This bucatini peperonata with toasted rosemary breadcrumbs is the perfect healthy weeeknight dinner. It comes together in under 30 minutes and is full of sweet pan-roasted bell peppers with rosemary breadcrumbs for a little bit of crunchy texture.
bucatini peperonata with toasted rosemary breadcrumbs

What happens when you sit down next to a bag of holiday mint M&M’s while watching the Kardashians on Superbowl Sunday.

Is that you eat them.

Like, so many of them.


It’s kind of a huge reminder of what it was like to be all single lady when you ate ALL THE THINGS because there were no other eyes around to watch you skeptically.

As opposed to once you move in with a boy and then you blink and all the food is gone. So it is impossible to eat ALL THE THINGS.

Because they’re all inΒ his belly.


Can we take this pasta for example?

I let the.boy serve himself and the next thing I know, he has left me approximately five noodles to “have for lunch tomorrow”.

As if, had he added those five noodles to his dish of six hundred thirty-five, they would have really pushed him over the edge.

Eye roll. Big eye roll.


So now you see why I had to eat so many M&M’s.

For their protection/my mint chocolate-loving happiness.


To be fair, this pasta was SUPER so I don’t really blame him for overserving himself. Especially for a meal that comes together in 30 MINUTES OR LESS.

It’s cray cray. That never happens around here.

First, you whizz up your favorite bread in a food processor, and then toast it in some butter and olive oil along with rosemary and parmesan until it’s nice and crunchy. In that same pan, you then saute up a colorful mix of pepper slices. Toss with cooked pasta, some more parmesan, and then top with your breadcrumbs.

Boom. Done.

Just don’t eat it all in one sitting.

But even if you do, it is so easy to make again.



One year ago…Red Velvet and Cinnamon Layer Cake

Two years ago…Risotto with Carrots and Feta, Pumpkin Layer Cake with Butterscotch Filling

Three years ago…Tortilla de Sweet Potatoes

Four years ago…Grilled Turkey, Bacon, Arugula, and Blue Cheese Sandwiches on Red Beet Buns

Five years ago…Pesto Pizza with Butternut Squash

Bucatini Peperonata with Rosemary Breadcrumbs
This bucatini peperonata with toasted rosemary breadcrumbs is the perfect healthy weeeknight dinner. It comes together in under 30 minutes and is full of sweet pan-roasted bell peppers with rosemary breadcrumbs for a little bit of crunchy texture.
Yield: 4 servings
  • 1 cup homemade bread crumbs
  • 3 tbsp olive oil, divided
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 2½ tsp fresh rosemary
  • 2 tbsp plus ½ cup grated parmesan cheese, divided
  • 3 bell peppers, seeded and thinly sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ tsp red pepper flakes
  • 8 oz bucatini, linguine, or spaghetti
  • 2 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • salt and black pepper, to taste
  1. Heat 1 tbsp olive oil and tbsp butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add in the bread crumbs, rosemary, and 2 tbsp parmesan cheese to skillet and saute, stirring occasionally, until bread crumbs start to brown and smell toasty, about 5-6 minutes. Remove to a bowl.
  2. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
  3. In the meantime, in that same skillet, heat remaining 2 tbsp olive oil. Add garlic and red pepper flakes to the pan and saute for about 30 seconds, or until garlic starts to smell fragrant. Add in the pepper slices and a sprinkle of salt and black pepper. Saute for 5-8 minutes, or until peppers are cooked through and starting to brown in places.
  4. Cook the pasta according to package instructions, reserving ½ cup cooking water. Toss the cooked pasta with the bell peppers, remaining ½ cup parmesan cheese, and vinegar. Season to taste with salt and black pepper. Serve tossed with breadcrumb topping.
Adapted from Vegetarian Times
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ¼ of recipe


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78 Responses to Bucatini Peperonata with Toasted Rosemary Breadcrumbs

  1. Beth says:

    I love everything about this dish. Can’t wait to try it!

  2. Joanne, you are too funny. And with simple recipes like this, you best be training the.boy to cook for you! ????????

  3. Monica says:

    I adore bucatini and this looks like such a great weeknight dinner. I hope you make it again soon so you can enjoy a bit more of it! : ) This reminds me I’ve been wanting to go to Eataly or Chelsea Market to buy some pastas and other ingredients. It’s snowing and I’m hungry!

  4. That bread and the pasta look amazing! I love how you made the fresh bread crumbs. Have a great week, Joanne!

  5. I love the addition of fresh bread crumbs to this dish! And I love the colorful peppers. Totally a winning meal for a weeknight when you’re short on time!

