We thought this was a great weeknight dish! Although I changed some of the ingredients, I followed the proportions and steps to put together a really flavorful pasta dish. I used prosciutto instead of the bacon, white beans rather than garbanzos, and chard instead of the broccoli rabe (store was out). We finished the dish with a few dashes of olive oil and some freshly-grated romano. Very easy and tasty. Will definitely make this again!
Gemelli with Broccoli Rabe, Bacon, and Chickpeas
SuzanneM Posted: 09/08/10
TsKitchen Posted: 09/03/10
We really liked this recipe and it was super easy. I used more bacon than it called for (I just wanted to use up what I had in the refrig). I also added 1/8 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes like the other reviewer suggested and I think it was a good call. Added grated Parmesan cheese and a squeeze of lemon juice to the finished product. I will say the 'sauce' was thin, and it helped to scoop from the bottom of the serving bowl to get the good stuff. I would make this again for sure
TerriS2 Posted: 09/29/10
I have already made this twice and given the recipe to a friend. It is easy, healthy and tasty. We love it!
WendeM Posted: 09/08/10
We liked this. I used the penne instead of the gemelli because I couldn't find it. I think it would have been nicer with a sauce but my daughter scarfed up all the leftovers. What a suprise!
Ninnie Posted: 08/23/10
Added a little crushed red pepper and topped with some freshly grated parmesan cheese. Pretty good dish.
cluhrrr Posted: 10/25/10
While I liked the combination of brocolli rabe, bacon and chickpeas (not something I would have thought of on my own!), I agree with the other reviews that this kind of lacks something. It does provide a good base for adding other ingredients and flavors.
RAsMom Posted: 08/25/10
To my husband and I, this dish tasted like a bunch of random ingredients thrown together. It didn't taste integrated. I won't be making it again.
aim2014 Posted: 09/15/10
This was good, but not super special. Good flavor combo, but I can see where others are coming from when they say it doesn't seem very integrated. I added 1/3 c. Parmesan, 1 tablespoon lemon juice and a splash of olive oil, all of which helped. This was my first time using broccoli rabe, and I enjoyed it -- very healthy-tasting. This used quite a few dishes for a just-OK meal; I'll enjoy the leftovers, but probably won't make it again.
katrinavan Posted: 06/02/13
It was blah. Needed sauce.
BlueandBlueJay Posted: 07/11/12
I substituted garlic powder for garlic, broccoli for broccoli rabe(my grocery store didn't have it) and big slices of turkey bacon for regular bacon. I also made the pasta separately and tossed it in olive oil, and added a dash of balsamic vinegar when I sauteed the other ingredients. Overall its a good solid dinner- nothing mind blowing- but tasty, simple, and filling.
JoGee4 Posted: 03/26/14
Either pour a can of chicken broth in the mix or scoop pasta water in and add chicken base to taste. Add some hot pepper flakes and double garlic. Lots of grated cheese. Delish
Ramonalite Posted: 09/02/13
If you are like me and 3 stars scares you - don't let it scare you - this is a great dinner - we love it - I don't think I'd make it for a special occasion - but if you like broccoli Rabe or Spinach or kale and garbanzo beans and who doesn't love bacon - try this -- we just love the flavor and the nutritional stats