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Broccoli with Garlic, Bacon & Parmesan

 Broccoli with Garlic, Bacon & Parmesan
This simple yet sophisticated side dish uses just a few basic ingredients. The way the bold garlic flavor blends with the smoky bacon makes ordinary broccoli irresistible. —Erin Chilcoat, Smithtown, New York
8 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 30 min.


  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 bunches broccoli (about 3 pounds), stems removed, cut into florets
  • 6 thick-sliced bacon strips, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 6 to 8 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese


  • Fill a 6-qt. stockpot two-thirds full with water; add salt and bring
  • to a boil. In batches, add broccoli and cook 2-3 minutes or until
  • broccoli turns bright green; remove with a slotted spoon.
  • In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp, stirring
  • occasionally. Remove with a slotted spoon; drain on paper towels.
  • Discard drippings, reserving 1 tablespoon in pan.
  • Add oil to drippings; heat over medium heat. Add garlic and pepper
  • flakes; cook and stir over medium heat 2-3 minutes or until garlic
  • is tender (do not allow to brown). Add broccoli; cook until broccoli
  • is tender, stirring occasionally. Stir in bacon; sprinkle with
  • cheese. Yield: 8 servings.