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.
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