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Parsnip Pasta with Garlic Thyme Breadcrumbs

This vegetarian parsnip pasta tastes fancy and elegant but comes together in just 30 minutes with basic ingredients!
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American, Italian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 520kcal



  • Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook until al dente. I like to cook it about 2 minutes less than what's listed on the package. **Reserve a cup or more of pasta water before draining.**
  • While the pasta is cooking, prepare the breadcrumbs and parsnips. In a large skillet over medium heat, warm a tablespoon of olive oil. Add the garlic and cook for a minute until fragrant, stirring constantly to avoid burning. Stir in the breadcrumbs and thyme leaves, and season with salt and pepper. Cook for a few more minutes until the breadcrumbs are golden brown. Remove the breadcrumbs from the skillet and set aside.
  • In the same skillet, warm the rest of the olive oil. Add the thinly sliced parsnips and cook, stirring occasionally, for 7 to 9 minutes until softened and slightly crispy.
  • At this point, the pasta should be ready. Add the cooked and drained linguine to the skillet with the parsnips. Sprinkle in the parmesan cheese and stir to evenly distribute it. Add splashes of the pasta water and stir to thin the cheese coating and give the pasta some sheen. Only add a little bit at a time to avoid water-logging the dish and causing the cheese to clump.
  • Spoon the pasta and parsnips into serving bowls. Top with the crispy breadcrumbs, garnish with more thyme or cheese if desired, and enjoy!
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  • This dish is best enjoyed right away, but you could keep leftovers in the fridge for a couple of days. Reheat in the microwave or in a skillet with a little extra olive oil to loosen it up.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 520kcal | Carbohydrates: 74g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 359mg | Potassium: 694mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 329IU | Vitamin C: 29mg | Calcium: 300mg | Iron: 3mg