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Rainbow Breadcrumb Pasta Nestled on Top of Siena’s Doumo

Rainbow breadcrumbs Pasta

“Si mangia e si mangia bene,” which roughly translates to “You eat and eat well.” While visiting Italy, I realized the blessings of the 5 ingredient wonders of the world. Fresh simple foods made simply.

With Italian cooking, there is no fussing about in the kitchen with prepping lots of exotic ingredients and spices. Actually, very few Ingredients are used in Italian dishes and the ones that are used are very simple, fresh and made with love. Keep on reading to find out how to simplify your life and get a delicious dinner on the table is less than 15 minutes flat...

Rainbow breadcrumbs Pasta

While walking through the cobbled stone streets of Italy, I felt the magic. It is the simple and carefree life. People stop to smell the roses and smile. Life is about quality not quantity. It has a very calming effect on everyone and everything in the city.

Rainbow breadcrumbs Pasta

Today's society has put many pressures on us such as high stress professions, family needs and commitments. Sometimes, we just need to put things back into perspective and simplify our lives. Sometimes less really is better. The more you have the more complicated things become and you lose site of what you were doing in the first place.

Rainbow breadcrumbs Pasta

Food, believe it or not, or the preparation of it can be seen in the same way. In the end, it is not about the fancy expensive ingredients you used or how long it took you to prepare it.  Life is about making the people you  love both happy and nourished.  At the end of day, it is about life balance and spending more time with the ones you love while enjoying some great food together.

Rainbow breadcrumbs Pasta

I also was inspired by the simple and peaceful comfort of walking into the Doumo while visiting Siena. The lighting was dim and even though it had many visitors they were quiet and respectful. I only heard the sound of the pews squeak as people say down to pray and give their respects. I could smell the light delicate scent of the candles lit for those that we love and remember. I felt the cool breeze and the muffled echo of my footsteps as I walked down the Aisle and look up at the serene dome above.

Rainbow breadcrumbs Pasta

I bet most of you might think that the most memorable view of the doumo in Siena is the library?

Or maybe a walk up the altar while looking at the stunning ceiling.

Rainbow breadcrumbs Pasta

For me, the most intriguing part of the Siena Doumo, was the simple beauty that lies right under our feet.

Did you know that there are over 56 etched and inlaid marble panels that were designed by at least 40 leading artists on the floor of the Doumo in Siena. The floor is completely inlaid with pictorial pavings, inlaid with different colored marbles. However today, most of which are covered to protect them but a few are left open for us to view.

Rainbow breadcrumbs Pasta

As I walked down a small path leading to our Hotel Athena in Siena, I watched in awe as an elderly gentleman was hand painting his pottery. It was beautiful and something triggered a spark in me.  I realized these painting on his pottery were a replication of some of the works on the floor of the Doumo in Siena. Bam's Kitchen now has a beautiful hand painted olive oil dispenser and pasta plate to remember our lovely time in Siena and especially the beautiful floors in the Doumo. (Thank you Mr. Anonymous!)

Rainbow breadcrumbs Pasta

Rainbow breadcrumbs Pasta

I was inspired to find simplicity in my life on my return home. I consulted one of my favorite Italian chefs ChgoJohn from for a delicious and simple recipe that is sure to please everyone in the family. If you have not visited ChgoJohn's family recipes cooking website, delay no more. He takes beautiful simple quality ingredients and makes some lovely Italian culinary masterpieces. John really takes the complexity out of cooking and his instructions are very easy to follow on his blog. ChgoJohn really has a passion for cooking and he spreads that excitement and vitality wherever he visits.I explained to ChgoJohn that I had this delicious breadcrumb pasta in Italy.  I asked for his suggestions on making something that my teenage boys would like, so that I could recreate this at home.

Rainbow breadcrumbs Pasta

A big thank you to ChgoJohn and his e-mail recipe as it was a huge hit with my teenage boys.( My hungry teenagers went back for seconds and third helpings, so I assume that gives this dish at least a 5 star rating)  My Rainbow Breadcrumb Pasta took me less than 15 minutes to prepare using only about 5 or 6 ingredients. Please keep on reading to hear more about ChgoJohn's simple dish that will put a smile on anyone who sits down at your table to dine.

