Gennaro Contaldo’s Bertollini Pasta With Broccoli and Crispy Pancetta

I recently teamed up with Bertolli to recreate one of the pasta dishes from their website.

There’s lots to choose from! But I decided to go with the pasta with broccoli and crispy pancetta from their pasta recipes page.

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Pasta With Broccoli and Crispy Pancetta

Gennaro Contaldo’s Bertollini Pasta With Broccoli and Crispy Pancetta
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Recipe type: Dinner
Serves: 6


  • 6 slices pancetta, left whole (optional)
  • 60 g Bertolli with Butter
  • 1 small cooking onion
  • 80 g pancetta, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 400 g broccoli floret
  • a little salt
  • 400 g small Bertollini pasta cones (or rigatoni)
  • grated Parmesan, to serve


  1. Grill or oven-bake the whole pancetta slices until crispy but not burnt and set aside.
  2. Melt Bertolli with Butter in large frying pan and on a medium heat sweat chopped pancetta for around 5 minutes until crispy.
  3. Add the onion, and garlic and sweat for a further minute.
  4. Finely dice the broccoli florets and sweat until tender with the rest of the ingredients.
  5. Add a little salt and pepper to taste.
  6. In the meantime, cook the pasta in slightly salted boiling water until “al dente.”
  7. Loosely, drain the pasta and over a low heat toss well together with a little cooking water and a knob of Bertolli with Butter to add shine. Serve immediately topped with crispy pancetta and plenty of grated Parmesan.


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