A Word From The Cook

“Rigatoni is a versatile pasta. Cruciferous cauliflower and broccoli, along with salty bacon, anchovies,and capers make it a savory side or main dish. ”


Total Time:

30 Minutes


4-6 Servings


  • 6 Slices bacon or pancetta
  • 3 Cups cauliflower florets
  • 3 Cups broccoli florets
  • 1 Pound rigatoni
  • 3 Anchovy fillets
  • 2 Garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 2 Tablespoons capers
  • 3 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 Tablespoons flat leaf parsley
  • 1/2 Cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano + more for garnish
  • Pinch red pepper flakes (optional)
  1. Step 1 – Lightly Boil Broccoli and Brussels Sprouts
    1. In a large pot of salted boiling water, cook cruciferous vegetables until tender (about 6 minutes). Use a slotted spoon to transfer broccoli and cauliflower to a bowl.
    2. Coarsely chop together anchovies, capers, and garlic, and add to vegetables, tossing gently.
  2. Step 2 – Boil Pasta and Begin Bacon
    1. Return water to a boil and add pasta. Cook rigatoni until al dente (about 2 minutes less than package instructions). Pasta is done when it's chewy, but fully cooked. When it's done, drain the pasta, reserving 1/4 cup pasta water to be used in Step 3. After draining pasta, return it to the pot and toss pasta gently with 1 tablespoon olive oil.
    2. In the meantime, in a large skillet, cook bacon until crisp, over medium heat. When bacon is fully cooked, remove it from the pan, drain on a paper towel and coarsely chop.
    3. Pour bacon grease from pan into a disposable container and lightly wipe the pan, removing the brown bits, reserving a tablespoon of bacon drippings in the pan.
  3. Step 3 – Combine Ingredients and Serve
    1. Heat the large skillet with bacon drippings over medium high heat. Add 2 tablespoons olive oil. When oil is almost smoking, add the cauliflower and broccoli mixture. Cook for about 2 minutes, tossing to ensure even cooking. Remove from heat and add mixture to warm pasta, along with reserved pasta liquid, bacon and parsley. Toss to combine and add cheese.
    2. Serve immediately and garnish with freshly grated cheese and red pepper flakes.