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Broccoli with Garlic, Bacon & Parmesan Recipe

Broccoli with Garlic, Bacon & Parmesan Recipe

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
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min. YIELD:8 servings


  • 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


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

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 155 calories, 10g fat (3g saturated fat), 11mg cholesterol, 371mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 4g fiber), 8g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 fat, 1 vegetable.

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Amy the Midwife User ID: 2816815 243947
Reviewed Feb. 16, 2016

"Great side. I didn't have red pepper flakes, but hard to go wrong with bacon and parm."

KaeleyShae User ID: 8347374 225284
Reviewed Apr. 22, 2015

"A bit spicy but my husband loved it!"

shortytalk User ID: 1598556 184363
Reviewed Jan. 21, 2014

"i like this recipe...easy to make..taste good on top of pasta to..."

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