Rainbow Breadcrumb Pasta

Recipe from ChgoJohn at The Bartolini Kitchen with a few adaptations

( and some e-mail exchanges)

Recipe serves 4 adults or 1 hungry teenager

  • 1 pound pasta (I used Rainbow Bow tie pasta I purchased in Italy, only because my boys have been begging me to make something with them from the moment we returned)
  • salt
  • 3/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)
  • 3 – 6 cloves of garlic thinly diced
  • 1/2 to 1 tsp red pepper flakes to taste (optional)
  • 1/2-2/3 cups seasoned breadcrumbs ( Seasoned breadcrumbs are difficult to find here in HK so I made my own homemade breadcrumbs and seasoned them with a lovely mixed dry Italian seasoning that I purchased while in Italy- it has dried slices of garlic, oregano, basil, dried onion, salt, pepper and dried red pepper flakes)
  • reserved pasta water
  • chopped parsley, for garnish (optional)
  • 4 tablespoons of dry seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese (optional)
  • drizzle of fresh Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)
Step 1: In a large pot place water and salt well and bring to a boil (preparations to boil the pasta)
Step 2: Start boiling pasta.  Cook until just aldente per the directions on package. (reserve some of the pasta water for later)
Step 3: In a separate large saute pan (Big enough for all of the pasta) place olive oil, red pepper flakes and garlic and saute until fragrant. Add seasoned breadcrumbs and saute until lightly toasted.
Step 4: Drain the pasta and add to the seasoned breadcrumb mixture. Stir gently and add a little pasta water if too dry.
Step 5: To Make the garnish: In a small saute pan add seasoned breadcrumbs just for a few minutes until lightly golden brown add chopped parsley and stir.
Step 6: Serve Rainbow Breadcrumb Pasta with a sprinkle of toasted breadcrumbs with parsley, grated parmesan cheese and top off with a healthy drizzle of fresh EVOO.



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Rainbow Breadcrumb Pasta Nestled on Top of Siena’s Doumo

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July 6, 2012

  • Cook: 20 mins
  • Yields: 4 Adults or 1 Hungry Teenager


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  • The more you write of your trip, the more I miss going back. Many of us go over there with every minute planned, for there is so much to see and experience. Yet, if you have the chance to put down the schedule for an afternoon, go to the main piazza, order a caffè, and simply watch, you’ll soon notice, like you described, that the lifestyle is different. Take a few days off from the “tour” and you’ll discover just how wonderful that lifestyle is and, for me, desirable.
    I’ve not seen colored farfalle since I was over there. They brought an immediate smile and make a great-looking dish. Brava!
    I’m so glad you enjoyed that recipe, BAM. You can use it as a base for many more dishes, with or without the breadcrumbs. It’s been a favorite of mine for ages. Thank you for your kind words when referencing my blog. I was glad to be of help, just as I’m glad to hear how well your trip went. I cannot wait to see what other goodies you have in store for us. 🙂

    • Dear John
      You are my teenagers new hero! The pasta man.
      I am ready to go back to Italy any time you are. I miss the relaxing lifestyle and kind people. I spent several afternoons sipping on a little limoncello or cappuccino soaking up the rays while watching people gather in the central piazza. Relaxing walks off the beaten path and all you hear are the birds and the crackle of leaves under your feet. I did not want to leave.
      Thank you so much for your simple advise and assistance in making breadcrumb pasta. Now we can always remember our special times in Italy with your special recipe. I still have on my list to do is make squid ink pasta with seafood. Thanks again John and have a super weekend. BAM

  • Two of my favorite people to visit here today! Bam.. your trip sounds like heaven! I love traveling for the very same reasons, we see another way of life that is simpler and so healthy for the spirit. I find in summer we start to cook with these 5 ingredients or less because everything is fresh and abundant and would be spoiled with heavy sauces. Your pasta dish via Chgo John sounds just perfect, I can see why everyone wanted more. I love John’s site as well and go there for anything Italian! xo

    • Thanks Smidge! I hope that even if you can’t visit Italy that I can bring a little Italy to you. Summer is here and it is time to simplify our lives and make it more carefree. So who better to consult than our Italian guru, but Chgo John! Take Care, BAM

  • This pasta looks so lovely! Like colorful sweet treats! And the way you cooked it sounds delicious!

