5-Ingredient Bacon Asparagus Pasta

March 26, 2014 by Ali

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!)

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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.

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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

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Cook Time: 18 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: About 3-4 servings


  • 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.

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About Ali

Ali Ebright is a freelance recipe developer and food writer/photographer, and blogs at Gimme Some Oven and Gimme Some Life. She also loves all things music, traveling near and far, actually making things from Pinterest, cozying up with a good book and her sweet pup, Henry, and spending time with a wonderful group of friends. Come say hello and follow Ali on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ & Instagram.

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88 thoughts on “5-Ingredient Bacon Asparagus Pasta

  1. 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.

    - Alex

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

    - Jackie

  3. Looks great….gonna have to try this.

    - Theresa Galan-Bruce

  4. 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!

    - Roberta

  5. 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!!

    - Kyri

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

    - Phil

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

    - Christy

  8. 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!

    - klab

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

    - Dawn KK

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

    - stephanie

  11. 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!

    - Suzie

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

    - Emily Wachowiak

  13. I was cruising through the “Today” show’s website and found your picture of this recipe on it!! Congrats.


    - Julie

  14. For inquiring minds, turkey bacon CAN NOT be substituted. By accident of course, because there really is no substitute for real bacon. Had quite the domino effect… No grease to cook in, no yummy brown bits, had to add extra broth and lemon juice and equaled a pretty dry dish. :( Will definitely try this again the right way. Flavor was almost there, just a bit dry.

    - Jessica

  15. Very good… I added a clove of garlic to the asparagus.

    - Sarah Filion

  16. IS it possible to give the Nutrients with the recipe, Fat, Carbs, Fiber and Protein. It would be good to know how much of a serving we can have along with the Nutrients.

    - Joan Demers

  17. We do not drink in my house, so we do not have any wine. Any suggestions for substitutes? I don’t think I would even know what white wine would be good. lol. Thank You

    - Paula

  18. Made this for dinner and it was great! I added a clove of garlic during the last minute of the asparagus & drizzled a bit of olive oil in the end.. lovely!

    - Rachel

  19. The flavor of bacon – I get it! But what can we substitute for the bacon grease? Recipe looks and sounds so good, but need a healthier alternative. #Vegan #Sustainablelifestyle

    - Pam

    • You can substitute any oil for bacon grease. And if you’re vegan, this recipe would also be great with diced Field Roast (and nooch in place of cheese). Good luck!

      - Ali

  20. It has been a long time for me using Pampered Chef. Every thing looks good will be trying them out.

    - Pamela Grimm

  21. Made this to take to Easter party. So good! I added grape tomatoes for the color.

    - Joey Saverse

  22. Sounds delicious and easy! Any ideas of what to pair this dish with?

    - Rachel

  23. Quick, easy & delish!

    - Marlys

  24. Ali this is to die for. The photos are incredible, and I can’t think of a better combination for a quick pasta dinner…

    - sue/the view from great island


    - STACEY

  26. can’t wait to try this I’m all about easy & quick.I live alone & rarely cook anymore because it’s too much trouble but this looks good & easy thanks

    - Jeanie Parris

  27. I don’t drink, but I enjoy wine in my food at restaurants. I just wanted to know which wine you cooked with. I’m not very familiar with wines. This dish makes my mouth water.

    - C. Diaz

  28. Since my husband doesn’t like asparagus (or eat meat) I’ll be eating this whole thing by myself – thank you!

    - Lynn @ The Actor’s Diet

  29. I could eat this forever and ever and ever. And ever.

    - bev @ bevcooks

  30. I just made and as expected it is delicious! Thanks for the recipe.

    - Landus

  31. I love a 5-ingredient recipe! The ingredients in this pasta sound delicious and are gorgeous in color. And, you can’t go wrong with bacon!

    - Tiffany @ Triple Crème Decadence

  32. I love pasta, I love bacon, and I love asparagus,,,, I would grill the asparagus, It’s my fav way to eat it, but then you would not get the bacon flavour on it. I am sure going to try this, an I think you are right about the wine adding to it.

