Broccoli Bacon Alfredo
Recipe provided by PMQ test chef Brian Hernandez
8 oz. multigrain, whole-wheat or spelt spaghetti
1 lb. broccoli florets, chopped
1 c. frozen peas
4 slices bacon
1 stick butter
1 c. heavy cream
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 c. freshly grated Parmesan
Pasta cooking water, as needed
2 tbsp. fresh Italian (flat-leaf) parsley, snipped (optional)
Grated Parmesan cheese (optional)
Coarsely ground black pepper
Cook spaghetti according to package directions, adding broccoli florets and frozen peas for the last 5 minutes of cooking.
Drain, reserving the cooking water, and set aside. Meanwhile,
cook bacon in a medium-size skillet and set aside on a paper
towel-lined plate; let cool and break into bite-size pieces.
For the sauce, melt butter and warm cream in a small saucepan. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute. Season to taste with salt
and pepper. Add the Parmesan and stir until melted. Bring to
boiling and reduce heat. Boil gently, uncovered, until sauce has
thickened. Remove from heat and stir in bacon pieces.
Place spaghetti-vegetable mixture in a large bowl and pour the
sauce over it. Toss gently to combine. If needed, thin the mixture to desired consistency with more of the reserved cooking
water. Top with snipped parsley and additional grated Parmesan
cheese. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
The Italians may not have invented pasta, but they invented
some of the world’s best pasta dishes. There are so many
different types of pasta and so many flavorful sauces, the
possibilities are limited only by your imagination. Here are
several examples from pizzerias around the country:
Burbank Pizzeria & Pasta ( burbankpizzeria.com) in
Burbank, California, offers a wide variety of pasta dishes,
including the Penne All Arrabiata, made with anchovies,
capers, black olives, red chilis and tomato sauce.
At Manhattan’s upscale Trattoria Zero Otto Nove
( 089nyc.roberto089.com), cuttlefish plays the starring role
in the Linguini al Nero di Sepp. A relative of the squid and
octopus, the cuttlefish is sautéed in garlic, oil and black
squid ink and served with linguine.
A Los Angeles eatery renowned for its wood-fired pizzas
and southern Italian cuisine, Sotto ( sottorestaurant.com)
offers the Casarecce, made with a long, tube-like pasta
that soaks up the rich flavors of braised lamb ragu, egg
and Pecorino cheese.