Farfalle pasta, mixed with a creamy and savory sauce, is topped with a riced broccoli crumble and baked as a casserole for a quick, easy, and delicious dinner.

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
45 mins
total:
55 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a casserole dish.

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  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook bow-tie pasta at a boil, stirring occasionally, until tender yet firm to the bite, about 12 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, place bacon in a large skillet and cook over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until evenly browned, about 10 minutes. Drain bacon slices on paper towels, reserving bacon grease in the skillet. Let bacon cool enough to handle, about 5 minutes; crumble and set aside. Drain cooked pasta and set aside.

  • Heat 2 tablespoons bacon grease in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Saute onion and garlic in the hot grease for 2 to 3 minutes. Add crumbled bacon, heavy cream, and 1 tablespoon butter; continue cooking until sauce becomes thick and creamy, 5 to 7 minutes. Mix in gouda cheese and stir until melted. Season with salt and pepper. Remove from heat and mix pasta into the cream sauce. Pour mixture into the prepared casserole dish.

  • Melt remaining 2 tablespoons butter in a medium, microwave-safe bowl in a microwave for 20 seconds. Mix in panko bread crumbs and riced broccoli; stir very well to coat in butter. Spread mixture on top of pasta.

  • Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven.

  • Set an oven rack about 6 inches from the heat source and preheat the oven's broiler.

  • Continue to bake in the preheated oven until crumble is browned, about 5 minutes more.

Nutrition Facts

498 calories; protein 14.9g 30% DV; carbohydrates 51.1g 17% DV; fat 27.8g 43% DV; cholesterol 86.7mg 29% DV; sodium 417.3mg 17% DV. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (12)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
01/30/2020
The entire family loved it and I have 2 picky eaters! It's perfect the way it is but I do want to reduce the calories and make it a little healthier so next time I'm going to cut the grease and butter in half and add more broccoli. I may try to use half the amount of cream and replace the other half with skim milk. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
05/14/2020
I think it was a little boring. Read More
15 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 11
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
01/26/2020
This casserole was delicious. My family loved it. Instead of using the broccoli with the topping; I put 1 cup of broccoli in with the sauce before adding the cheese. The seasoned bread crumbs and butter on top gave an added crunch. I will make this many more times. Thanks. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/30/2020
The entire family loved it and I have 2 picky eaters! It's perfect the way it is but I do want to reduce the calories and make it a little healthier so next time I'm going to cut the grease and butter in half and add more broccoli. I may try to use half the amount of cream and replace the other half with skim milk. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/02/2020
Very good meal! I added broccoli to casserole (next time I will parboil) and used Fontina cheese cause forgot to buy Gouda. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/12/2020
Absolutely delicious! Disappeared quickly with no complaints! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
11/14/2019
I would love to make this again. I did add red pepper flacks that gave it a little spice to it and then before I added the breadcrumb mixture I topped it with extra broccoli rice. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
04/09/2020
Amazing! Used penna pasta and cheddar cheese simply because that was what we had in the house. Husband happily polished off all of it! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/22/2020
A few notes to myself - if you're going to make more pasta (which I did) then definitely make MORE sauce. It was delicious but a little dry. The flavours all worked well - even my picky eater granddaughter muscled her way through it. Overall with the additional pasta, the casserole needed 45 minutes in the oven - the end result was still great. A nice way to disguise broccoli in a recipe that we'll make again soon. Read More
Rating: 2 stars
05/14/2020
I think it was a little boring. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
06/07/2020
This thing was eaten faster than a rabbit being chased by hound dogs. Read More
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