Penne with Broccoli, Bacon and Garlic

Lean Canadian bacon adds smoky flavor to this low-fat main dish recipe. To save prep time, the broccoli and pasta cook in the same pot.

Penne with Broccoli, Bacon and Garlic
Servings: 8 Prep 10 mins Cook 10 mins


  • 1 1 pound box penne or your favorite short shaped pasta
  • 1 head broccoli, cut into 1-inch flowerets, stems peeled and cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices OR: 1 bag (about 1 pound) fresh broccoli flowerets
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 pound Canadian bacon, diced
  • 1 medium-size onion, halved and sliced crosswise
  • 2 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon red-pepper flakes
  • 1 14 1/2 ounce can chicken broth
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 medium-size ripe red tomato, cored and diced
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Make It

1. In large deep pot of lightly salted water, cook penne until al dente, firm yet tender, following package directions. For last 4 minutes of cooking, add broccoli. Drain.

2. Meanwhile, in large nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add bacon, onion and garlic; saute 3 minutes. Lower heat to medium; add pepper flakes; cook until onion is softened, about 4 minutes. Stir in broth, salt and pepper; heat through. Remove from heat; stir in tomato.

3. Transfer hot pasta and broccoli to large serving bowl. Add bacon mixture from skillet; toss to combine. Stir in Parmesan, and serve immediately. Makes 8 servings.

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe: 8; Amount Per Serving: cal. (kcal): 303, Fat, total (g): 8, chol. (mg): 18, sat. fat (g): 2, carb. (g): 43, fiber (g): 4, pro. (g): 15, sodium (mg): 674, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.