Ziti with Bacon and Greens

ziti with bacon and greens.

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Collard greens cooked with a bit of bacon, then tossed with ziti for a tasty pasta dish.


  • 2 slices bacon, preferably lean
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil plus oil spray
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ colored bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 bunch collard greens, thick stems removed and leaves chopped
  • 1/4 white wine
  • 1/3 cup parmesan cheese
  • 12 ozs ziti
  • pinch red pepper flakes
  • salt to taste


  1. Spray a large skillet with oil, then heat on medium. Add bacon and cook until crisp, 8 to 10 minutes.
  2. Remove bacon from pan, set on plate topped with paper towel to cool. Crumble into bite sized pieces when cool.
  3. Drain the excess bacon grease from skillet, then heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil in the skillet on medium.
  4. Add the onion, sauté in one tablespoon olive oil for about 5 minutes until the onion has begun to soften. Add the bell pepper, cook for another 5 minutes.
  5. Add the garlic, let it cook for a minute, then stir in the collard greens. You will probably need to add them in a couple of batches, letting the greens begin to cook down to make room for more.
  6. Stir in the cooking wine, red pepper flakes and salt to taste.
  7. Lower heat to medium high, and simmer the greens covered for 20 minutes.
  8. Cook the ziti according to package instructions as the greens cook.
  9. Drain the ziti, and toss with the collard green mixture. Stir in the bacon and cheese, and serve.
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