5 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 4 star values: 1

Try this very quick and excellent pesto dish that combines broccoli and bacon the next time you need a delicious weeknight dinner. Serve while warm with grated Pecorino Romano or Parmesan cheese over top.

ashley
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Ingredients

2
Original recipe yields 2 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified

Directions

  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook cavatelli in the boiling water, stirring occasionally until tender yet firm to the bite, 5 to 7 minutes.

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  • Meanwhile, heat a skillet over medium-high heat and drizzle with olive oil once hot. Add broccoli and season with salt, black pepper, and red pepper flakes. Cook until tender, 5 to 7 minutes; use a spatula to break any large florets into smaller pieces. Add additional oil if needed and continue cooking broccoli until lightly browned and crisp, 5 to 7 minutes more. Remove from heat.

  • Drain pasta and return it to the pot. Add crumbled bacon, then stir in cooked broccoli and pesto. Mix until evenly coated.

Cook's Notes:

You can use fresh or frozen broccoli florets.

You can cook the bacon any way you prefer, but make sure that it is cooked enough so that it is crispy and will crumble.

Nutrition Facts

359 calories; 14.9 g total fat; 5 mg cholesterol; 437 mg sodium. 46.3 g carbohydrates; 11.8 g protein; Full Nutrition


Reviews (4)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2019
As I didn’t have Cavatelli y used Orzo and it was also great. Very easy and so tasty.

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 4 stars
02/16/2019
I didn't have fresh broccoli so I used frozen. I think it would have been better with fresh because the frozen was a bit mushy. I'd make it again but I'd double the pesto & add more bacon. Thank you for the recipe.
5 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 4 star values: 1
Rating: 4 stars
02/16/2019
I didn't have fresh broccoli so I used frozen. I think it would have been better with fresh because the frozen was a bit mushy. I'd make it again but I'd double the pesto & add more bacon. Thank you for the recipe.
Rating: 5 stars
01/29/2019
Easy and quick. Ingredients usually in the fridge.
Rating: 5 stars
01/26/2019
Doubled everything, and it was delicious.
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Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2019
As I didn’t have Cavatelli y used Orzo and it was also great. Very easy and so tasty.