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One-Pot Bacon Broccoli Pasta

One-Pot Bacon Broccoli Pasta

This One-Pot Bacon Broccoli Pasta comes together in less than 20 minutes. It's a great easy Italian recipe to keep in your file. 

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Yield 4 servings


  • 4 strips of bacon cut into chunks
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 cups dry rigatoni pasta (or other small shape like penne)
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (and pepper to taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 2 cups broccoli florets
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese (more for sprinkling on top)


  1. In a large saucepan, pot or Dutch oven, cook the bacon until crispy. Remove bacon from pan and drain on paper towels. Drain fat from the pot leaving about 1 tablespoon in the pot. 

  2. Add the garlic and sautee for about 30 seconds. Add the uncooked pasta, cream, chicken broth, salt (and pepper), and crushed red pepper. Stir. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer. Cover and cook for about 6 minutes making sure to stir once in a while and keep noodles covered in liquid.

  3. Add the broccoli to the pot and cook another 5-7 minutes or until the broccoli is soft. Continue cooking until sauce is a little thicker. It will be thin and then thicken towards the end. Stir in the Parmesan and reserved bacon.  

  4. Serve immediately and top with additional Parmesan.

Recipe Notes

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