5-Ingredient Bacon Asparagus Pasta

5-Ingredient Asparagus Bacon Pasta | gimmesomeoven.com

I spy with my little eye…bacon…asparagus…pasta…Parmesan…

and?

(Triple gold star if you can guess the secret ingredient!)

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White wine.

Mmmmm.

(Did you guess it?)  Actually, if you’re not a fan of cooking with wine, you can easily sub in some chicken broth and maybe a hint of lemon juice.

But this recipe was 100% inspired by leftovers in my kitchen on the Sunday afternoon that I whipped it up.  And after having had friends over the night before, half a bottle of white wine was corked and calling my name.  So, as I like to do, I added half of it to the pasta, and poured the rest into a small glass to drink while I cooked.  Perfection.

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Seriously, though, the wine ended up being the perfect ingredient to pull this simple pasta together.  Let me explain…

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Begin by bringing a large pot of water to a boil, and cook your pasta (I went with linguine) according to package instructions until it’s al dente.

Meanwhile, add your diced bacon to a saute pan.  Cook it up in a pan until it’s nice and crispy.  Then remove it with a slotted spoon, and leave the leftover (about 1 Tbsp.) grease in the pan.

(For timing’s sake, I would add your pasta to the boiling water at this point after your bacon is cooked.)

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Add your fresh asparagus, and saute it in the bacon grease until it’s nice and cooked and still has a bit of a “bite”.  (Try to avoid overcooking it!)

Then add the white wine, and give the bottom of the pan a good stir to scrape those brown bits off the bottom.  It might not be the prettiest, but trust me, this step is so worth it and the pasta’s loveliness will recover.  ;)

Let the white wine boil down for a few minutes until it is reduced by about half.

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Then once the pasta is ready, drain it and add it to the pan, along with the cooked bacon and asparagus and half of the Parmesan.  Give it a good toss.

 

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Then sprinkle the rest of the Parmesan cheese on top.

And then dive in!  Because I guarantee you that this pasta will disappear quickly.  ;)

5-Ingredient Bacon Asparagus Pasta

This 5-Ingredient Bacon Asparagus Pasta is super easy to make, and full of absolutely amazing flavor!

Ingredients:

1/2 lb. (8 oz.) uncooked pasta (I used linguine)
1/2 lb. (about 8 strips) uncooked bacon, diced
1/2 lb. (8 oz.) fresh aspagarus, ends trimmed and cut into 2-inch pieces
1/2 cup dry white wine (or you can double this if you'd like)
1/2 cup grated or flaked Parmesan cheese

Directions:

Cook the pasta in a large pot of salted water al dente according to package instructions.

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 to the pan and saute in the bacon grease for about 5-6 minutes, stirring occasionally, until cooked. Remove asparagus with a slotted spoon, and set aside with the bacon. Slowly add the white wine to the pan, and scape the bottom of the pan with a spoon to deglaze the pan and pick up all of those yummy brown bits. Continue cooking for 5 minutes, or until the wine has reduced by about half.

When the pasta is cooked, drain it. Then add the pasta, asparagus, bacon and 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese to the saute pan, and toss until combined. Sprinkle pasta with the remaining Parmesan cheese and serve immediately.

*If the pasta seems too dry, add in 1/4 cup of the pasta water after adding in the asparagus and bacon and toss to combine.

If you make this recipe, be sure to snap a photo and hashtag it #gimmesomeoven. I'd love to see what you cook!

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Comments

  1. Emily Wachowiak — May 13, 2014 @ 9:54 pm (#)

    Yum! I can’t wait to try this. I’ll probably sneak in some garlic…

  2. Suzie — June 8, 2014 @ 7:55 pm (#)

    This recipe just changed my life. It is so delicious & easy. Next time I will maybe add some garlic but it’s so good as is. Now I will just have to resist eating it on a daily basis!

  3. stephanie — June 12, 2014 @ 4:38 pm (#)

    can you use a semi-sweet white wine or must it be a dry white wine?

    • Ali — June 19, 2014 @ 5:43 pm (#)

      Semi-sweet will work! It will just be a tad bit sweeter. :)

  4. Dawn KK — June 15, 2014 @ 9:17 pm (#)

    Just had this for Father’s Day! So delicious!

  5. klab — June 18, 2014 @ 2:54 pm (#)

    Fantastic recipe. I added a bit of pasta water to make more of a sauce. Definitely DO NOT skip the bacon, bacon drippings or wine. Those flavors make the dish. If you leave any of them out, it’s just not the same. I did add a pinch of dried pepper flakes for heat and topped the dish with fresh grated Parmesan cheese. So good!

  6. Christy — June 21, 2014 @ 10:44 pm (#)

    I made this for dinner tonight! It was great! I wouldn’t change a thing!

  7. Phil — June 23, 2014 @ 11:27 pm (#)

    I think I’m going to try this but with sugar snap peas instead of asparagus.

  8. Kyri — June 25, 2014 @ 8:26 pm (#)

    Made this for dinner tonight! Used whole wheat linguine and steamed the asparagus instead of sauté’ing it! Added a bit of chicken and used a Romano, Parmesan, Asiago mix from trader joes. Added fresh basil from the garden and there are no leftovers in my house!! Thanks for the inspiration! Delish!!

  9. Roberta — July 1, 2014 @ 4:10 pm (#)

    Than you, I LOVE this dish! I made it for just me and my husband as well as for a large family dinner with raving success! Its such a yummy light summer pasta dish!

  10. Theresa Galan-Bruce — July 4, 2014 @ 10:15 am (#)

    Looks great….gonna have to try this.

  11. Jackie — July 22, 2014 @ 6:28 pm (#)

    We tried this tonight and it was excellent! Thanks so much.

  12. Alex — August 3, 2014 @ 8:57 pm (#)

    The bacon and asparagus was a lovely combination.

    Very disappointed by the wateriness of the sauce. I didn’t add any pasta water, all the liquid was from the wine. This recipe needs some kind of thickener. Cream or raw egg (like carbonara). At the very least, needs powdered Parmesan instead of grated or shaved, to thicken it.

  13. christine setonn — October 28, 2014 @ 6:04 pm (#)

    It sounds really tasty which I,m sure it is! Just my two cents.ts worth, I,m amazed at the amount of people that still eat bacon, and actually cook in the grease, Google Nitrates and Nitrjtes, they are carcinogenic! And worse when cooked, I would have to find some Organic meat to add to it!

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