Bacon & broccoli pasta

Bacon & broccoli pasta

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(15 ratings)

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 15 mins


Serves 4
A quick and tasty pasta dish that goes from pot to plate in just 20 minutes making it an ideal midweek meal

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal655
  • fat18g
  • saturates6g
  • carbs96g
  • sugars4g
  • fibre6g
  • protein32g
  • salt2.72g
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  • 500g pack shaped pasta (we used farfalle)



    Pasta is the Italian name for Italy's version of a basic foodstuff which is made in many…

  • 1 head broccoli, about 300g, cut into small florets



    Like cabbage and cauliflower, broccoli is a brassica and is sometimes known by its Italian name…

  • 8 rashers smoked bacon, cut into large pieces



    Bacon is pork that has been cured one of two ways: dry or wet. It can be bought as both rashers…

  • 5 tbsp pesto



    Pesto is a generic Italian name for any sauce made by pounding ingredients together.


  • grated Parmesan (or vegetarian alternative), to serve



    Parmesan is a straw-coloured hard cheese with a natural yellow rind and rich, fruity flavour. It…


  1. Bring a large pan of water to the boil and cook the pasta according to pack instructions. About 3 mins before the pasta is cooked, throw in the broccoli. When everything is done, drain, reserving about 100ml of the cooking water.

  2. While the pasta is cooking, grill the bacon for 6-7 mins until crisp, then cut into bite-size pieces. Tip everything into the pasta pan, toss together well and loosen with a little of the cooking water, if needed. Sprinkle over the Parmesan and serve.

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Comments (18)

llrs's picture

Excellent, added sun dried tomatoes; everyone cleared their plates!

Norma. mackey's picture

Kids cleared their plates and asked for seconds- including the broccoli! Will do again when in hurry!

malf196's picture

Very quick and very tasty

julesgirl's picture

Perfect supper for when you're in a rush, i loved it!

robyn_r's picture

I really enjoyed this recipe, as a quick easy option. I did alter it a bit by adding an onion, some garlic, halving the quantity of bacon and adding some chicken breast. Tasty!

annash_tn's picture

Delicious and very easy to prepare. You might want to add some black pepper for taste.

jenny88245's picture

you would have thought people who wrote recipes and know all about "good food" would know the difference between vegetarian and MEAT. I find this really worrying.

hyvaaruokaa's picture

tasty, easy and quick to cook.

jason_wain's picture

Quick, easy, economic and not unhealthy. Didn't taste incredible though - could be partly because I used normal back bacon rather than smoked?

hannahcatt29's picture

pretty sure bacon isn't vegetarian....

owenrocks23's picture

This was fantastic, it helped me finish my grade 2 piece. Love James Iverson

carol123's picture

oops!! forgot I also use broccoli.

carol123's picture

Make a similar dish, I fry the bacon with a little olive oil an onion and a couple of garlic gloves. mix together with some farfalle pasta and then layer in an oven/caserole dish with some good mature cheese. Tasty!

bettyboop007's picture

Realy yummy and quick to put together enjoyed by all the family made with basil pesto added some red capsicum and chili flakes other than that followed receipe and served with crusty rolls and glass of red definatley will make again.

west1871's picture

really disapointed when did this using a tomato and mascarponi sauce and garlic bread, the strong flavours drowned out the smoky bacon and broccoli flavours, would definatley stick with the original recipe and ciabatta bread

west1871's picture

the family really enjoyed this and it was very tasty and quick. I used Sacla Roasted pepper pesto and it was lovely served with ciabatta bread.

rebecca_1980's picture

Very quick and easy to make. didn't think it would be as tasty as it was, the smoky bacon add's alot of flavour. Great dish to make to take to work.

weeble's picture

Quicker than calling for a take away!!!

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