Seasonal Chef: Pulling Together an Easy Spaghetti Dish for Dinner


Spring is just about here, but Mother Nature has one more storm up her sleeve. It looks like the Northeast is in for one last snow hurrah. I think we are all hoping it will blow over. The ups and downs of the past few months have taken a toll, and it can be exhausting. Last Friday I got home from work and was looking for the easiest thing I could make for dinner.  Starting with spaghetti from the pantry I found asparagus in the ‘fridge and a sadly dried half baguette. (Sometimes it’s the proverbial “shoemakers family” in my house.) A few weeks ago I read a post by one of my favorite bloggers Smitten Kitchen, and had this idea in my mind since then.


Believe it or not, this whole dish will come together in under 30 minutes, which made me very happy that Friday evening.  Everything is cooking simultaneously, making it easy to pull it all together.

spicy breadcrumbs

The heat is up to you. Add as little or lot of red chili flakes.


If you don’t have a stale baguette or Italian loaf use panko bread crumbs. But I highly encourage the chunky bread. It lends a really nice crunchy texture to the dish and makes it really interesting.

toss asparagus, breadcrumbs and spaghetti
Toss it all together and use the pasta water to lend a creaminess with the parmesan cheese.

Spaghetti, Asparagus, Breadcrumbs and a fried egg

This is a perfect throw-it-together dinner to have with a glass of wine in front of the fireplace or television. (Just what we did that night!) Unpretentious, easy and utterly divine. Sometimes all you need is a good bowl of pasta to make you really happy to be home from a long day. Click this link to see my recipe for: Spaghetti, Asparagus and Spicy Bread Crumbs.

Buon Appetito

One year ago: Fish in Cartoccio (in parchment)
Two years ago: Trout and Apricot Mostarda



About Author

Seasonal Chef blogger Maria Reina comes to the world of food as a third career, spending a great portion of her adult life in the field of Human Resources. With her private company Bella Cucina Maria she is a personal chef, caterer and recreational cooking class teacher in Westchester. She's an avid food television watcher and cookbook collector, always looking for a new take on a traditional dish. In her free time she loves hanging out at local farmer's markets, chatting it up with the farmers and doing cooking demos with their seasonal ingredients. In addition to her blog, which is loaded with easy recipes, you can follow her on Facebook (Bella Cucina Maria), Twitter (Bellacucinam), Instagram (Bellacucinam) and Pinterest (Bellacucinam).

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