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Broccoli with Garlic, Bacon & Parmesan

My approach to this broccoli is to cook it slowly in the seasonings so the garlic blends with smoky bacon. A few simple ingredients make ordinary broccoli irresistible. —Erin Chilcoat, Central Islip, New York
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    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


  • 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 until broccoli turns bright green, 2-3 minutes; 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 until garlic is fragrant, 2-3 minutes (do not allow to brown). Add broccoli; cook until broccoli is tender, stirring occasionally. Stir in bacon; sprinkle with cheese.
Nutrition 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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  • justmbeth
    Oct 2, 2018

    So delicious! Flavors came together well.

  • pstephens10
    Dec 17, 2017

    I have to give this 5 stars based on ease and taste. Very easy to put together and was devoured by all!

  • Amy the Midwife
    Feb 16, 2016

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

  • KaeleyShae
    Apr 22, 2015

    A bit spicy but my husband loved it!

  • shortytalk
    Jan 21, 2014

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