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pasta pangrattato with fried egg

Marni Katz
Pasta pangrattato is one of those hard dishes to remember the name of but so simple to make.  Add a fried egg on top and you have a complete meal made in less than 30 minutes.
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine Italian
Servings 6 servings
Calories 511 kcal



  • 2 tablespoons olive oil or butter
  • 1 clove garlic minced or one frozen cube
  • ½ cup panko or plain breadcrumbs
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary or basil if easy to get minced
  • Salt
  • Red pepper flakes optional

Fried Egg

  • 2 generous pours of olive oil olive oil
  • 4 egg
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • 1 lb pasta 16 oz
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • cup Parmesan


Make the Bread Crumbs & Pasta

  • Fill a large pot with water and bring to a boil.
  • In a medium pan over medium heat, heat the olive oil or melt the butter. Once the oil is hot, add the garlic and saute for only 15-30 seconds, so that it doesn’t burn
  • Add the panko and toss in olive oil and garlic. Let the panko get toasty, stirring every few minutes.
  • Add the lemon zest and herbs once the breadcrumbs are light brown and then turn off the heat. Transfer the breadcrumbs to a small bowl.
  • The water should be boiling by now, so add the pasta to the boiling water and cook according to the directions on the package
  • Once the pasta is done, drain and reserve some of the pasta cooking water.  
  • Return the pasta to the pan and toss with parm and garlic breadcrumbs

Fried Eggs

  • Wipe out the breadcrumb pan with a paper towel. Pour a generous amount of olive oil into the pan and heat until oil is just shimmering.
  • Gently crack two eggs into the pan making sure they don’t touch. These eggs will crack and splatter so stand back
  • Cook until the edges get lacey and then carefully flip over. Cook on the second side until egg is set to your preference.


  • Divide pasta into bowls and top each one with a fried egg.  Enjoy while hot!  


Always make your fried eggs in olive oil.  You’ll want delicious crispy wispy edges and the best way to achieve this is with a big glug of Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
If you don't have panko breadcrumbs, you can easily substitute your favorite store bought or homemade breadcrumbs. 


Calories: 511kcalCarbohydrates: 64gProtein: 20gFat: 19gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 144mgSodium: 402mgPotassium: 248mgFiber: 3gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 297IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 185mgIron: 2mg
Keyword 30 minute meal, easy pasta recipe, pangrattato recipe
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