Broccoli Pasta with Bacon

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Broccoli Pasta with Bacon is an easy, one-pot pasta, with Campanelle noodles, broccoli, bacon, and parmesan cheese! This one makes a great week-night meal.

A closeup shot of a large white bowl of broccoli pasta with bacon, with a wooden spoon.

One of the really great things about this dish – well besides the fact that it’s yummy and beautiful to look at – is that it’s so interchangeable. You can use…

  • any pasta (I’ve used shells, rotini, bowtie)
  • another protein (I’ve used lean spicy sausage and chicken)
  • a roux to make it creamy (like in my Spaghetti Squash and Cheese recipe)

I change it up almost every time I make it. But I REALLY prefer the broccoli because it cooks fast in only a few minutes (along with the pasta). And it tastes great every single time. I’ve tried to use other veggies but it’s never as good as using broccoli.

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Broccoli —> BEST!

Overhead shot of two servings of broccoli pasta in white bowls.

One of the most important steps in making Broccoli Pasta with Bacon is to SAVE SOME PASTA WATER. Don’t forget. I always put a bowl under the strainer right away because it’s so easy to just dump the water down the drain. The pasta water is what makes everything stick together since there isn’t a lot of oil or butter in this recipe.

Don’t forget —> keep some pasta water!

Using pre-cooked bacon is also a huge short-cut when trying to get dinner on the table in a hurry. Just dice it up and throw it in the pot, cooking it for a few minutes to get a crunch. It goes great with the parmesan in this dish.

If you want to make this a meatless meal, just simply skip the bacon.

Side shot of two servings bowls of broccoli pasta with bacon.

Try this pasta recipe next: Pesto Vegetable Pasta

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A closeup shot of a large white bowl of broccoli pasta with bacon, with a wooden spoon.

Broccoli Pasta with Bacon

An easy, one-pot pasta, with Campanelle noodles, broccoli, bacon, and parmesan cheese!
5 from 3 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 447kcal
Author: Sue Ringsdorf


  • 16 oz campanelle pasta
  • 10 cups broccoli florettes stems trimmed and cut into pieces
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic diced
  • 10 slices pre-cooked bacon
  • 1 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 cup shredded parmesan cheese plus extra for serving


  • Fill a large pot (about 2/3 full) with water, and bring to a boil. Add pasta and salt generously. Let boil for approximately 3-4 minutes, and then add broccoli to pot and stir again.
  • Let pasta and broccoli simmer until pasta is el dente, soft but firm to the bite. Place a medium bowl in the sink with a strainer on top. Drain the pasta and broccoli mixture, while catching a couple of cups of the pasta water in the bowl.
  • Return the empty pot to the burner. Add olive oil, bacon, and garlic – saute for one minute.
  • Add pasta and broccoli back to the pan, along with the butter and parmesan cheese. Stir and gradually add some of the pasta water (approximately one cup or enough to get everything nicely combined and smooth), to add moisture to the ingredients. Stir and serve with extra parmesan and freshly ground black pepper.


This is a lighter recipe. If desired, add a roux by adding flour to the sautéed onion, along with chicken broth and milk. Refer to my spaghetti squash and cheese recipe for the directions for a roux.


Calories: 447kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 32mg | Sodium: 414mg | Potassium: 560mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 870IU | Vitamin C: 101.8mg | Calcium: 207mg | Iron: 1.8mg
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  1. Alma Couverthie says:

    10 cups of broccoli florets? That seems like a lot. How many heads of broccoli is that, approximately?

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      The broccoli cooks down a lot. Feel free to use less if you’d like tho. Not sure how many heads because the size of the heads are normally different.

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      I’m glad you enjoyed the pasta, Holly!

  2. I make this pasta recipe at least every other week! It is super simple and so yummy!

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      That’s great, Tiffany! I’m so glad you are enjoying it. 🙂

  3. Love the simplicity of this 9 ingredient recipe! The ? really makes this recipe pop!

5 from 3 votes

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