Kitchen Princess Pasta with Pancetta, Pine Nuts, Parmesan and Broccoli

There’s a lovely little health food store near me that has wonderful, fresh, organic produce every day.  I bought a beautiful head of broccoli and after a few days I was trying to figure out what to do with it.

Last week, I’d bought 1/2 a pound of Pancetta to use in Roasted Butternut Squash Risotto but I only used a little bit of it.

So, although I usually do broccoli with toasted pine nuts over pasta I thought, hmm, maybe add the pancetta, some garlic and Reggiano Parmesan, and a little chicken broth.  Voila! A Kitchen Princess pasta original for your dining pleasure!

Ingredients: broccoli, pine nuts, pancetta, Parmigianno Reggiano , pasta, chicken broth.

Toast pine nuts over medium heat in a dry pan.

Dice 6 ounces of pancetta.

Steam the chopped broccoli for 5 minutes.

Saute diced pancetta in oil with chopped garlic.

Saute broccoli.

Add chicken broth to broccoli.

Add cooked pasta to broccoli and chicken broth.

Add sauteed pancetta and garlic to pasta.

Add pine nuts and parmesan.

Kitchen Princess Pasta!

Pasta with Pancetta, Pine Nuts, Parmesan and Broccoli – Ingredients

  • 1 head of organic broccoli
  • 6 ounces of pancetta or bacon
  • 4 tablespoons grapeseed oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 1 cup freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano, regular parmesan or romano cheese
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 box of penne pasta, cooked according to package directions
  • 1 cup of pasta water from the cooked pasta
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

Pasta with Pancetta, Pine Nuts, Parmesan and Broccoli – Method

  1. Heat a skillet over medium heat and saute the pine nuts about 5 minutes or until they are beginning to brown.
  2. Trim the broccoli, peel the stems and chop into bite size pieces.
  3. Steam the broccoli in a steamer or boil for 5 minutes until crisp-tender.
  4. Dice the pancetta and saute in a large saute pan in the oil over medium high heat.  Add the garlic.
  5. When the pancetta is beginning to get brown, remove from the pan.
  6. Add the broccoli to the pan and saute for a couple of minutes.  Add the chicken broth and the crushed red pepper flakes.
  7. Let the broccoli cook in the chicken broth for a few minutes but don’t let it get mushy.
  8. Add the pasta to the broccoli and add the reserved cup of pasta water.  Cook for a couple minutes so pasta can absorb some of the liquid.
  9. Add the reserved pancetta and garlic, the toasted pine nuts and the freshly grated parmesan cheese.
  10. Enjoy!

Princess Tips

  • You can use bacon in place of the pancetta.  Even Italian sausage would be good.
  • Please use freshly grated parmesan or romano cheese.  Don’t use the shake can of cheese that doesn’t have to be refrigerated.  Kitchen princesses use REAL cheese!



  1. Tracey says

    I have been eyeing this recipe for a while now. I finally made it to a town where I could purchase the ingredients! DELICIOUS! Loved it, loved it, loved it! Whole family loved it! Even the picky eater. :)

    Thanks for sharing!

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