Spaghetti with Pancetta & Broccoli

I had some broccoli in the fridge, and I always have pasta, so when I found the recipe for Linguine with Pancetta and Broccoli in my book, 250 True Italian Pasta Dishes, I had to make it. Hubby doesn’t like linguini, he likes spaghetti, so I substituted, but overall I stuck to the recipe. If you like pasta, especially those that are less Americanized, like those drenched in Ragu, then you really should get this book. Check your local library to see if they have a copy. I’ve made quite a few dishes from here and we’ve never been disappointed.

I think what I like best about this book is how easy all the recipes are. Most can be made in 30 minutes or less, and they all follow the same basic pattern, making it extremely easy to adapt and even create your own recipes. All recipes call for starting the pasta first, then sauteing ingredients in some olive oil, adding a liquid and reducing it. The sauce is then turned off until the pasta has finished cooking. A couple tablespoons of pasta water are added to the sauce, heat it back up momentarily, drain and add the pasta, toss with some cheese and dinner is served!

I do urge you to check the library, your favorite bookstore, or your favorite online book merchant (I prefer Amazon myself) and check out this fabulous book. It’s a must have for any pasta lover! I’ve also linked to a few more recipes I’ve made from this book down at the bottom of this post.

Amanda’s Notes: The recipe calls for salt, I use kosher salt, which is just for adding to the pasta water. It also calls for linguine, I used spaghetti, and the recipe suggests 3/4 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano, where I use 1/2 cup. My husband was raised on that Kraft Parmasan (stinky feet cheese) and that’s what he likes. So when I make these dishes, I always cut the cheese down a bit.

Spaghetti with Pancetta and Broccoli
slightly adapted from 250 True Italian Pasta Dishes
printable version

3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
3/4 cup finely diced pancetta
1/4 cup finely diced onion
2 cups quartered broccoli florets
1 cup dry white Italian wine
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1 pound dried spaghetti
1/2 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano, divided
salt and freshly ground pepper

In a covered pasta pot over high heat, bring water to a rapid boil.

Meanwhile, in a large saute pan, heat oil over medium heat. Add pancetta and onion. Cook, stirring, until onion is soft and translucent, about 3 minutes. Add broccoli and cook, stirring, until tender, 3-5 minutes. Add wine, increase heat to high, and cook until reduced by half. Remove pan from heat and set aside.

While sauce is simmering, add kosher salt and spaghetti to the boiling water and cook, uncovered, over high heat until pasta is al dente. Scoop out about 1 cup of the pasta water and set aside; drain pasta.

Return saute pan to medium heat; add 2 tablespoons of the reserved pasta water and increase heat to high. Add spaghetti and toss to coat evenly, adding more pasta water if necessary. Add half the Parmigiano-Reggiano and toss well. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Transfer to a large serving bowl or platter and sprinkle with remaining cheese; serve immediately.

More you might like from John Coletta’s book:
Spaghetti in Chicken Tomato Sauce with Green Beans
Farfelle alla Vesuviana

Other pasta dishes:
Baked Manicotti with Prosciutto
Baked Ziti
Rotini with Creamy Three Herb Pesto
Spaghetti Pie
or you can view all my pasta recipes

From some other great blogs:
Mom’s Pasta Primavera from Simply Recipes
Pasta Pie from Noble Pig
Broccoli Pesto & Fusilli Pasta from 101 Cookbooks
Whole Wheat Spaghetti with Garlic, Chard, and Pecorino-Romano Cheese from Kalyn’s Kitchen

Incidentally, the pan I use for this recipe is my FAVORITE pan in the kitchen. It’s my ManPans wok. I use it for all my pasta and stir fry dishes and when I fry things too. LOVE it. You can read my review about it here.



  1. kudoskookies says

    Amanda I always enjoy your recipes and this one is perfect for the summer. Light and healthy! All my favorites in one dish. Yum!

  2. Audrey says

    I love recipes like this, where simple pantry ingredients come together into something wonderful! (I just bookmarked your pasta with chicken thighs and green beans, too!) Also, I just borrowed Guiliano Hazan's Thirty Minute Pasta from the library – haven't tried anything yet, but it might give you more of the same!

  3. Tasty Eats At Home says

    This sounds like the perfect weeknight dinner! I have a bunch of pancetta in the freezer. Definitely need to whip up a version of this.

  4. Bridgett says

    Anything with pancetta works for me. I love the big chunks in your pasta as it adds so much flavor. I will have to check out this book, thanks for the suggestion.

  5. Barbara @moderncomfortfood says

    Nice, Amanda! My garden broccoli has given up the ghost after 6 months of production, but the ichiban eggplant, which I think would also work well here, is still going strong. This type of simple, not very saucy pasta is just so satisfying. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Winnie says

    That's funny Amanda! We both posted a similar pasta…yours sounds great with the wine, and it looks delicious, too…

  7. jillbert says

    This sounds delicious! Another book to add to my library list – thanks for the recommendation and the additional links!

  8. Heather Davis says

    I am going to have to check if they sell it over here. My kids love pasta and sometimes it's hard to come up with new & exciting ideas. This one looks really good.

  9. Culinary Cory says

    I'm a huge fan of super easy pasta dishes for quick weeknight meals. This one contains all of my favorite ingredients. Especially the cup of wine. :)


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