Giada De Laurentiis' Everyday Italian is on the in the background.
I hear Giada say:
"Italians like to use breadcrumbs instead of parmesan so you toss it with pasta it gives you sort of that same salty, um, 'bite' and that little bit of crunch without using parmesan cheese."
I ran to the remote and rewound.
Although I love pasta, 面, noodles, pick your cuisine, I barely know anything about ~genuine~ Italian food or ~authentic~ Italian American food
AND I am a lover of all things sauces...
so, 'Hounds, tell me about this totally "new to me" technique?
Here's the recipe in question: http://bit.ly/G1ADAbr32dcrumb