Oh, how I LOVE broccoli. Did you know that it’s packed with calcium, antioxidants and proteins? That makes me love it even more! Add bacon, olives and pasta to the mix and I’m in heaven. So today I’m sharing with you one of my favorite recipes to put those lush florets to good use.
I learned this recipe from my husband. My mother in law is quite the broccoli supporter herself and some variations* of this recipe have been in the family for a while. It’s super easy and quick enough to make for dinner on a weekday, when you want to eat something yummy without spending two hours in the kitchen or going out.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 5 oz. of smoked bacon (preferably a single chunk)
- 1 medium onion
- about 6 oz. of broccoli
- 10 kalamata olives
- 8 oz. of your favorite pasta 😉
First step is to dice the bacon and remove any excess fat. Then put the bacon in a pan in medium heat until it’s golden brown and crispy. I never add oil at first because the bacon itself always sheds some fat in the process, so you want to be careful not to turn the dish into a greasy feast.
While the bacon is dancing and tanning in the pan, dice your onion and then let it join the party. As the onion and bacon are having the time of their lives, go take care of the broccoli. OK, now I’ll tell you my secret: we all know that the aroma of broccoli boiling might make you think you left the bathroom door open, so every month I make a little investment buy it frozen at the supermarket. One packet can be used in several dishes and you just need to give it a nice warm shower to be ready to use, so WIN-WIN. Trust me, it’ll make your life easier in so many levels. But, if you prefer the fresh stuff, make sure you have your broccoli pre-cooked before tossing it in the pan.
Let the broccoli cook a little and absorb the glorious juices of its companions, and in the mean time, take the bones out of the olives and cut them in four. Once they’re cut, add them to the mix and let them rest there a little, while you strain your pasta.
Now put the pasta in your pan, give it a good stir, add salt, freshly ground pepper and a drizzle of olive oil. Then just plate, call everyone to the table and enjoy!
* A variation of this dish is to replace the bacon with prosciutto and the olives with capers.
Let me know in the comments if you try the recipe and tell me what is your favorite broccoli dish!