Cheesy Bacon & Broccoli Pasta with Garlic & Parmesan
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Cheesy Bacon & Broccoli Pasta

with Garlic & Parmesan

25 MIN
4 Servings
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From the Test Kitchen

To complement tender bites of cavatappi pasta, you’ll fry bacon until delightfully crispy, then add it to the pot alongside fresh broccoli. A creamy sauce featuring two cheeses—cheddar and parmesan—coats every bite in rich, savory flavor.

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  • Nutrition
  • Calories
    780 Cals (est.)
Cheesy Bacon & Broccoli Pasta with Garlic & Parmesan
  • 8 oz Applewood Smoked Uncured Bacon
  • ¾ lb Cavatappi Pasta
  • 1 lb Broccoli
  • 2 cloves Garlic
  • 4 oz White Cheddar Cheese
  • ⅔ cup Béchamel Sauce
  • ¼ cup Grated Parmesan Cheese

Tips from Home Chefs

Prepare the ingredients
1 Prepare the ingredients

Fill a large pot 3/4 of the way up with salted water; cover and heat to boiling on high. Wash and dry the broccoli. Cut off and discard the bottom ½ inch of the stem, then cut the broccoli into small florets. Peel and roughly chop 2 cloves of garlic. Medium dice the bacon. Grate the cheddar on the large side of a box grater.

2 Cook the pasta & broccoli

Add the pasta to the pot of boiling water and cook, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes. Carefully add the broccoli florets. Cook, stirring occasionally, 4 to 6 minutes, or until the broccoli is tender and the pasta is al dente (still slightly firm to the bite). Turn off the heat. Reserving 1 cup of the pasta cooking water, drain thoroughly and return to the pot.

Cook the pasta & broccoli
Cook the bacon
3 Cook the bacon

Meanwhile, in a large pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the diced bacon in an even layer. Cook, without stirring, 3 to 4 minutes, or until browned. Add the chopped garlic; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, 1 to 2 minutes, or until the bacon is cooked through and crispy. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate.

4 Finish the pasta & serve your dish

To the pot of cooked pasta and broccoli, add the cooked bacon, béchamel, grated cheddar, half the parmesan, and half the reserved pasta cooking water. Cook on medium-high, stirring constantly, 1 to 2 minutes, or until the pasta is coated (if necessary, gradually add the remaining cooking water to ensure the pasta is thoroughly coated). Turn off the heat. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Serve the finished pasta garnished with the remaining parmesan. Enjoy!

Finish the pasta & serve your dish
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