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Asparagus & Bacon Pasta

18 Aug

This is an easily modified pasta recipe. It doesn’t use sauce, and the asparagus can be substituted for broccoli or another vegetable you have on hand.

INGREDIENTS
1 lb uncooked pasta
1/4 to 1/2 lb bacon, diced (can substitute Italian sausage, pancetta or leave out meat altogether)
1/2 cup onions, chopped
1/2 lb fresh asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1 inch pieces
1/2 tsp minced garlic
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 chicken broth or dry white wine
1 lb cherry tomatoes, halved
1 tsp fresh lemon juice (optional)
1/2 cup grated Parmesan (optional)

DIRECTIONS

  1. Cook the pasta in a large pot of salted water al dente according to package instructions. Drain and set aside. (Save about 1/2 cup of the pasta water when draining.)
  2. Meanwhile, add bacon to a medium saute pan. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until crispy. Remove the bacon with a slotted spoon and set aside. Add asparagus and onions to the pan and saute in the bacon grease for about 5-6 minutes, stirring occasionally, until cooked. Mix in garlic, red pepper, and salt and cook for another 30 seconds. Remove vegetables with a slotted spoon, and set aside with the bacon.
  3. Slowly add the chicken broth or white wine to the pan, and scrape the bottom of the pan with a spoon to deglaze. Continue cooking for 5 minutes, or until the liquid has reduced by about half.
  4.  Add the pasta, asparagus, onions, bacon, and 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese (if using) to the saute pan, and toss until combined. Gently mix in tomatoes and lemon juice and heat thoroughly. (If the pasta seems too dry, add in some of the pasta water until it reaches desired thickness.) Sprinkle pasta with the remaining Parmesan cheese and serve immediately.

Recipe adapted from Gimme Some Oven

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