  6. Simply Life says:

    haha, I always cook “extra” for leftovers and somehow it just seems we must always take bigger servings πŸ™‚

  7. Julia says:

    I love it when you talk French to me…errr…I mean…Italian πŸ˜‰ I’ve never had bucatini peperonata and I already love it! I can see why the.boy couldn’t resist putting 75,000 noodles in his dish! What a glorious comforting meal, which most definitely should be followed by mint m&ms! YUM!

  8. That looks so vibrant! Great dish. I find that if I make extra for leftovers we just eat twice as much.

  9. I always eat all the things. And this thing? This thing is awesome.

  10. bellini says:

    I’m there Joanne to help you eat those 5 noodles:D

  11. bellini says:

    ..or make another batch.

  12. I love breadcrumb pasta! For some reason, I never thought of using rosemary with it. I bet it just smells fantastic.

  13. SallyBR says:

    Love this pasta, the rosemary bread crumbs are a touch of class!

    A certain person who lives in my home gets upset when he shreds cheese for the fajitas he is making, and 50% of it disappears before we sit down for dinner. I say it is totally uncalled for. Obviously, he needs to shred more cheese to start with.

    I suppose you agree with me on this one….

  14. Deena kakaya says:

    I love a good plate of pasta and that is mighty fine one! Love the contrast of smooth, slippery pasta and salty and crunchy breadcrumbs x

  15. I love everything about this dish!! Especially how you made fresh breadcrumbs for it and how the boy ate it all.

  16. Hahaha. Since we both work from home, we pretty much know what each other is up to. Like ALL THE TIME. It makes it impossible to sneak into the pantry and grab some of the pretzel M&Ms without making noise and letting him (and the whole world) know what you’re up to. This pasta wouldn’t last 30 seconds in my house. 20, tops.

  17. This is beautiful. Bell peppers are my favorite pasta add in. I might have been guilty of eating it all, too!

  18. I love the homemade breadcrumb topping for this pasta dish – it looks like it adds nice flavor dimension and texture.

  19. Jessie says:

    Fortunately (or unfortunately?), Peter doesn’t tend to inhale all the food in the house. I had to laugh at the leaving behind of five noodles for “lunch” – we’ve both been on the receiving end of that (yup, I do it, too!).

    This pasta dish looks amazing, especially with those toasted breadcrumbs! Have a great week, Joanne!

  20. I love quick and easy recipes like this gorgeous one – I don’t blame the boy for leaving you only 5 noodles for lunch, if I had been your guest, I might not even have left you 5 noodles!
    Yes – this looks that good!

  21. I knew as soon as you instagramed this that I would want it in my mouth. Peppers are definitely one of my favorite foods.

  22. I’ve made something similar to this before so I know how good it tastes.

  23. cheri says:

    Rosemary breadcrumbs, love it! Can’t wait to try this.

  24. It looks delicious and I LOVE the addition of roemary breadcrumbs for crunch! Yummm!

  25. Love your homemade breadcrumbs, Joanne. The pasta looks very tasty.

  26. It’s so awesome topping pasta with toasted breadcrumbs (carbs on carbs ftw) and it’s even more awesome when said pasta dish takes less than 30 minutes to make!

  27. Sunni says:

    O.M.G. If God says TODAY (and the creek don’t rise).. I’m making this tonight!! Please,..I BEG you…. What kind of bread is that?……Drooling and ready to shop…….Blessings! -Sunni

  28. Oh dear Lord, if I had a nickel for every time the husband did that to me. Almost as maddening as when he opens the fridge and declares there is “NOTHING TO EAT” when there are like five containers of leftovers right in front of his face. Oy. I’d totally fight him for an extra bowl of this bucatini, though.

  29. Ah I hate when the good leftovers disappear! Stupid boys

  30. LOVE this! I always love breadcrumbs on pasta (even if it is a little overkill), and I bet the rosemary flavor takes it over the top!

  31. LOVE that breadcrumb topping Joanne! I’m all about textures and flavors!

  32. Wonderful dish! We make a similar pasta dish – so good!

  33. sandra says:

    so funny – my husband always leaves something in the bowl – and it is usually not enough for a snack, let alone a meal. If you can’t eat it just throw it out – cause you’re going to be doing that in a week any way, when you can’t stuff another thing in the fridge and realize that that little container of what-is-it?-oh-yeah-last week’s-dinner is not enough to even bother taking out of the box.

  34. Lynn says:

    I wish I had some of that right now! I hope you enjoyed your paltry few strands of pasta for lunch. πŸ™‚

  35. Pam says:

    I know my husband loves a recipe when there isn’t any leftovers! This pasta looks simple, healthy, and delicious. I love meals like this.

  36. love the idea of your breadcrumbs..I feel the same way about pasta, so dont really blame the boy πŸ˜›

  37. This! I want it now!

    Looks so delicious and effortlessly easy. High five, totally my kind of meal. Cannot wait to try this!

