What did Mamma do when her grocery money didn't stretch for real Parmesan cheese? She improvised, naturally. Being a good cook, her meal eventually became famous, even dukes loved Mamma's spaghetti. And so will you. But pssst, don't give away Mamma's little secret...

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Recipe Summary

prep:
5 mins
cook:
15 mins
total:
20 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Pour the olive oil into a skillet and set over medium heat. Add the garlic clove, and cook until the clove is browned. Remove the garlic from the oil, and finely crumble the slices of bread into the skillet. Cook until nicely toasted, then scoop out the crumbs onto a paper towel. Reserve the oil.

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  • Meanwhile, bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add the spaghetti, and cook for about 8 minutes, until tender. Drain.

  • Mix the reserved oil into the spaghetti, then place onto serving plates. Sprinkle with bread crumbs and freshly ground black pepper.

Nutrition Facts

355 calories; protein 8.7g; carbohydrates 52.7g; fat 11.9g; sodium 172.1mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (8)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
02/24/2019
No changes were made. Followed exactly. Would make it again. Great for a quick easy lunch or dinner serving whatever you like alongside or just alone. Read More

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
07/18/2013
I did not care for this recipe. Olive oil and bread usually make a good combination but not here. Read More
(20)
9 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 1
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 1 stars
07/18/2013
I did not care for this recipe. Olive oil and bread usually make a good combination but not here. Read More
(20)
Rating: 1 stars
01/04/2006
Well after I put the bread into the olive oil to brown it there wasn't any reserve oil left for the spaghetti. It was a waste of bread and olive oil. I didn't care for the taste of the bread crumbs either. Sorry. Read More
(16)
Rating: 3 stars
01/23/2009
this is okay. im 13 and love to cook. i made this recipe as lunch on day and i thought it tasted alright. i took out the breadcrumbs and while roasting the garlic i added onion salt pepper. then on top i ground some of McCormick gridners.. the italian one on.. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
03/23/2008
Ok for a quick cheap supper. Although I added chopped fresh parsley to the crumbs and salt and pepper Read More
(5)
Rating: 1 stars
06/28/2010
Maybe it's just me but isn't a store brand shaker of parm cheese about half the cost of olive oil?? I did not care for this recipe. Read More
(4)
Rating: 3 stars
11/17/2007
its ok in a pinces Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
01/15/2015
I would rate this as a five star for really stretching your dollar but other than that it's flavorless. A little crushed red pepper would up it some. Read More
(1)
Rating: 4 stars
02/24/2019
No changes were made. Followed exactly. Would make it again. Great for a quick easy lunch or dinner serving whatever you like alongside or just alone. Read More
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