Cheesy Bacon and Broccoli Pasta

creamy Cheddar-Parmesan sauce, crunchy bacon, broccoli, pasta, crumb topping

1709 Recipe

Serves: 4 Servings | Time to Table: 30 Minutes | Calories: 625 | Allergens: Contains Milk (Cheese + Cream), Wheat (Pasta, Panko + Flour) + Soy (Panko) | Excellent Source of: Calcium, Fiber, Iron, Protein, Vitamin A, Vitamin C | Good Source of: Potassium


  • - 2--quart Baking Dish
  • - Chef's Knife
  • - Colander
  • - Large Saucepan
  • - Liquid Measuring Cup
  • - Medium Saucepan

What You Need:

  • - All-Purpose Flour
  • - Coarsely Ground Black Pepper
  • - Cooking Spray
  • - Kosher Salt or Flake Sea Salt

What We Send:

  • - Bacon
  • - Broccoli Florets
  • - Heavy Cream
  • - Minced Garlic
  • - Panko Breadcrumbs
  • - Parmesan Cheese
  • - Shell Pasta
  • - Shredded Cheddar Cheese

Wine Pairings by @grapefriend

A crisp, mineral Sauvignon Blanc will match the broccoli but have enough acid to cut through the cheese sauce.

Beer Pairings

A pale ale provides the perfect balance of sweetness and hoppy bitterness to contrast with the smoky bacon and rich cream sauce.

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What To Do:

1. Bacon may arrive slightly frozen. Thaw as needed.

2. Preheat broiler.

Cheesy Bacon + Broccoli Pasta (Family Meal)- Step 1

3. Cook Bacon: Chop bacon. Add to a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook 6 minutes or until browned and crisp. Remove to paper towels to drain, reserving 2 tablespoons drippings in pan.

Cheesy Bacon + Broccoli Pasta (Family Meal)- Step 2

4. Cook Pasta and Broccoli: Bring salted water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add pasta. Cook 5 minutes; add broccoli. Cook 3 minutes longer or until both pasta and broccoli are tender. Drain.

Cheesy Bacon + Broccoli Pasta (Family Meal)- Step 3

5. Make Sauce: Stir garlic and 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour into bacon drippings. Cook 2 minutes over medium heat until bubbly. Combine heavy cream and 1 cup water. Add to flour mixture. Simmer 5 minutes or until sauce is slightly thickened. Stir in Cheddar cheese and Parmesan cheese. Stir in bacon, pasta, and broccoli. Season with salt and pepper.

Cheesy Bacon + Broccoli Pasta (Family Meal)- Step 4

6. Finish Pasta: Spoon pasta mixture into a 2-quart baking dish coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle with panko and coat top with cooking spray. Place under broiler for 1 to 2 minutes or until top is browned and bubbly.

To Serve: Divide pasta evenly between four serving plates or bowls.

Pro Tip:

Make and bake individual servings of this pasta in small ramekins.
Spice it Up!: Add ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper to the cheese sauce to make this mac and cheese spicy.

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