I really wanted to try the recipe for Gemelli with Broccoli Rabe, Bacon, and Chickpeas. Although this recipe called for only 5 ingredients, it used a lot of dishes and took more time than expected to make. I followed the directions closely and didn’t try to do any of the steps at the same time. I cooked the broccoli rabe, and then cooked whole wheat rotini (since that’s what I had in my pantry) in the same water. Separately, I fried bacon. Next, I sauteed garlic and chickpeas in a little of the bacon grease. I added the broccoli rabe, salt and pepper, pasta, pasta water, and bacon, and heated through.
None of those steps seemed like they should take a long time, and since I didn’t try to do multiple steps at once, this took a while. This meal was fine. I liked all the ingredients in it, but the combination didn’t amaze me. The amount of time it took me to make a relatively simple recipe also dissuades me from recommending this recipe. It tasted fine, and feel free to try it if you think you’d like the combination and would be able to make it faster than I did. I won’t make it again, though.