Pasta with Yogurt and Parsley Breadcrumbs

What may seem like an odd couple at first glance, the pasta and yogurt strike a nice balance, and the crispy toppings make a world of difference to bring this dish together.

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Pasta with Yogurt and Parsley Breadcrumbs

Recipe Credit
Cookbook – Falastin: A Cookbook (p. 184)
Author – Sami Tamimi and Tara Wigley
Note: This recipe has been updated + slightly altered for website editorial purposes.
Servings 4 people
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 45 mins


  • Chefs Knife
  • Measuring Spoons
  • Measuring Cups
  • Mise en Place Bowls
  • Mixing Bowls
  • Saute Pan
  • Rubber spatula
  • Dutch Oven or Large Pot
  • Colander
  • Serving Spoon


For the Breadcrumbs

  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil (15ml)
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter (16.25g)
  • cup breadcrumbs (40g)
  • tsp salt
  • black pepper to taste
  • ¼ cup parsley (5g) roughly chopped
  • ½ tsp chile flakes

For the Pine Nuts

  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter (48.75g)
  • ½ cup pine nuts (60g)
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika

For the Yogurt Mixture

  • cups Greek yogurt (400g)
  • 3 garlic cloves crushed
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 egg yolks
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil (60ml)

For the Pasta

  • 1 lb orecchiette or penne pasta (450g)
  • ½ cup parsley (10g) roughly chopped
  • ¼ cup basil leaves (5g) roughly torn


  • Prepare your mise en place and measure out all ingredients before starting this recipe.
  • Line a small plate with paper towels.
  • Put 1 tbsp of olive oil into a sauté pan along with 1 tbsp of butter. Place over medium heat and, once bubbling, add the breadcrumbs, ⅛ tsp of salt and a few grinds of black pepper. Cook for about 5 minutes, stirring often or until lightly golden. Add ¼ cup / 5g of the parsley and chile flakes and continue to cook for another 5 minutes, or until deeply crisp and golden. Transfer to prepared small plate with paper towels and set aside.
  • Wipe the pan clean and add 3 tbsp of butter. Place over medium heat and, once bubbling, add the pine nuts. Cook for 3 minutes, stirring often, then add the paprika. Cook for another 3 minutes, continuing to stir, until the pine nuts are deeply golden. Pour the mixture into a bowl and set aside.
  • Put the yogurt into a large mixing bowl (large enough to hold the pasta once it's cooked) with the garlic, cumin, egg yolks and remaining ¼ cup of olive oil. Mix with a large spoon until smooth and set aside.
  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and add the pasta. Cook for about 10 minutes (or according to package instructions), until al dente. Reserve ¼ cup / 60ml of the pasta water, then drain the pasta.
  • Add the hot pasta to the yogurt mixture, along with the reserved pasta water and ½ cup / 10g of parsley. Stir well to combine, then divide among four bowls.
  • Spoon generous portions of the pine nut butter and take a small handful of breadcrumbs for each dish, and then top with basil. Serve at once.


The pine nut butter, breadcrumbs and basil really put this dish over the top and help compliment the two tastes of the pasta and yogurt mixture. Don’t skimp on the toppings!
Author: Sami Tamimi & Tara Wigley
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Israeli, Middle Eastern, Palestinian

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