5-Ingredient Bacon Asparagus Pasta

5-Ingredient Asparagus Bacon Pasta | gimmesomeoven.com

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


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

5-Ingredient Asparagus Bacon Pasta 5

White wine.


(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.

5-Ingredient Asparagus Bacon Pasta | gimmesomeoven.com

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

5-Ingredient Asparagus Bacon Pasta | gimmesomeoven.com

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.)

5-Ingredient Asparagus Bacon Pasta | gimmesomeoven.com

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.

5-Ingredient Asparagus Bacon Pasta | gimmesomeoven.com

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.

5-Ingredient Asparagus Bacon Pasta | gimmesomeoven.com

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!


  • 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


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!

5-Ingredient Asparagus Bacon Pasta | gimmesomeoven.com

Leave a Comment:


  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!

  14. Ira — December 25, 2014 @ 9:24 pm (#)

    I served this as a side dish for Christmas dinner tonight and it was enjoyed by all. My 13 year old picky eater not only tried it but, enjoyed a second helping.  I did make one change.  Instead of asparagus,  I used fresh green beans or I would have been the only one interested.  Thanks for making me look good one more time.

  15. Kaitlyn — January 6, 2015 @ 8:33 am (#)

    Made this to take for lunch today. LOVE it. I can’t buy wine, so I used chicken stock instead. I also subbed turkey bacon for pork bacon because that’s what I had on hand, but still delicious!

  16. Deanna — January 9, 2015 @ 9:10 pm (#)

    This was pretty good. I added a clove of garlic to the asparagus and used a whole cup of white wine.  The wine flavor didn’t really come through a lot for me, imo, and I accidentally undercooked my asparagus,  but it was still good.  Especially the bites with a little of everything in.  Thanks for the delightful dinner! 

  17. Cassie @ Feed 'Em and Weep — March 4, 2015 @ 4:26 pm (#)

    Delicious! The whole family loved this and it was so fast and simple to throw together!

  18. Victoria — March 9, 2015 @ 11:19 am (#)

    made this last night and there were NO leftovers! My family loved it. I added garlic and a full cup of white wine and a few sundries tomatoes! Sooo good!!

    • Ali — March 19, 2015 @ 1:14 pm (#)

      Thanks Victoria, that’s awesome! Also, I love that you added white wine and sundried tomatoes, yum!

  19. Raquel — April 7, 2015 @ 7:27 am (#)


    I love asparagus.

    I cook sometimes pasta with cider. It’s a different taste.

  20. Mondo | I bake he shoots — April 8, 2015 @ 5:50 pm (#)

    you had me at bacon. looks amazing!

  21. Amber @ The Bewitched Baker — April 9, 2015 @ 8:24 am (#)

    The Parmesan on top really makes this recipe.  YUM.  You’re right about cooking with wine, too.  White or red – it’s amazing to saute with.

  22. The Kentucky Gent — April 12, 2015 @ 7:06 am (#)

    This looks/sounds delicious! I love asparagus, and I’m sure the flavor of bacon pairs with it perfectly. 

    Josh – The Kentucky Gent

  23. Nicole Dolan — April 14, 2015 @ 7:21 pm (#)

    Delicious. The whole family ate it and it is nice to have a quick meal that I can get on the table.

    • Ali — April 15, 2015 @ 12:55 pm (#)

      Thanks Nicole, glad it was a hit with your fam!

  24. christine — April 15, 2015 @ 1:31 pm (#)

    I made this pasta last night and loved it! It was very easy to follow (even with a crying 3 month old and a very active 5 year old running around)! I wish I would have added a bit more liquid, but the flavor was excellent. I will make it again for sure! Thanks!!

    • Ali — April 16, 2015 @ 12:33 pm (#)

      Thanks Christine, so happy you enjoyed it!

  25. Shelby @ Go Eat and Repeat — April 17, 2015 @ 8:37 am (#)

    I love this recipe for three reasons. One, it uses leftovers in the house. Those are the perfect meals- ones that don’t require buying any other ingredients! Two, it only has 5 ingredients. Recipes with like a hundred ingredients are the worst! Finally, bacon. What more do you need to say?!

    • Ali — April 17, 2015 @ 9:06 am (#)

      Thank you Shelby!!

  26. Barbara Halcott — April 20, 2015 @ 11:43 am (#)

    Do you have nutritional facts for your recipes?  Is there
    anywhere I can find out the nutritional counts for your recipes?
    Fat, Carbs, Protein and Fiber?  
    Thank you so much.

    • Ali — April 20, 2015 @ 2:26 pm (#)

      Hey Barbara, I’m sorry but we currently aren’t publishing nutrition facts on the site. The nutrition calculators available are not 100% accurate, and we never want to publish anything that might be misleading. However, a lot of our readers love the My Fitness Pal nutrition calculator, so feel free to try that for an estimate. I hope that helps!

  27. Danielle — April 21, 2015 @ 8:58 pm (#)

    Sounds delicious and easy! I’ll be making this tonight and I’ll be adding garlic and onions. Maybe I’ll add sun dried tomatoes as well. We’ll see, lol. 
    Also, @Christine Setonn, there’s bacon that is uncured so no nitrates and the one I bought has no antibiotics and no hormones,  etc. Just FYI.

