Lemony Pasta with Bacon & Broccoli

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A light, and easy meal to make when you don’t feel like cooking!

This pasta dish comes together in a flash. Bacon is cooked and then the fat is used as the base of the sauce, luxuriously coating the pasta making this dish extra flavorful.

To avoid wheat flour and gluten, I use Jovial brand cassava pasta. Use whichever pasta you prefer.

In variations past, I have added cherry tomatoes that have been cut in half, this offers an additional bright sweet bite which goes quite well with the broccoli and lemon!

Difficulty: Beginner Prep Time 15 min Cook Time 15 min Total Time 30 mins
Servings: 3
Best Season: Suitable throughout the year

You Need


    • In a skillet cook bacon until crisp. While bacon is cooking, see next step (cook pasta).
    • Add garlic. Cook for 2 minutes.
    • Cook the pasta using the cold water pasta method. In a large pot with a lid put pasta, and cover with water by 1-2 inches. 
    • Cover and bring to a boil. Remove cover, generously salt the water and let boil for amount of time listed on the box.
    • 3 minutes before pasta is done cooking, put the broccoli in the pot with the pasta and water and cook.
    • Drain pasta and broccoli.
    • Add pasta and broccoli to skillet that bacon was cooked in and toss in the bacon fat. 
    • Mix in lemon juice and zest.
    • Chop bacon and sprinkle into pasta.
    • Drizzle with olive oil if desired, and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
    • Top with basil.
Keywords: broccoli pasta, bacon, lemon pasta, fast dinner, healthy dinner, weeknight meals, garlic, simple meals
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