Penne with Garlicky Broccolini Recipe -
Penne with Garlicky Broccolini Recipe
  • READY IN 20 mins

Penne with Garlicky Broccolini

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"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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Original recipe makes 8 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    5 mins
  • COOK

    15 mins

    20 mins


  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add the penne pasta, and cook until tender, about 8 minutes. Drain.
  2. Meanwhile, place the bacon in a large skillet over medium heat. Turn frequently to cook until browned and crisp. Drain on paper towels.
  3. 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!
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Feb 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.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Sep 13, 2010

nixed the bacon, and definably precook the broccolini.

Aug 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!

Oct 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.

Nov 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.

Nov 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.

Jul 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!

Jun 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!


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  • Calories
  • 335 kcal
  • 17%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 45.5 g
  • 15%
  • Cholesterol
  • 17 mg
  • 6%
  • Fat
  • 11.7 g
  • 18%
  • Fiber
  • 2.5 g
  • 10%
  • Protein
  • 13 g
  • 26%
  • Sodium
  • 242 mg
  • 10%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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