Browned Panko Breadcrumb Topping
2 T. butter
1/3-1/2 c. Panko breadcrumbs
1 t. garlic powder
1 t. onion powder
1 t. dry basil
1/2 t. dry mustard powder
1 T. ground flaxseed (optional, but it really oomphs up the nutritional aspect)
Salt and pepper to taste
Melt butter in small saute pan. Add crumbs and toss to coat. Add in remaining seasonings and cook over medium-low heat, stirring continually until crumbs are browned and fragrant. Remove from heat and spread on a plate to cool. Add in parmesan/asiago type of cheese if desired. Sprinkle over drained pasta, and toss to coat.
Notes: The seasonings are totally up to you to add; sub in your favorite ones to make this all your own palate pleaser. Don’t leave the crumbs in the pan to cool; they will continue to cook and will end up burnt and unpleasant. Trust me, I know this to be true.