    - Gloria

  33. Was it dry? I was just wondering if 1/2 cup of the pasta water would have helped. Thoughts?

    - Bree

  34. Oh my goodness, this looks so beautiful AND delicious. Asparagus might just be my favorite vegetable and pasta with bacon is always a winner. Yum! Can you ship me some for lunch?

    - Aimee @ Like Mother Like Daughter

  35. Ok…is there anyway for me to magically just dive into this picture and swim in that delicious noodle goodness? This recipe looks amazing, I will no doubt be making this. It is such a great spring/summer dish…although I would eat it year round. I love that it is simple and colorful. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe! You have totally made my appetite escalate with this one!

    That Comfort Girl

    - Kaysha Comfort

  36. Perfection indeed! Love it :)

    - Amanda

  37. Ok, I really COULDN’T wait to try it. I made it last night for dinner and I can attest this is one awesome recipe! And super quick too!

    - Meg Jones | The Spatularette

  38. What’s not to love? This looks absolutely out of this world!

    - Melanie | Melanie Makes

  39. So amazingly delicious!

    - Meredith

  40. YUM! You are the QUEEN of making me hungry :)

    - ashley - baker by nature

  41. Nothing beats wine, back, and using up leftovers in the fridge. Yummo!! Pinned and shared :)

    - Katie | The Surly Housewife

  42. I love these flavors. Sometimes the best recipes come from random ingredients leftover in your fridge :)!

    - Alexe @ Keys to the Cucina

  43. Ooh, I think this is one of the tastiest pasta recipes I’ve seen in a while! Love the idea of the strong wine and bacon flavours with the milder asparagus. Delicious … and lovely and colourful, too!

    - Helen @ Scrummy Lane

  44. I have some asparagus in the fridge right now. Think I may have to make this but without the bacon!

    - Julia @ hungryandconfused

  45. Your good photos are amazing-everything looks so fresh.

    - Esther

  46. This pasta seriously could not be more perfect! : )

    - Crystal | Apples & Sparkle

  47. Who is not a fan of cooking with wine? Crazy.

    This pasta looks simple and all the more delicious for it! Love pasta dishes that let the individual ingredients shine! Beautiful photos too!

    - Lindsey @ American Heritage Cooking

  48. Everything tastes better with wine, at least I think so.

    - Kathy @ Olives & Garlic

  49. This looks yum!

    - Rachel

  50. Awesome way to use up the abundant amount of asparagus we’ve got going on right now! Love the addition of that bacon too! Looks divine, Ali :)

    - Julie @ Table for Two

  51. You can’t go wrong with bacon, wine, and cheese. Love this simple dish!

    - Jennie @themessybakerblog

  52. Oh MY, Ali! You had me at the pasta and dumped me into swoon mode with the bacon and asparagus! Pinned and Stumbled!

    - Becca from ItsYummi!

  53. Can I come over for dinner?

    - Claire Gallam

  54. You added all the ingredients in the right order, starting with having fun with your friends FIRST! And of course, you have all of the essential food groups represented: Pasta, bacon, cheese and wine. Oh, and veggies, I suppose :)

    - Heidi @foodiecrush

  55. All of my favorite ingredients! Lovely pasta dish Ali :) xo

    - Jenny Flake

  56. The flavours in this sound great Ali! So light and spring-like.

    - Kathryn

  57. Wine, cheese, bacon, asparagus and carbs?! How did you know exactly what I wanted for dinner! Pinned

    - Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness

  58. There’s nothing I don’t love about this pasta dish!

    - Paula - bell'alimento

  59. This really could not be more perfect! Love this pasta!

    - Tieghan

  60. Ali, this looks amazing! I have both bacon and asparagus in my fridge, so this is getting shot straight to the top of the “to make” list. Can’t wait to try it!

    - Meg Jones | The Spatularette

  61. The white wine hitting the pan is the best moment! This looks delicious!!

    - Marie | Little Kitchie

  62. This looks yummy, I’m not a fan of asparagus but I’m sure I could think of something to replace asparagus to try this out! Wine and bacon go so very well in a sauce together :)

    - Ioanna