    • You have to give Chgo John all the credit for this fantastic easy little recipe. I just substituted some beautiful rainbow bow ties I purchased in Italy and of course drizzled the dish with some of that fresh EVOO which makes everything taste wonderful. Take care, BAM

  • Bam, I felt myself relaxing just reading about the peaceful lifestyle in Italy. Beautiful photos of the country and of your pasta!

    Keep writing…

    • Thanks Kathleen. I miss Italy so much as it has a relaxed paced, quiet, and I could just feel my stress melt away. Take care, BAM

  • I love those coloured pasta shapes …. nice simple recipe to go with!

    • I have not yet found those sweet little colored pastas here in Hong Kong, so it was a special treat for my teenagers. Really though I think this dish would be lovely with a spaghetti or linguini or some type a long thin pasta. A special thanks to CHgo John and his recipe!

  • First, Yum to the Pasta! Second, Beautiful Photos! Have a Beautiful Weekend:)

    • I hope that if you can’t visit Italy at least I can bring a little of Italy to you. Take care, BAM

  • It’s no wonder your pasta dish looks sowindetful my friend, your inspirations are mind glowingly beautiful 🙂
    I love reading of your experiences!


    • Thanks CCU. Do you know that Asian food channel called “Life on a Plate”? I think that pretty sums up my day to day life experiences. Maybe you and I express ourselves through our food. Happy summer holiday to you CCU. Take care, BAM

  • Such beautfiul momentos from a happy holiday BAM! And who better to consult than John! It all looks so delicious, and the rainbow pasta is outrageously cute!!

    • I started consulting John before I even left to find out what I should eat, do and explore….When I think of traditional Italian food he is the guru! I hope you have a splendid weekend Claire. BAM

  • Wow. Amazing images and tasty looking dish!

    • Thank you. I took, just a FEW pictures while in Italy. Half of the pictures are of food of course. Take care, BAM

  • Great post, love the pottery. If I lived in Italy I would have all house in pottery! 🙂 Great pasta. Heading over to from the Bartolini kitchens to check another recipes too. 🙂

    • You would have loved this place. Italy is one of the culinary capitals of the world and I have mentioned the art and history! Sad to leave.

  • Nami | Just One Cookbook

    Thank you for taking us to Italy! How gorgeous and beautiful. Words can’t express the beauty. I will have a hard time if/when I visit there. Rainbow pasta is so cute and my kids will definitely get hooked with these. 🙂

    • Nami-san, I have a lot more interesting recipes and pictures to share about Italy, so please stay tuned. Are you enjoying your summer holiday with the kids? Ja Mata, BAM

  • What fantastic pictures, Bam!! Thank you for sharing all this beauty with us! I did never dare to buy this rainbow pasta. Now after seeing the picture of your recipe, I am eager to pay a visit to my favorite Italian shop in Paris!! Thanks again and best regards!!

    • Bonjour! Living in Paris you have access to so many fresh ingredients and access to imported goods from the close neighboring countries. I love visiting your website and hopefully I can learn a few new French words along the way. Take care, BAM

  • That recipe fits the bill nicely – food that nourishes those we love, body and soul. Thnks to both you and John for it…
    Your photos of Sienna make me want to book a trip…like, yesterday!!

    • John is my everything Italian hero! Our lives are always crazy so just book your trip now, you can thank me later. Take Care, BAM

  • Love the photos and the recipe!

  • BAM you are so right. We make our lives so complicated and stressful by constantly striving for more. I have been learning this lesson a lot lately. My husband and I just moved into a tiny apartment from a huge house and got rid of most everything we didn’t need. Simplified things a lot. It feels nice.

    This pasta looks dreamy. Love the simplicity of letting the ingredients shine.

    • What a cleansing experience. Essentially I did this several years ago when we moved abroad. We could only bring 700 kg of personal items with us on our move. That really makes you think about how many pots and pans does one need to survive. Less is better. Take care, BAM

  • John always makes life simple. one of my dreams is to Move him into my kitchen permanently, maybe you would like to come too!! your pasta is gorgeous i have never heard of it before so am looking forward to trying it. Johns vege son is back today and he will love pasta with breadcrumbs i am sure!!

