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Pasta and Fresh Cilantro Crunchy Stuff

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Teagan

This is such a tasty recipe! If you're looking for something different, here it is! I get compliments on this all the time. There's some work involved but it's so worth it.

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Nutrition

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  • Calories:
  • 733 kcal
  • 37%
  • Fat:
  • 45.4 g
  • 70%
  • Carbs:
  • 53.1g
  • 17%
  • Protein:
  • 31.9 g
  • 64%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 72 mg
  • 24%
  • Sodium:
  • 1617 mg
  • 65%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  2. In a blender or food processor, puree the cilantro, basil, and 3 cloves of garlic until minced very fine. Thoroughly combine the herb mixture in a large bowl with the Parmesan, and 1/4 cup of olive oil; season to taste with salt and pepper. Pack the mixture firmly, about 1 inch thick, into a medium-sized, glass baking dish.
  3. Bake in preheated oven until the top is lightly browned and crispy, about 5 to 7 minutes. Remove from oven, stir well, and return to the oven for an additional 5 to 7 minutes until golden brown. Remove from the oven, break apart with a spoon, and allow to cool.
  4. While the crunchy stuff is baking, heat olive oil in a large pan over low heat. Lightly brown 2 tablespoons of garlic, stir in the mushrooms, and cook until softened. Stir in the sun-dried tomatoes, and Alfredo sauce; cook to warm.
  5. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain. To serve, toss pasta in sauce, and sprinkle with crunchy stuff!
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Reviews

Melissa
5
8/28/2006

This recipe tasted great! The only problem I had was with getting the "crunchy" stuff to be crunchy...I baked it in a glass baking dish first and then moved it into a bigger shallower dish and spread it out and baked it a bit more until it looked more golden in color. After it cooled a bit I broke it into smaller pieces to cool a little more...any suggestions would be great!

CBARQUERO
3
9/11/2006

Very tasty. It took a little longer for the crunchy stuff to brown. My husband loved it!