  38. I legit feel ESL coming to your blog cause half the time I have no clue what your recipe titles mean! Thanks for making me feel more cultured lol

  39. Those mint M and Ms are so addictive! I love the bread crumbs on this pasta!

  40. Eileen says:

    Rosemary breadcrumbs are such a good idea! I already heart breadcrumb pasta, with all its crunch, and rosemary is only going to make it way better. NOM.

  41. Corina says:

    It looks gorgeous – the breadcrumbs must really give it a nice texture.

  42. I really love this idea! I am going right now to order peppers for my next grocery delivery.

  43. Gorgeous – this pasta looks delicious!

  44. The perfect food after a week of gluttony!! Love the toasted rosemary breadcrumbs:)Oh, and my bday is Feb 25th! You????

  45. Hotly Spiced says:

    I’m quick to make sure I serve myself first or it would be the same situation here. And yes, it’s like the bottle of wine or the carton of milk where after he has helped himself there are a few mills left at the bottom – you see, he didn’t take it all! Love the look of this pasta and love love love how quickly it can all come together xx

  46. HA!
    I never serve my hubby, he would leave me with 2 noodles and half a meatball!

  47. Kathryn says:

    Love how quick and easy this is – such a perfect + tasty weeknight supper.

  48. i never knew i wanted rosemary breadcrumbs until today! wow! πŸ™‚

  49. Betty says:

    Love those breadcrumbs! They’d be good on just about anything. I’d have to save some back before even showing the hubby- I need those leftovers for lunch! πŸ™‚

  50. This was me scrolling down the pictures – yes, oh yes, oh that looks so good!! Since the only meat I eat is poultry, I’ve delved way deep into vegetarian category, and I’m loving the sound of this pasta! The fresh bread crumbs on top look DELICIOUS!

  51. Christina says:

    Yum yum… can’t really judge the boy for eating all the noodles, I would too

  52. Johanna GGG says:

    this sounds excellent to me – quick and healthy and more time to eat M and Ms πŸ™‚

    I wish I ate less because I had a man in the house but he just buys lots of junk food and then only eats part of it and what can I do but help out πŸ™‚

  53. Megan says:

    It does sound wonderful, and I love how quick it is. I’d definitely pile the extra five noodles in my bowl.

  54. Yum! breadcrumb topping on pasta is the best! I love it with a touch of truffle oil!

  55. I adore this dish, looks every bit appetizing and yummy.
    I have 3 boys at home, food is gone even before it hit the table…:).

  56. This sounds like a tasty pasta. It sounds like it would be great for a weekday meal.

  57. Delicious! The other night Dave left two pieces of sweet potato in the dish, for what I don’t know πŸ™‚

  58. rosemary breadcrumbs sounds fantastic!

  59. Breadcrumbs really do make everything better!

  60. That sounds about right. Whenever I have anything delicious in my house, it’s eaten up by everyone. I can never get to it!
    This looks so good! I am so into quick and easy meals πŸ™‚

  61. You need to quarantine your lunch serve before you let him near the kitchen! This looks so beautiful – what fresh gorgeous colours.

  62. elly says:

    Boys like to leave small amounts of things for some reason. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve opened a box of cereal to find, like, five flakes. Sigh. Anyway, this looks delicious!

  63. Kate says:

    We’ve having pasta for dinner tonight, but it’s the macaroni and cheese kind. So not as healthy. But hey, it has pumpkin in it, so that’s a step in the right direction!

  64. Pasta topped with homemade bread crumbs? OMG my dream meal.

  65. Susan says:

    LOVE pasta with breadcrumbs! Usually I add basil to mine but the rosemary sounds equally delicious.

  66. Reeni says:

    Bucatini and me are best friends! Love how fast this comes together! And those toasty bread crumbs – I need some of them in my life!

  67. Love mint candies!! And KUWTK is my guilty pleasure! I’m totally digging this pasta dish…easy, healthy, and super delicious. πŸ™‚

  68. Courtney says:

    This looks so fantastic, and I know Clara would love it. Then again, I’m not sure anyone would turn down pasta + fresh breadcrumbs + peppers.

  69. grace says:

    the breadcrumbs really bring this one home for me, joanne! it’s lovely!

  70. This looks so bright and sunny and I am loving those rosemary breadcrumbs. πŸ˜‰

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  72. Hey Joanne, I included your pasta in my Valentine’s Day Recipe Roundup! πŸ™‚

  73. Nutmeg Nanny says:

    Oh my, this looks glorious πŸ™‚ my husband is sure to adore this!

  74. Foodiewife says:

    Quick dinners, packed with flavor and color = happy working person. Pasta is usually my first thought when I’m too tired to cook. This one would definitely be devoured in no time at all.

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