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Penne with Garlicky Broccolini


"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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20 m servings 335 cals
Original recipe yields 8 servings


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

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • * 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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  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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  1. 136 Ratings

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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'...

Most helpful critical review

nixed the bacon, and definably precook the broccolini.

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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'...

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 wa...

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 i...

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 ex...

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 goo...

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 chi...

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...

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.

Pasta just how I like it, and just as it should be - a few, quality ingredients, lightly dressed and not bogged down with an overload of herbs and spices. Because there are so few ingredients, u...