Bucatini Pasta with Broccoli di Rabe and Bacon

Bucatini Pasta with Broccoli di Rabe and BaconTonight’s pasta recipe is one of my favorites for 3 reasons.
#1- my favorite pasta cut, Bucatini
#2- one of my favorites vegetables, broccoli di rabe
#3- BACON!


You’ll need:

  • 1 lb of bucatini or perciatelli pasta cooked 2-min short of al dente.
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 bunch of broccoli di rabe
  • 4 garlic cloves sliced
  • 4-5 thick slices of bacon cut into small pieces
  • 1 cup of pasta water
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • Grated romano or parmesan cheese



  1. In a large pot of salted water boil the rabe for 5-minutes
  2. Remove the rabe,chop into small pieces and leave on a plate and keep the water boiling for the pasta
  3. In a large skillet add the the bacon pieces and cook till done
  4. Add the garlic and crushed red pepper and sauté for for 2 minutes
  5. Now add the olive oil and once hot add the prepared broccoli di rabe and sauté this together for a minute
  6. Turn off the heat on the skillet
  7. Cook your pasta 2- minutes short of recommended time, reserve 1-cup of the pasta water and strain the pasta
  8. Add the pasta and the cup of pasta water to the skillet and turn the heat up to med/high
  9. Once this begins to bubble sauté this all together folding the pasta I to the sauce for 2 minutes
  10. Turn off the heat and top with grated cheese
  11. Serve immediately


Daniel Mancini