ProteinPLUS® Penne with Pesto, Charred Cauliflower and Crispy Bacon

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Step 1

Bring salted water to boil in steam-jacketed kettle or large stockpot on stove top. Add pasta; cook 1 min. less than directed on package. Drain, reserving 1-1/2 cups pasta water.

Step 2

Meanwhile, heat oil in large rondeau on medium-high heat. Add cauliflower; cook 8-10 min., tossing frequently until edges are slightly charred. Remove pan from heat.

Step 3

Add pasta and pesto to rondeau. Cook on low heat 3-4 min. until combined and heated through.

Step 4

Garnish with pine nuts and bacon before serving


  • 3 lbs Barilla ProteinPLUS® Penne
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 lbs small cauliflower florets
  • 3 jars (6.3 ounces each) Barilla® Traditional Basil Pesto
  • 1-1/2 cups toasted pine nuts
  • 1-1/2 cups cooked diced bacon
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Nutritional Info

This information is per serving.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1
Servings Per Container serving

Amount Per Serving
Calories 440
Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 23g
Saturated Fat 3g
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 13mg
Sodium 366mg
Total Carbohydrate 44g
Dietary Fiber 6g
Sugars 5g
Protein 16g

Vitamin A 11%
Vitamin C 48%
Calcium 9%
Iron 23%
Allergy Information:
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Please note: for the purpose of the nutritional assessment, total sodium does not include salt added to the cooking water. When salt is listed "as needed" in the ingredient list, 1 tsp total is included in the analysis.