Bacon Asparagus Pasta

Bacon Asparagus Pasta

¾ lb rotini pasta, uncooked (6 cups)

3 tbsp olive oil

4 slices bacon, cut into small pieces (4 oz)

1 bunch asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1” pieces

1 onion, thinly sliced

¼ tsp salt

¾ cup chicken broth

¼ tsp black pepper

1 tsp balsamic vinegar

½ cup Parmesan cheese, grated

Place a large pot of water on high heat to boil. Add pasta and cook to al dente, 10-11 minutes. Drain, reserving ¼ water, but do not rinse.

Heat olive oil in a heavy saute pan over medium heat and add bacon. Cook until bacon is crispy, about 5 minutes. Remove bacon from the pan, leaving drippings, and set aside.

Add asparagus and onion to the saute pan. Turn heat up to medium high and saute until mixture begins to brown. Stir in salt and broth. Turn heat down to medium, cover pan and simmer until asparagus is tender, about 4 minutes. Stir in black pepper.

Add balsamic vinegar, pasta and bacon to the saute pan. Continue to cook for 1 minute, or until warmed through. Add pasta water if the mixture seems dry.

Toss with Parmesan cheese and serve immediately.

4 servings, 720 calories per serving

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8 Replies to “Bacon Asparagus Pasta”

  1. Sometimes I think adding bacon and/or onion makes every dish delicious. And the house smells like heaven 🙂 
    I don’t use asparagus in my cooking but I’ve heard it is very healthy so I would like to incorporate it into the meals more often. However, I don’t have any experience with that and have also never seen my mother or grandma using it so I’m looking for some recipes. I’m curious about the taste of this one.

    1. You can’t go wrong with bacon and onions!  As for the taste of asparagus, it has a strong flavor that many compare to broccoli or green beans.  In my experience, people either love it or hate it!  I guess the only way for you to know which “group” you’re in is to try it. I hope you’ll let me know!

  2. Pasta is another of my favorite food and I look for various patterns in cooking pasta. Your recipe sounds great to me and I hope sliced onion, olive oil, black pepper, and chicken will add a great taste to the dish as I also used to prepare.

    thank you very much for sharing such a delicious food preparation.

  3. I think this recipe looks so delicious and so worth making! The picture makes my mouth water and excellent clear instructions allows me to prepare and know exactly what I need to make this recipe. 

    Can you use something else instead of slices of bacon, like fish or tuna? Thank you for a quick and tasty recipe that you can make time and time again:)

    1. The beauty of making things from scratch is that you can substitute whatever you want!  Please let me know what you decided to use and how it turned out.

  4. Thanks for this delicious article, hahaha, I must say I felt very hungry reading the steps to make Bacon Asparagus Pasta, LOL! Bacon is my favorite, I am not a big fan of pasta, but since bacon and cheese are involved in the mixture, it will do. I think this meal will be extremely delicious when you eat it with a little bit of tomato sauce!

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