    • Lets ask John if he would be interested in doing a cooks house rotation. A couple of months at your place then a couple of months at mine. He might get exhausted at my house as he would be chained to the stove and held captive by my bottomless pit hungry teenage boys. So he could retire at your home for a rest. Take care. BAM

  • Hi Bam!! I really love this post. You’re such an inspirational writer! Those are great insights. You’re right. Sometimes all we need to do is learn to appreciate the simple things we already have. And I must say I love simple recipes too!! Especially for cooking my meals. I really hate to spend so much money on expensive ingredients and only use it once! haha.. This pasta looks great! I’d have to make it some day. 🙂

    • Thank you for you very kind words Sammie. A perfect day for me is taking time to appreciate all the the people in your life (smelling the roses) and noticing the small things. Today I am stopping to smell the roses to enjoy friendships of such lovely fellow foodie friends, from all over the world, like yourself. Have a lovely weekend. BAM

  • Thanks for taking us all along on your trip! It looks like it was a wonderful time!

    • Any time Joanne. I hope you are doing well. Take Care, BAM

  • Ok first of all thanks for a wonderful visual trip to Italy..Beauty Indeed!!
    These rainbow colored pasta look so adorable!! I have to find them now.. My kids will love them.
    Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe!!

    • Thank you Reem! This is a kid friendly dish and even if you can’t find the colored rainbow bow tie pasta any shape will do. A great weeknight meal. Take care, BAM

  • Thanks for the wonderful recipe, and for sharing about your trip to Italy! I need to go there sometime!

    • I hope with each new recipe from the Italy series I can talk some of my foodie friends into booking a trip there. I can share with you my experiences and pictures and even describe how something feels and tastes with great detail but there is nothing like experiencing it for yourself. Have a great day. BAM

  • Such a beautiful city isn’t it. I love all the intricate details in the architecture.
    And I wholeheartedly agree about keeping meals simple, while not skimping on the taste.

    • Every place you look is a piece of art or stunning architecture, just amazing. I think it is the history of its past that makes it so beautiful. Take care, BAM

  • Wow Bam, I enjoyed reading the Italian way of life very much! Even though I work for myself at the home office, life can still get stressful at times. I’ve always wanted to visit Italy (ever since watching this movie with Robert Downy Jr called “Only You” ), for their wine, food, and now for the easy goingness of the everyday life!

    The pasta dish looks divine! I don’t normally cook non-Asian cuisines, somehow they don’t turn out well, as if I lack the magic touch. Though this one definitely looks doable, thank you for sharing!

    • Working at home, as I know can sometimes be more stress as you can’t leave or relax, you are always at work…
      I should try to rent this movie called “Only you” sounds great. Have you watched “Eat, Drink, man women”?

      Don’t let cooking dishes outside of your comfort zone keep you from trying new things. I like to try to cook something new from every part of the world, sometimes they do not turn out perfect but other times I even surprise myself. This dish is super easy compared to many of those delicious Asian dishes I have seen come out of your kitchen. Take care, BAM

  • You are totally right Bam, there are days when I feel this mad speed we are living in is not actually living! and that everyone needs to slow down and smell the roses and smile
    I love John’s recipes and this one is no exception. He really shows you how cooking should not be that complex, it is an act of love, something to enjoyed and I look forward to enjoying this recipe.
    I only wish I had some of that beautiful rainbow pasta

    • Thank you for your kind words. I made a promise to myself when I came back from this trip to stop the madness and simplify my life, even if it is for a few moments each day. I am much happier person for it. John’s pasta dish is a also great with just regular spaghetti, so give it a try the kids will love it. Take care, BAM

  • Thats a cool looking pasta, never seen one of those

    • I had to make some room in my suitcase for this unique bow tie pasta. I had also bought some local wine but to make room for the pasta I had to drink the wine before we left Italy. Oh the sacrifices one must partake in…LOL Take care, BAM

  • The bow-tie pasta is so cute and adds an interesting twist to your dish. And thank you for bringing me back to Italy! It’s such a wonderful place and your photos are beautiful, I wish I can go back there again soon 🙂

    • Thank you Jasline. Where is your next destination? Life is so interesting with you in it, as a blogging friend ,as I get to visit the world through the lens of your camera. Take care, BAM

  • Your colorful dish reminds me of all the wonderful colors in the doumo. We eat breadcrumb pasta on Christmas eve.

