Lemon Garlic Broccoli with Bacon – Inspiralized!

Broccoli NOODLES. Have you ever heard of such a thing!? No. No, you haven’t.

Lemon Garlic Broccoli with Bacon / Bev Cooks

My life has been forever changed with this brilliant invention. It’s called the Inspiralizer, and it turns baaaasically everything into NOODLES.


I feel an all caps moment is appropriate here.

My awesome friend Ali Maffucci discovered this lil’ machine only a few years ago, fell ballistically in love, and now has a brand new cookbook completely devoted to getting spiralized!

However, I never know whether to say spiralized, or inspiralized, so I’ll just say both. You know, options.

Lemon Garlic Broccoli with Bacon / Bev Cooks

Can you even believe that THOSE ^^^ are broccoli stems? And beyond that, once boiled a little, and sautéed in a kiss of bacon love, it is like, magic.

A while back, Ali graciously sent me the cookbook and spiralizer to play with. And would you like to know what’s spiraling the quickest? MY ADDICTION. I want to inspiralize everything! Shoes, high chairs, paper plates, bird houses. I might need to see someone.

Also, if you follow me on Snapchat, you’ll know that I had a little, um, mishap with the spiralizer while making this here recipe. You should know that my arm has indeed grown back. I’m like a star fish. But with a sad ponytail.

Lemon Garlic Broccoli with Bacon / Bev Cooks

So this recipe is incredible. Kudos, Ali girl.

She boils the broccoli florets and noodles in boiling water for a little bit. Then transfers it to a pan to finish off in a gentle sauté with lots and lots of garlic, a little bit of crushed red pepper, loads of fresh lemon, and a heavy hand of parmesan cheese. Oh, AND BACON. Hi, yes forever please.

I served it alongside a roasted chicken and it.was.perfection.

Lemon Garlic Broccoli with Bacon / Bev Cooks

And because I feel it’s necessary for our well beings as humans at this very moment, I’m showing you another photo of the exact same thing, only pulled back a little further. Breaking food blog rules is what I do.

All those noodles are BROCCOLI. Fork-tender, packed with lemony garlic flavor, fun-on-the-tongue (<–ew) noodles of broccoli.

Me thinks you need this Inspiralizer.

And the cookbook! Duh.

Lemon Garlic Broccoli with Bacon / Bev Cooks

You gon’ get sooooo inspiralized.

Lemon Garlic Broccoli with Bacon – Inspiralized!

What it took for four:

* 3 large broccoli heads with thick stems (in the book it suggest which blade to use, so you’ll need the book for this!)
* 6 bacon slices (I dig thick cut)
* 2 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
* 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
* pinch of salt and pepper
* 5 medium garlic cloves, thinly sliced
* juice of 1 lemon, and the zest of half a lemon
* 3 Tbs. parmesan cheese

Slice off the broccoli florets, and set them to the side. Spiralize the broccoli stems according to the book. You’ll get huge stemmy noodles!

Bring a medium pot of salted water to a boil. Add the broccoli florets and broccoli noodles; cook for a couple of minutes until tender. Drain and pat dry.

Place a large skillet over medium heat and coat with a little cooking spray. Add the bacon slices and render to your crispy liking. Set the bacon aside and wipe the pan clean.

Return the pan to a medium heat, and add the olive oil. Once you see a shimmer, add the florets, noodles and red pepper flakes. Season with salt and pepper. Cover and cook for two minutes. Remove the lid, toss the goods, add the garlic, lemon juice and zest; cover and cook another five minutes, or until you start to see a little browning on the broccoli.

Take the pan off the heat and stir in the cheese! That’s the best part. Well, that and the bacon.

Toss everything together and serve!

* I do have affiliate links in this post, fyi. If you purchase an Inspiralizer, I get a few bucks! Just had to let you know, because the law.

Lemon Garlic Broccoli with Bacon / Bev Cooks

I’ll think I’ll try to inspiralize a pillow next.

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7 Responses to Lemon Garlic Broccoli with Bacon – Inspiralized!

  1. Bella B September 15, 2015 at 8:24 am #
    This looks so good. I could eat it right now..for breakfast! xoxoBella | http://xoxobella.com
  2. Kelly September 15, 2015 at 11:58 am #
    Love the idea of broccoli noodles and the addition of bacon of course!
  3. Brian @ A Thought For Food September 15, 2015 at 1:00 pm #
    I mean, what can't you inspiralize? Really. Everything is better when it's turned into noodle shapes. :-) This looks fabulous and nicely done by throwing in the bacon. Can't go wrong!
  4. Bobby DoTube September 15, 2015 at 2:21 pm #
    This is something I know my wife will love! Thanks for the recipe and great pics! TY
  5. Claudia | The Brick Kitchen September 16, 2015 at 2:55 am #
    Unlike many, broccoli is seriously one of my favourite vegetables (when cooked right, of course!) - so these noodles would be right up my alley! Love the garlic and bacon you have sautéed it with too <3
  6. Beth Hughes September 28, 2015 at 8:22 am #
    One of the greatest cooking discoveries ever! Tried that two days ago and its taste still lingers in my mouth. Well done, Bev!


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