Penne with Garlicky Broccolini


This broccolini pasta is a simple, delicious dinner I made with the glut of wintered-over broccoli from my parent's garden. You may use sausage or veggie sausage instead of bacon, substituting olive oil for the bacon fat.

Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
20 mins


  • 1 (16 ounce) package dry penne pasta

  • 6 slices bacon

  • 12 cloves garlic, minced

  • ¾ pound broccolini, cut into 1 inch pieces

  • salt and pepper to taste

  • cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook until tender, about 8 minutes. Drain.

  2. Meanwhile, place bacon in a large skillet over medium heat. Turn frequently to cook until browned and crisp. Drain bacon on paper towels, leaving drippings in the skillet.

  3. Add 1/2 of the garlic to bacon drippings in the skillet and cook over medium-low heat for 3 minutes, stirring frequently. Add broccolini and continue to cook and stir until broccolini is tender but still bright green, 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in remaining garlic; season with salt and pepper. Add pasta to the skillet and stir to coat. Remove from heat and mix in Parmesan cheese. Crumble in bacon; toss again and serve.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

336 Calories
12g Fat
46g Carbs
13g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 336
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 17mg 6%
Sodium 242mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 46g 17%
Dietary Fiber 3g 9%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 13g
Vitamin C 41mg 203%
Calcium 88mg 7%
Iron 2mg 12%
Potassium 306mg 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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