Pasta With Pancetta, Broccoli or Broccoli Rabe and Pine Nuts

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 30 mins

Pappardelle - wide, ribbon-like pasta - is dressed with pancetta, broccoli and Pecorino Romano cheese with a lovely result. Adapted from Bon Appetit.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in heavy large skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic and cook until golden brown, stirring frequently, about 3 minutes.
  2. Discard garlic. Add onion, pancetta and fennel seeds to skillet; sauté until onion is tender and pancetta begins to brown, about 8 minutes. Add crushed red pepper (if using), then broccoli stems and cook 4 minutes to soften slightly, stirring occasionally. Stir in broccoli tops, sprinkle with salt, and add 1 cup water. Cover and cook until stems and tops are tender, about 5 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  3. Meanwhile, cook pasta in large pot of boiling salted water until just tender but still firm to bite, stirring occasionally. Drain pasta, reserving 1 cup cooking liquid.
  4. Add pasta to skillet with broccoli and stir over low heat to combine, adding reserved cooking liquid by tablespoonfuls to moisten if necessary. Stir in remaining 2 tablespoons oil and 1 cup cheese. Season to taste wtih salt and a generous amount of pepper.
  5. Transfer to large shallow bowl. Sprinkle with pine nuts and serve, passing additional grated cheese separately.
Most Helpful

I have actually made this dish a few times and I love it. I followed recipe mostly, left the garlic in the pan and then 'toasted' my pine nuts before removing both and then continuing along. I also got my pasta timed fairly well, so managed to use pasta water for the 1 cup water and didn't end up needing to add extra at the end. Lovely dish.

Satyne September 12, 2013

I found the Pappardelle Pasta, I used minced garlic and left it in the dish, I didn't need a full cup of water either. This is a simple, healthy, and delicious meal, Thanks

Smokenbluecheese February 19, 2010

So so Good! Love all the different flavors. I didn`t use the 2 tablespoons oil in step #7. Didn`t need additional water or cheese. I did minced the garlic and added it to the onions along with 1 ounce of diced sun-dried tomatoes, Added them with the rabe.Thanks for a great meal.

Rita~ May 09, 2008