    • Ali — April 21, 2015 @ 10:12 pm (#)

      Thanks Danielle, let me know how it turned out, I hope you enjoyed it!

  28. Jeannone Burke — April 30, 2015 @ 1:33 pm (#)

    I made this yesterday & it was delicious! I love asparagus & bacon, this was a big hit with my family!

    • Ali — April 30, 2015 @ 2:14 pm (#)

      Thanks Jeannone, I’m glad you and your family enjoyed it!

  29. Paula Kiger — May 2, 2015 @ 8:03 pm (#)

    Just tried it tonight. Really great combination of flavors!! I would think about adding red pepper flakes or something (just a dash) to enhance the flavor but it was great “as is”! :-)

  30. Sharon Cushman — May 15, 2015 @ 8:11 pm (#)

    Made this tonight and it was yummy!

    • Ali — May 16, 2015 @ 8:47 am (#)

      Awesome, thanks, Sharon!

  31. Kristi — May 16, 2015 @ 9:22 pm (#)

    I made this for dinner tonight and it was so easy and yummy!! Thanks for sharing the recipe as I will use it in the future and try different variations. 

    • Ali — May 18, 2015 @ 7:36 am (#)

      Thanks Kristi, I’m glad to hear that!

  32. Brittany — June 7, 2015 @ 7:10 pm (#)

    Such a great recipe! Meant to have leftovers, but definitely didn’t, and it wasn’t an overwhelmingly complicated recipe considering it was my first attempt at cooking with wine. So easy to follow and incredibly delicious; I’ll be adding this to my rotation!

    • Ali — June 8, 2015 @ 8:30 am (#)

      Thank you, Brittany! I’m glad you found it user-friendly, and that you enjoyed it so much. Cooking with wine is pretty awesome, isn’t it? : )

  33. Jan Jaden — August 5, 2015 @ 12:45 am (#)

    Just made this for lunch and my boys (including my 2-year-old toddler) liked it, their plates were wiped clean in minutes!) :) I added minced onions and a little pepper, and used Japanese rice wine (Mizkan riyourishu). It’s so good!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — August 7, 2015 @ 10:43 am (#)

      That’s so great Jan, we’re happy this was a hit with your kiddos! And that Mizkan riyourishu sounds amazing, good call!

  34. Arianna Armon — August 8, 2015 @ 9:14 am (#)

    I LOVE this recipe.  I substitute spaghetti squash for pasta, though.  Think I may try it with zucchini “noodles” as well.  I have also added artichoke hearts.  It’s so versatile and yummy!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — August 11, 2015 @ 12:35 pm (#)

      Thanks Arianna, we’re so happy to hear you like this! :)

  35. DaJanny SancheZ — August 30, 2015 @ 1:03 am (#)

    cant wait to try it, but what if I don’t have any wine 😔 will the recipe still be the same???

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — September 2, 2015 @ 11:01 am (#)

      Hi there! We strongly recommend using the wine if you can, it really imparts a great flavor to the pasta. However, if you can’t, we’d suggest using some white wine/champagne vinegar to compensate for the flavor. We hope that helps! :)

  36. Holly — September 14, 2015 @ 4:20 pm (#)

    This recipe is amazing! I used chicken broth instead of white wine and it was fabulous. Thank you!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — September 15, 2015 @ 11:12 am (#)

      Thanks Holly, we’re happy to hear you enjoyed it! :)

  37. Kathy — October 15, 2015 @ 8:51 pm (#)

    Made it last night….my family LOVED it!  Used pancetta I had on hand instead of bacon and grated parmesan cheese…yummy!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — October 16, 2015 @ 9:38 am (#)

      Awesome Kathy, we’re happy to hear that! And the pancetta sounds wonderful! :)

  38. Geri — October 21, 2015 @ 8:15 pm (#)

    Exactly what I’m looking for!!! Asparagus is in season here in New Zealand right now so trying to make the most of it by making this for dinner tonight. I’ll let you know how it goes :)

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — October 21, 2015 @ 9:50 pm (#)

      Awesome Geri, we hope you enjoy it — definitely let us know what you think! :)

  39. Geri — October 22, 2015 @ 1:10 am (#)

    Well we’ve just finished dinner and it was awesome!!!  I added garlic (can’t have pasta without garlic) and I’m not really a wine drinker so I used Nigella Lawson’s trick and used vermouth instead.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — October 22, 2015 @ 12:25 pm (#)

      Yay, we’re so happy to hear that Geri, thanks for sharing! And it’s great to know you can use vermouth in this, we might just have to try that next time!

  40. Liaa — October 31, 2015 @ 4:11 pm (#)

    I made this recipe for my daughter, and husband. We all thought that it was good, but we added some fresh tomatoes to give it a little more dimension. I am going to keep this in my quick dinner lineup. Thanks!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — November 1, 2015 @ 2:39 pm (#)

      Thanks for sharing Liaa, we’re glad you and your family enjoyed it! And fresh tomatoes are always a god idea! :)


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