One-Pan Orecchiette With Broccoli, Bacon, and Crispy Garlic

One-Pan Orecchiette With Broccoli, Bacon, and Crispy Garlic
Pasta, sauce, and add-ins are all cooked in the same pan, for both ease and maximum flavor. (Victoria de la Maza)

One-pan recipes aren't only about the ease of cooking all ingredients in the same pan; they’re also about layering textures and flavors so that the final dish is more than the sum of its parts.

In this case, the ingredients are cooked in a particular order—first the garlic, then the bacon, and finally the broccoli—to build the flavors into a delicious final sauce.

Use any short pasta shape you like. I like orecchiette for this combination, but penne, farfalle, or fusilli would also work.

Serves 4 to 6
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 6 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 12 ounces bacon, sliced into thin strips
  • 1 head broccoli (about 1 pound), cut into bite-size florets
  • 12 ounces orecchiette
  • 1 quart (4 cups) chicken broth or water
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Sea salt and ground black pepper to taste
In a large, deep skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat and cook the garlic until golden. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside.

In the same oil, cook the bacon until crispy. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside.

To the same pan, add the broccoli, stir to coat with the oil, and sauté for 5 minutes (it will finish cooking with the pasta).

Add the pasta, stir to coat with oil, and pour in the chicken broth. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 12 minutes, or until the pasta is al dente and the broccoli is fork-tender.

Add the bacon, crispy garlic, and Parmesan cheese. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Mix well and serve immediately.

Victoria de la Maza is an award-winning cookbook author, columnist, and international TV host. Passionate about great food, she combines American traditions with her European heritage to create classic-with-a-twist recipes and ideas for stylish entertaining at home. Subscribe to her weekly newsletter, "Diary of a Serial Hostess,” at
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