Eat Well For Less: Pangrattato

Honestly it’s a game changer…

Also known as “poor man’s Parmesan”, pangrattato is a penny-pinching classic from southern Italy makes a great pasta “sauce” in its own right but can be used in or on pretty much anything.  It takes a few minutes to make, and costs next to nothing.


  • Stale Bread
  • Garlic
  • Herbs – rosemary, thyme, oregano or sage are great
  • Olive Oil


  • Blitz stale bread in a food processor, the drier the better and tip it out.
  • Blitz a handful of garlic cloves… if you like garlic then throw more in!
  • Grab any herbs you like. Woody ones are best, such as rosemary, thyme, oregano or sage. Blitz again.
  • Add the breadcrumbs back in. Whizz a few times.
  • Heat a frying pan or if you have made lots then spread it onto a baking tray.  Dress with plenty of olive oil and then toast until crispy and golden.
  • Leave it to cool and then put into a container. It lasts ages!

Use pangrattato to add taste and texture to dishes.  Eat it with pasta as a Parmesan substitute, perhaps adding a grating of lemon zest and some chilli flakes. Use it as an additional topping for any other pasta dish, to add texture to salads, as a topping for any stews and sauces, or as a breadcrumb mix for coating meat or veg such as roast cauliflower.  It’s quick, easy, and delicious.  You’ll wonder how you ever existed without it.

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