Orzo Pasta with Toasted Bread Crumbs – The Foodie Patootie

Orzo Pasta with Toasted Bread Crumbs


Orzo pasta – one of my favorites. It looks like rice but it’s pasta and it’s teeny and so you can eat more of it and it’s just cute. Because that’s what’s important.

So sometimes you know how you tend to make the same pasta dishes over and over again and they are all lovely because if not you wouldn’t make them over and over again but then eventually you want something different and so you make a pasta dish that’s different yet the same?


That’s this dish. It’s the same pasta you’re used to, but with a new element. Toasted bread crumbs are where it’s at. I’m tellin’ ya. Progresso Italian Style Bread Crumbs are my favorite because you don’t have to add any additional ingredients to the bread crumbs!

There’s no real “sauce” here, it’s just bread crumbs and garlic and olive oil. And awesome. Oh, and make sure to add some spice (though I guess you could opt out if you really have to). And then we have spinach and tomatoes and fresh parsley. Top with some lemon juice and cheese (cheese!) and done! Dinner in about 30 minutes.


The best part is this dish would go well with any kind of pasta you have, any shape, any size. The breadcrumbs and olive oil coat the pasta well and psst, it’s even better the next day.

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Orzo Pasta with Toasted Bread Crumbs


  • 8 ounces orzo pasta
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 large tomato, chopped
  • 2/3 cup Progresso Bread Crumbs, divided
  • 1/2 tablespoon red pepper flakes (optional)
  • Dash hot sauce (optional)
  • 1 cup torn baby spinach
  • Juice from 1/2 lemon
  • 1/4 cup shredded Pecorino Romano
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley


  1. Cook pasta in a pot of boiling salted water. Do not drain.
  2. While pasta is cooking, add olive oil to a deep saute pan and heat over medium temperature. Add garlic and cook for 2 minutes, being careful not to brown the garlic. Add tomatoes and cook another minute. Add 1/3 cup of bread crumbs and stir, combining all ingredients and soaking up the majority of the olive oil.
  3. Add red pepper flakes, dash of hot sauce, spinach, and salt and pepper to taste. Add a small drizzle of olive oil so spinach can cook and wilt down.
  4. Straight from the pot, add the orzo to the saute pan. Do not drain beforehand. You want to include some of the pasta water. Toss to combine.
  5. Top pasta with lemon juice, cheese, parsley, and remaining 1/3 bread crumbs. Toss again to combine.
  6. Add more cheese, salt, or pepper to taste. You can also add additional olive oil as necessary to maintain a slightly creamy texture to the dish.


9 Responses to “Orzo Pasta with Toasted Bread Crumbs”

  1. Tyana D. — May 20, 2015 at 3:04 pm

    You know, I have never used breadcrumbs in pasta before. After reading this post though, I am ultimately convinced. This pasta dish looks amazing and super yummy! Anything with garlic and spinach is a winner for me. Oh and pasta. Oh and I can’t forget about the cheese! I usually use breadcrumbs for traditional fried meat dishes. Like breaded steak or chicken. But now, it seems I have a new to-do on the list. Pasta with breadcrumbs!!!!! Yass! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

    • Jennifer — May 29th, 2015 @ 8:49 am

      You NEED to make this.

  2. Lauren — May 21, 2015 at 9:53 am

    I would make chicken parmesan with these breadcrumbs!

    • Jennifer — May 29th, 2015 @ 8:48 am

      Chicken Parm is always a good idea!

  3. Nichole — May 27, 2015 at 10:57 pm

    Orzo Pasta is one of my FAVES!!

    • Jennifer — May 29th, 2015 @ 8:47 am

      Me too! I think I love the look of it more than anything else.

  4. Brad DeZur — April 3, 2017 at 1:07 am

    Crumb topped salmon.

    • Jennifer — April 3rd, 2017 @ 1:29 pm

      Yum! I love salmon


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