Italian Broccoli-Bacon Pasta

a great flavor combination
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16 oz Pasta shells
1 lb Broccoli cut into small florets
1 tsp Salt
4 oz Bacon about 5 strips, excess fat removed and cut into ¼ inch strips
1-2 cloves Garlic minced
2 oz Parmesan cheese
2 tbsp Olive oil
2 tbsp Butter melted

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Italian Broccoli-Bacon Pasta


This Italian Broccoli-Bacon Pasta is a great little recipe to put together when you are tired of all your usual go-to dinner recipes and fancy something a bit different. Inspired by a dish I ate on my travels in Tuscany, this pasta dish will bring a little taste of Italy to your dinner table. 

Start by cutting the broccoli into small bite sized florets and boil them until tender. Cook the pasta to al dente and while the pasta cooks, fry some bacon in a little bit of olive oil. Add some garlic and cooked broccoli florets to the bacon. Once the pasta is drained, mix with the broccoli mixture and serve sprinkled with parmesan cheese. 

To make Italian Broccoli-Bacon Pasta, you will need the following ingredients:

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Steps to make Italian Broccoli-Bacon Pasta


Cook the broccoli


Place the broccoli florets in a pot of boiling water with 1 tsp salt. Cook until they are tender but still a bright vibrant green color. Drain and set aside.


Cook the spaghetti


Follow the package instructions to cook the pasta to al dente. Drain and return the cooked pasta to the pot.


Mix in 2 tablespoons of butter


Mix 2 tablespoons of melted butter into the pasta.


Fry bacon


Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Fry the bacon in the skillet until crisp.


Mop up the excess bacon fat


Use a paper towel to soak up most of the fat in the skillet. It’s OK if a little bit of fat remains with the bacon.


Fry garlic


Reduce the heat to medium and fry the garlic for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring constantly.


Add broccoli


Add the broccoli to the pan with the garlic and cook for 2 minutes, stirring constantly.


Combine broccoli with pasta


Pour the broccoli mixture into the pasta and mix well.



Sprinkle parmesan cheese on top and serve warm.

Italian Broccoli-Bacon Pasta is a delicious and quick pasta dish. The combination of tender green broccoli and crisp salty bacon is a winner in my book! Try it soon and come back to leave a review with your thoughts!

Jelena is an interior designer and young mom! As a busy working mom, her time is precious so she’s always looking for a quick and efficient way to get things done. Jelena is very creative, but has a strong practical side. She loves trying new things and travels a lot, especially around Europe. The kitchen is Jelena’s safe space, where she can let her creative side out and dedicate herself to her favorite hobby - cooking!

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Total Reviews: 21
Maryam Tennesen

Yep, it was really good, thanks a lot!

Lexie Jurs

Wanted to make something different just for a change, found this and looks promising, will be making it tonight!

Mercy Abramson

Thanks a bunch, this place is amazing yesterday I made the pasta with the eggplant and tomato sauce!

Nathalie Kaczkowski

I like to get away from the usual stuff, new ideas are always welcome and this one is a very good one!

Emmy Skorski

I'm not really into broccoli normally and this meal didn't really change that fact but my husband is hooked on it so guess it's staying on the menu haha.

Ciara Tepsic

I love pastas and whenever I see a new idea I just have to try it, this one was a 10/10!

Siena Fante

It was good thank you.

Whitney Oalmann

This is a good way to blend in the broccoli and have it taste great, best bacon pasta for sure.

Carolyn Stepanyan

Thanks for the amazing recipe Jelena, tasty, every time!

Natasha Radano

Anything with bacon in it is something that I just have to make lol.

Dalia Dailey

They ate all of it, ALL of it guess I'll be making this more often my family was super pleased.

Cambria Bace

I was surprised when I saw the garlic part, the flavor in the end was perfect!!

Jazlynn Mhoon

The steps are very clear and the result was no less that what I wanted, I approve!

Milana Furfaro

I love broccoli and it's great how well it goes with the pasta and the bacon after mixing it with the garlic :)

Maren Lepre

This was relatively fast to make and quite tasty as well.

Zoie Heighes

Feels like it's missing something..any recommendations on what else I can add?

Yesenia Haigis

I will be making this for dinner, looks really good!

Kristina Hartoonian

5 stars from me, It was ultra scrumptious and just all out a great meal.

Ivory Gupte

Much tastier than what I expected!

Lilyann Rava

The combination is interesting, I really liked it.


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