Nani's Cranny

Country Pasta with Mozzarella

This is a simple recipe that was a family favorite of my youngest daughter. She would frequently request this dish and I was glad to comply since it was so easy and she would happily eat the broccoli.
Try it… it is kid tested and family approved!

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  • 8 ounces rigatoni, cooked
  • 8 slices bacon, cut into 1″ pieces
  • 2 cups brocolli flowerets
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups shredded Mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley (optional)

Cook bacon in a 10″ skillet over medium high heat, stirring occasionally until bacon is browned. Reduce heat to medium and add broccoli and garlic. Cook, stirring occasionally until broccoli is crisply tender. Add rigatoni and remaining ingredients, except parsley. Stir and cook until cheese is melted. Sprinkle with parsley. I like to serve this right in the pan. It is colorful and makes a nice presentation.

Nani Tip
Substitute a can of beans (black, pinto, garbanzo, etc) for the bacon and make this a vegetarian dish.


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