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Browned Panko breadcrumbs

October 25th, 2007 | 10 Comments »


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.

10 responses to “Browned Panko breadcrumbs”

  1. CookingKid says:

    im eating it now. 😀

  2. katesmudge says:

    This recipe reminds me of the brown-buttered noodles my mum used to make regularly. We all loved it as kids. I haven’t thought about these for ages, but I am now going to have to try this recipe. Adding seasonings will make it even better than I remember … I have a hunch that my son might eat these up and enjoy them!

    It’s wonderful when a dish can lift one’s sagging spirits in no time!

  3. Gosh… your mention of ramen noodles brought me back a couple of years! My parents’ version of buttered noodles was “EVOO noodles with a ton of garlic and parsley.” When we moved to the US and lived only on my mum’s salary, it appeared on the table quite frequently. 🙂 thanks for bringing back those memories!

  4. Abby says:

    Shoot, I’m almost 30 and we STILL eat some of that stuff you list! Mostly because we’re somewhat poor and super-busy! I like your take on the grown-up noodles. I might just have to go with that recipe for today’s lunch!

  5. aria says:

    for second there i thought i read a loaf of bread IN a jar!

    oh man i bet these noodles are delicious

  6. Jonathan says:

    Delish. Reminds me of my fave gnocchi recipe. Brown some butter and sage in a pan. Add a big handfull of breadcrumbs and crisp up in the butter and sage. Take some fresh, homemade, cooked gnocchi’s and toss in the sauce. Dress w/ a pinch of S&P and a nice sprinkle of fresh parmigiano. Yum!!! There is something about butter and noodles…

  7. Clumsy says:

    Mmm, buttered noodles! I love the sound of dry mustard mixed in. My college staple was rice mixed with one scrambled egg and ketchup, ugh. But it was cheap!

  8. Kristen says:


    OK – your top paragraph buttered noodles. I’ve been guilty of that as an out of college adult! Just because I know its something my kids will devour 🙂

    Oh and my college staple. Pillsbury biscuts. You know… the kind that you can buy four cans for like a dollar or something. I used to eat those for breakfast, lunch and dinner!

  9. OMG! You just reminded me of the best childhood memory.

    My mother never would have served noodles with butter because it would’ve seemed “unfinished” to her, but my Grandmother used to “test” the noodles by slipping a few in a cup and adding in a dollop of butter and a little salt. We would “test” the noodles together right from the cup over and over until the pasta was done and we were always full before we got to the table. I still remember how the noodles taste.

    Thanks for making me remember that sweet little memory! You are a very good writer…

  10. College days? Try last week. Jeff and I adore buttered noodles. He likes his with a little bit of cooked egg, cream, and cheese. I like mine with simple butter and salt. Ultimate comfort. Ultimate deliciousness. I love the idea of the toasted breadcrumbs too!