Creamy pasta dishes are a favorite for many, and when you add the fresh crunch of asparagus and the smoky goodness of bacon, you’re in for a treat. This recipe combines these elements to create a delicious and satisfying meal. Here’s how to make creamy pasta with asparagus and bacon:
- 8 ounces (about 2 cups) penne or your favorite pasta
- 8 slices bacon, chopped
- 1 pound fresh asparagus, tough ends trimmed and cut into bite-sized pieces
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1/4 cup chicken or vegetable broth
- 2 tablespoons butter
- Salt and black pepper, to taste
- Fresh parsley, chopped, for garnish (optional)
1. Cook the Pasta:
a. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the pasta according to the package instructions until al dente. Drain and set aside.
2. Cook the Bacon:
a. In a large skillet, cook the chopped bacon over medium-high heat until it becomes crispy. Remove the bacon with a slotted spoon and place it on a paper towel-lined plate to drain. Leave the bacon drippings in the pan.
3. Sauté the Asparagus:
a. In the same skillet with the bacon drippings, add the asparagus pieces. Sauté them over medium-high heat for about 3-4 minutes or until they become tender but still crisp. Remove the asparagus from the skillet and set them aside.
4. Sauté the Garlic:
a. In the same skillet, add the minced garlic and cook for about 30 seconds or until fragrant.
5. Make the Cream Sauce:
a. Add the heavy cream, grated Parmesan cheese, chicken or vegetable broth, and butter to the skillet with the garlic. Stir well and cook for 3-4 minutes, allowing the sauce to thicken.
6. Combine Ingredients:
a. Return the cooked pasta, bacon, and sautéed asparagus to the skillet with the cream sauce. Stir to combine all the ingredients thoroughly.
7. Season and Serve:
a. Season the dish with salt and black pepper to taste. Garnish with fresh chopped parsley, if desired.
a. Serve your creamy pasta with asparagus and bacon hot, and savor the delightful blend of flavors and textures.
This creamy pasta dish is a delightful combination of creamy richness, smoky bacon, and fresh asparagus, creating a meal that’s both comforting and satisfying. It’s perfect for a weeknight dinner or a special occasion. Enjoy!