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Poor Mamma's Spaghetti

Rated as 2.5 out of 5 Stars

"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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20 m servings 355
Original recipe yields 4 servings


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  1. 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.
  2. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add the spaghetti, and cook for about 8 minutes, until tender. Drain.
  3. Mix the reserved oil into the spaghetti, then place onto serving plates. Sprinkle with bread crumbs and freshly ground black pepper.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 355 calories; 11.9 52.7 8.7 0 172 Full nutrition

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I did not care for this recipe. Olive oil and bread usually make a good combination, but not here.

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 c...

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. t...

Ok for a quick cheap supper. Although I added chopped fresh parsley to the crumbs and salt and pepper,

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.

its ok in a pinces

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.