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One-Pot Pasta with Broccoli Rabe and Bacon


This pasta softens the bitterness of broccoli rabe with salty bacon and crunchy-sweet walnuts for a quick supper.

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  • Servings: 4

Source: Everyday Food, November 2010


  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1 pound short pasta, such as fusilli or penne
  • 1 bunch broccoli rabe, trimmed and cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 4 slices bacon, cut crosswise into 1/4-inch pieces
  • 1/3 cup walnut halves, roughly chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • Grated Parmesan, for serving


  1. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta according to package instructions. Add broccoli rabe 2 minutes before pasta is done cooking. Reserve 1/2 cup pasta water and set aside; drain pasta mixture.

  2. Add bacon to pasta pot and cook over medium-high until some fat renders, 2 minutes. Add walnuts and cook until nuts are toasted and bacon is lightly browned and crisp, 3 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add pasta mixture; toss to combine, adding enough pasta water to create a thin sauce that coats pasta. To serve, season with salt and pepper and sprinkle with Parmesan.

Cook's Notes

Make this vegetarian by substituting 2 tablespoons olive oil for the bacon.

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  • PaulMcGinniss
    8 FEB, 2011
    This dish was AWESOME (though we substituted SPINACH for the broccoli rabe)! We couldn't stop eating it. Simple to make and delicious . Highly recommend this!