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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.

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  • Fill a 6-qt. stockpot two-thirds full with water; add salt and bring
  • to a boil. In batches, add broccoli and cook 3-5 minutes or just
  • until crisp-tender; 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 over medium heat 2-3 minutes or until garlic is tender,
  • stirring occasionally (do not allow to brown). Add broccoli; cook
  • until broccoli is tender and heated through, stirring occasionally.
  • Stir in bacon; sprinkle with cheese. Yield: 8 servings.