A simple, delicious dinner using up the glut of wintered-over broccoli from my parents' garden. You may use sausage or veggie sausage instead of bacon, substituting olive oil for the bacon fat.

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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified

Directions

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

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

  • Add half of the garlic to the bacon grease, and cook over medium-low heat for 3 minutes, stirring frequently. Add the broccolini, and continue to cook and stir for 3 or 4 minutes, or until the broccolini is tender but still bright green. Stir in the remaining garlic, salt and pepper. Add the pasta to the skillet, and stir to coat. Remove from the heat and mix in the Parmesan cheese, and crumble in the bacon. Toss again, and serve!

Nutrition Facts

335 calories; 11.7 g total fat; 17 mg cholesterol; 242 mg sodium. 45.5 g carbohydrates; 13 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
02/13/2008
Tasty but a little dry. I think if you added some grape tomatoes sliced in half it would add a little more liquid and a slightly different flavor that would push it over the edge to great. I'll definitely try it again with that addition. Thanks for the recipe! ETA: I made this again and added tomatoes. Really perfect. Also I've made it once with broccoli and once with broccolini. My vote is that the broccolini is fine but don't bother going out of your way if you can't easily find it. The broccoli was also quite good. With tomatoes added I'd consider this a 5 star recipe. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
09/13/2010
nixed the bacon and definably precook the broccolini. Read More
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138 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 62
  • 4 star values: 46
  • 3 star values: 24
  • 2 star values: 5
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 4 stars
02/13/2008
Tasty but a little dry. I think if you added some grape tomatoes sliced in half it would add a little more liquid and a slightly different flavor that would push it over the edge to great. I'll definitely try it again with that addition. Thanks for the recipe! ETA: I made this again and added tomatoes. Really perfect. Also I've made it once with broccoli and once with broccolini. My vote is that the broccolini is fine but don't bother going out of your way if you can't easily find it. The broccoli was also quite good. With tomatoes added I'd consider this a 5 star recipe. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/13/2008
Tasty but a little dry. I think if you added some grape tomatoes sliced in half it would add a little more liquid and a slightly different flavor that would push it over the edge to great. I'll definitely try it again with that addition. Thanks for the recipe! ETA: I made this again and added tomatoes. Really perfect. Also I've made it once with broccoli and once with broccolini. My vote is that the broccolini is fine but don't bother going out of your way if you can't easily find it. The broccoli was also quite good. With tomatoes added I'd consider this a 5 star recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/18/2006
This recipe is amazing! I susbstituted turkey bacon for the regular to decrease the fat and I prefer the bacon crispier. I added 1T. of extra virgin olive oit to the skillet once the pasta was tossed. I didn't have broccolini but using broccoli florets was just fine. I think fresh garlic is the taste key here- although jarred is more convenient the fresh gives the dish the needed zing. I make this weekly now- wonderful! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/18/2007
This recipe was a hit! My fiance couldn't believe all the flavors that came from something with so few ingredients. The only alteration I made was in adding some olive oil at the end because it did come out dry...however I halved the recipe for 2 people and that could have been the culprit. Will definitely use this recipe again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/27/2007
Yummy. I used sweet italian sausage instead of bacon. I also cooked the broccolini with the pasta (added it in when the pasta was close to being done). A few red pepper flakes and a little extra olive oil make this a tasty and easy meal. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/11/2006
Fabulous and simple! Save time by using jarred minced garlic. I used bacon and bacon drippings (only amounted to about 1 1/2 tablespoons of fat)...was a bit dry at the end so I drizzled some good extra virgin olive oil over it and tossed as direction instruct just before adding the bacon back in. I also had to cook the broccolini longer than directions stated...actually I covered with a lid and sort of steamed it for about 5 minutes in addition to the original cook time. If you LOVE garlic--don't be afraid to add even more! Bon appetit! Thanks for the wonderful recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/28/2005
What a DELICIOUS pasta recipe!! Very easy to make. I did use veggie sausage and olive oil instead of the bacon and that was good. The broccolini was tasty and the garlic added a nice punch to the whole dish. I will be making this recipe often! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/27/2007
This was a pretty good recipe. Of course using bacon fat as a base for the sauce doesn't really work well in a healthy endeavor. I used broccoli instead of broccolini. I also added 1/4 c of chicken broth for flavor and to cut down on the fat. One last change - I added shrimp for protein. Easy to make and quick when you don't have anything else planned. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/17/2006
My family loves this. I don't change a thing. So tasty so easy & the clean-up is a cinch. Warm up a loaf of crusty bread & enjoy. Thanks for sharing. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/26/2007
I added some petite diced tomatos to this cause I was short on brocolli. It turned out so good. I am adding this to my recipe box for sure. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
09/13/2010
nixed the bacon and definably precook the broccolini. Read More
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