Foodie Friday: Walnut-Breadcrumb Pasta with a Soft Egg

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Walnut-Breadcrumb Pasta with Soft Egg

For today’s Foodie Friday, I would like to share a real “keeper” recipe we just tried out in our house. Fresh from Cooking Light’s January 2011 edition, “Walnut-Breadcrumb Pasta with a Soft Egg” is a rich and unusual take on the typical pasta dinner. It is the perfect mix of creamy, crunchy and altogether satisfying.

Walnut-Breadcrumb Pasta with a Soft Egg
From Cooking Light


  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 (2-ounce) piece French bread baguette, torn into small pieces
  • 1/4 cup walnuts
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 ounces uncooked fresh linguine
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh chives
  • 1/3 cup (1 1/2 ounces) crumbled goat cheese


  1. Bring 3 inches of water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add eggs to pan; boil 5 1/2 minutes. Drain. Plunge eggs into ice water, and let stand for 5 minutes. Drain and peel.
  2. Place bread in a food processor, process until finely ground. Add nuts to bread; pulse until finely ground. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add olive oil to pan, and swirl to coat. Add garlic, and sauté for 30 seconds, stirring constantly. Add breadcrumb mixture, salt, and pepper to pan; sauté for 5 minutes or until toasted, stirring frequently.
  3. Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat; drain. Add pasta to the breadcrumb mixture; toss to combine. Sprinkle with parsley and chives; toss to combine. Divide pasta mixture evenly among 4 shallow bowls, and top each serving with 1 egg and 1 1/2 tablespoons cheese. Serve immediately.

Happy eating!


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