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The Ingredient Bobby Flay Adds To Pasta For A Bit Of Crunch
Although a basic pasta dish just has two primary ingredients—pasta and sauce—there are many ways to improve it by incorporating meat and vegetables or by adding a basil or cheese garnish. For that extra crunch, celebrity chef Bobby Flay offers a unique pasta topping.
Flay’s pasta dish is not complete unless it's topped with breadcrumbs. The addition of crunch makes the dish so much better that Flay attributes his recurrent victories on his cooking competition show, "Beat Bobby Flay," to the ingredient.
Flay prefers to use panko-style breadcrumbs for his pasta, but he toasts them first in a pan and then mixes them with butter, minced garlic, kosher salt, black pepper, and lemon zest. Flay said that since this breadcrumb mixture lasts for several days, it can be prepared ahead of time.