer to the recipe you're using for specific instructions on cooking time and temperature.
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 4 slices of day-old bread (any type you prefer)

  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil

  • 1/2 teaspoon of dried herbs (such as oregano, basil, or thyme)

  • Salt and pepper to taste (optional)


  • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
  • Tear the slices of bread into small pieces and place them in a food processor or blender. You can also use a grater or your hands to crumble the bread into fine crumbs.
  • Process or blend the bread until you achieve the desired texture. You can make them fine or leave them slightly chunky, depending on your preference.
  • Transfer the breadcrumbs to a bowl and drizzle the olive oil over them. Mix well to ensure the breadcrumbs are evenly coated with the oil.
  • Sprinkle the dried herbs, salt, and pepper over the breadcrumbs and mix again until the seasonings are well incorporated.
  • Spread the seasoned breadcrumbs evenly on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
  • Place the baking sheet in the preheated oven and bake for about 10-12 minutes, or until the breadcrumbs turn golden brown and crispy. Keep a close eye on them to avoid burning.
  • Once the breadcrumbs are baked and crispy, remove them from the oven and let them cool completely.
  • Store the breadcrumbs in an airtight container or a sealed plastic bag until you're ready to use them in your pasta bake recipe.
  • These homemade breadcrumbs can be used as a delicious topping for your pasta bake, providing a crispy and flavorful finish to the dish. Enjoy!



Here are some additional notes and tips for making breadcrumbs for a pasta recipe:
1. Bread Selection: It's best to use day-old bread that has slightly dried out. This helps in achieving crispier breadcrumbs. You can use any type of bread, such as white bread, whole wheat bread, or even specialty bread like ciabatta or baguette.
2. Fresh vs. Dried Breadcrumbs: Fresh breadcrumbs are made from fresh bread and have a softer texture. Dried breadcrumbs are made from dried-out bread and have a crunchier texture. For most pasta recipes, dried breadcrumbs are preferable as they provide a nice crunchy topping. However, if you prefer a softer texture, you can use fresh breadcrumbs.
3. Seasoning: While salt and pepper are the basic seasoning options, you can get creative with additional herbs and spices. Consider adding dried herbs like oregano, basil, thyme, or rosemary to enhance the flavor. Garlic powder, onion powder, or paprika can also add a nice kick. Experiment with different combinations to suit your taste preferences and the flavor profile of your pasta dish.
4. Customization: Breadcrumbs offer an opportunity to customize the flavor of your pasta dish. If you're making an Italian-inspired pasta bake, you can add grated Parmesan or Pecorino cheese to the breadcrumbs for an extra savory touch. For a spicy twist, you can mix in some chili flakes or cayenne pepper. Feel free to get creative and adapt the breadcrumbs to complement your pasta recipe.
5. Storage: If you have leftover breadcrumbs, you can store them in an airtight container or a zip-top bag. Keep them in a cool, dry place or refrigerate them to maintain their crispness. Properly stored, homemade breadcrumbs can last for several weeks.
Remember, making homemade breadcrumbs allows you to control the flavor and quality of your pasta dish. Have fun experimenting with different seasonings and enjoy the added texture and taste in your pasta recipes!


Serving: 50g
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