20-Minute Pasta Mollicata Recipe: This Southern Italian Pasta Recipe Is Anything But Poor by 30Seconds Food

20-Minute Pasta Mollicata Recipe: This Southern Italian Pasta Recipe Is Anything But Poor

Pasta mollicata (aka pasta with breadcrumbs) is a traditional Italian dish served all over southern Italy. Made with pasta, breadcrumbs and anchovies, this easy dinner recipe is sometimes referred to as a "poor man's dish." 

The simple pasta mollicata recipe may be made with humble ingredients, but the taste is good enough for royalty. And it's ready in about 20 minutes! 

Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Servings: 4


Here's how to make it: 

  1. Cook the pasta according to package directions. Save about 1/4 cup of the pasta cooking water when draining.
  2. Heat the olive oil and a little of the anchovy oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add the garlic, anchovies and crushed red pepper flakes, if using. Cook, stirring, about 3 minutes or until the anchovies have dissolved and garlic is lightly browned. 
  3. Add the breadcrumbs and cook until they are toasted, about 2 to 3 minutes. 
  4. Add the cooked pasta to the pan and about 1/4 cup of the pasta cooking water. Sprinkle in the cheese. Toss to combine. Season with black pepper, to taste. Garnish with the chopped parsley. 

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Bucatini $2 & Up
Olive Oil $4 & Up
Black Pepper $2 & Up
Pasta Bowls $9 & Up
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Donna John
Such an easy recipe that's just packed with flavor. Be sure not to burn the garlic!!
Elisa Schmitz
This sounds SO good! It's on my to-make list.
Amazing recipe. 😋
Sean Robbins Portland
Just looking at the picture makes me hungry :p
Andrea Zanon
Amazing recipe and uniquely Italian as we do cook a lot with anchovies and sardines particularly in the South of my country. Well done again
Elisa Schmitz
We're so happy you like this recipe, Andrea Zanon . It's wonderful to hear that our recipes pass the authenticity test to a native Italian, thank you!

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