This is such a tasty recipe! If you're looking for something different, here it is! I get compliments on this all the time. There's some work involved but it's so worth it.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
30 mins
total:
50 mins
Servings:
16
Yield:
16 servings
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Ingredients

16
Original recipe yields 16 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

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  • In a blender or food processor, puree the cilantro, basil, and 3 cloves of garlic until minced very fine. Thoroughly combine the herb mixture in a large bowl with the Parmesan, and 1/4 cup of olive oil; season to taste with salt and pepper. Pack the mixture firmly, about 1 inch thick, into a medium-sized, glass baking dish.

  • Bake in preheated oven until the top is lightly browned and crispy, about 5 to 7 minutes. Remove from oven, stir well, and return to the oven for an additional 5 to 7 minutes until golden brown. Remove from the oven, break apart with a spoon, and allow to cool.

  • While the crunchy stuff is baking, heat olive oil in a large pan over low heat. Lightly brown 2 tablespoons of garlic, stir in the mushrooms, and cook until softened. Stir in the sun-dried tomatoes, and Alfredo sauce; cook to warm.

  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain. To serve, toss pasta in sauce, and sprinkle with crunchy stuff!

Nutrition Facts

733 calories; protein 31.9g; carbohydrates 53.1g; fat 45.4g; cholesterol 71.8mg; sodium 1616.6mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 4 stars
08/28/2006
This recipe tasted great! The only problem I had was with getting the "crunchy" stuff to be crunchy...I baked it in a glass baking dish first and then moved it into a bigger shallower dish and spread it out and baked it a bit more until it looked more golden in color. After it cooled a bit I broke it into smaller pieces to cool a little more...any suggestions would be great! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/28/2006
This recipe tasted great! The only problem I had was with getting the "crunchy" stuff to be crunchy...I baked it in a glass baking dish first and then moved it into a bigger shallower dish and spread it out and baked it a bit more until it looked more golden in color. After it cooled a bit I broke it into smaller pieces to cool a little more...any suggestions would be great! Read More
(5)
Rating: 4 stars
09/11/2006
Very tasty. It took a little longer for the crunchy stuff to brown. My husband loved it! Read More
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