    • That is a great family tradition. I actually make Timpano- The pasta dome every Christmas eve. However the breadcrumb pasta is less than 15 minutes to prepare while the pasta dome is upwards of 4 hours of prep. I thought about switching the dishes but sometime you just can’t break family traditions. Take Care, BAM

  • What a fantastic trip this must have been. The pasta sounds delicious and is almost as wonderful as your photos. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

    • Hello Mary, I am glad you stopped by. Italy was a fantastic trip! A culinary dream come true. Take care, BAM

  • I’m loving your Italian series. Great pictures! You had some good times. And you’ve hit the nail on the head for the “secret” of Italian cooking – good ingredients, simply prepared. It’s the “good” that most of us have problems with – it’s hard for many of us to buy produce, for example, at it’s peak (because we buy varieties that have been bred for shipping, not flavor). Good recipe. Thanks for this.

    • I can completely relate to the issues with fresh ingredients.(I live on an island – so everything for the most part has to get shipped in) I think that is why it is just best to cook with local ingredients when you can. I love and miss the farmers markets in my hometown. As you when you can trust the local farmers for their fresh crops, all your dishes taste wonderful.

  • Thank you for sharing your trip and the wonderful recipe … all photos are simply gorgeous!

    • Thank you! I think I might be having something sweet from Italy coming your way soon. So stay tuned. Take Care, BAM

  • What a fun type of pasta – I know my boys would’ve been begging me to use it, too. And you can never go wrong with a recipe from John. Gorgeous pics and a great reminder of what’s important. (And love your new kitchen goodies.)

    • I thought the pasta was very special too. It is made with different vegetables in the pasta such as beets, spinach, etc to give it color. (Don’t tell your kids then they might not want to eat it…)I am so loving my new kitchen toys an every day reminder of our lovely time in Italy.Take care, BAM

  • What a beautiful post – the photos & your comments. Although I loved Rome, Florence & of course Venice, Siena was a very serene city to visit. There was a wedding in the plaza when we were there & it seemed like such a perfect place for a ceremony.
    This recipe looks marvelous – will definitely put it on my list.

    • Thank you Diane for your kind comment. Italy just brings out the romance in everyone as it is such a very peaceful, laid back and relaxed place to visit and live. Of course the culinary options are the highlight of course. Take Care, BAM

  • The ranbow pasta make such a pretty plate and your pictures a pretty post. I’m right there in your photos, or imagining myself.

    • Thank you. Just make sure you wear your good walking shoes and of course your eating pant when you come along with me on my travels lots of cobble stone and lots of walking… and of course lots of sampling of the local favorites. Take care, BAM

  • Whoops, rainbow – can’t key today.

  • Aw – John’s Uncle’s pasta! Great to see it working its way round the world. Looks gorgeous.

    • Anything from Chgo John’s kitchen is always yummy. Please give it a try. Take care, BAM

  • My memories of Siena are flashing through my mind as I read your post. I too believe that less is better — except if you are serving me a plate of this delicious looking pasta — then more would be better for sure! Great post!

    • Siena is a wonderful place. I think your family would really enjoy this simple pasta. You would enjoy it as you could be in and out of the kitchen in less than 1/2 hour and that is clean up included. Easy Peasy!

  • Love your rainbow bow pasta and the delightful dish, will steal the recipe and let you know the result.
    Cheers…Have a nice weekend.

    • It is super easy pasta recipe. It is Chgo John’s recipe and I think you will love it! Take care, BAM

  • Oh my gosh, what a fantastic looking dish! I love your site. A feast for the eyes as well as the tummy. Thanks for visiting.

    • Thank you Robyn for stopping by. Looking forward to keeping in touch.
      Take care, BAM

  • petit4chocolatier

    Bam, beautiful post. So true!
    Love all the architecture and especially the stunning ceiling!

    Love John’s blog. I love your rainbow pasta from Italy–gorgeous! Looks absolutely delicious!!

    I hope you don’t mind if I reblog your link on my reblog page?

    • Thank you for your kind comments and your are more then welcome to link up. My pleasure. Take Care, BAM

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