Pappardelle with Basil, Anchovies and Toasted Breadcrumbs

4 Servings

35 minutes

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A recipe from Richard Olney’s classic book “Lulu’s Provençal Table” inspired this superbly flavorful pasta dish. The no-cook sauce, similar to Italian pesto, is made in a food processor and is redolent with the bold flavors of Southern France. We finish the sauced pasta with toasted chili-spiked breadcrumbs (we prefer panko for it’s light, crisp texture) that offer a welcome textural contrast to the al dente noodles, as well as a subtle spiciness. Pappardelle is a wide, flat, ribbon-like noodle, often made with egg and shaped into nests before drying. If it’s not available, tagliatelle is the best substitute, followed by fettuccine.




Don’t forget to reserve some of the cooking liquid before draining the pasta. Adding a small amount of the starchy water while tossing the anchovy-basil puree with the noodles helps create a silky sauce that coats the pappardelle.

35 minutes



Leslie B.
November 30, 2022
Delicious & easy
Perfect recipe. My husband says best pasta he's eaten.