5-Ingredient Bacon Asparagus Pasta

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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.

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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.

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

  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 18 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: About 3-4 servings 1x


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


  1. Cook the pasta in a large pot of generously-salted water al dente according to package instructions.
  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 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.
  3. 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.
  4. *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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228 comments on “5-Ingredient Bacon Asparagus Pasta”

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

  2. 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 :)

  3. 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.

    • 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!

  4. 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!

    • 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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  11. Made this for dinner tonight – added some chopped portobello mushrooms & red peppers.  So delish!  Thank you :)

    • We’re so happy you enjoyed this, Christene, and the portobello mushrooms and peppers sound like yummy additions! :)

  12. Wow, I was looking for a way to cook pasta with asparaguas, and rolled upon this recipe. I live deep in the woods in Colorado , and cook on my wood burning stove that heats my home, etc. 
    Winning, I thank you for the idea!
    I used the white wine to cook with so I got to enjoy it with an Old Style beer!
    Thanks! Dana Falcon

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  16. reminds me of carbonara, like the wine addition, and the asparagus, will have to make this instead next time I’m making carbonara, thank you for this recipe, it looks beautiful too!

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  19. 2 stars
    I made this last night – and I turned it into a 8 ingredient recipe and because I made changes – I only gave it 2 stars. I added 1 tablespoon o f butter to the sauce at the end and during the cooking of the asparagus I added 1 tablespoon of minced garlic – because it tasted totally flat and I also thickened the sauce with 1 Tablespoon corn starch mixed into 1/4 cup of water. Since I don’t drink – I changed the wine to 1/2 Better than Bouillon Chicken Base. I also only kept 2 tablespoons of bacon grease as the grease from the 8 pieces of thick bacon that I fried was way to much. With the changes I made – it was really good.

    • We appreciate your feedback, Kathi, and we’re glad you were able to adapt the recipe to your liking!

  20. 4 stars
    I have made this recipe several times, it is becoming a go-to recipe especially in the spring when asparagus is a good price. I have been inspired by this recipe to add asparagus to my garden.

  21. 4 stars
    This recipe was good for the amount of ingredients. Like others, I added fresh garlic and a little fresh broth. When served I add a sprinkle of fresh squeezed lemon! Everyone enjoyed it! Will make this recipe again and perhaps maybe add sundries tomatoes or capers.

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  23. 5 stars
    Love this recipe. So quick and easy. Only change I used Romano cheese.

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  26. 4 stars
    I enjoyed this recipe it was simple and yummy. I made a few motifications: used angel hair pasta as well as added red pepper flakes and garlic while sauting asparagus (my favorite way to eat asparagus). Delicious

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  29. This recipe was delicious. I was in the mood for sun dried tomatoes… put some in a food processor to chop and added to asparagus and bacon. Even my 4 year old liked it!! And I agree, the white wine (added to cook down with asparagus) made the dish 1 step better!

  30. 4 stars
    Very good and easy recipe I have made it several times for my family, they all enjoy it very much.

  31. 5 stars
    Thank you for the recipe! This is one of my absolute favorite pasta recipe! Love the recipe as written, but I add the juice of a lemon after the wine is reduced, also I add some sundried tomatoes (from Trader Joe’s dried, not in oil or water) Perfection!

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  36. 5 stars
    YUM. Delicious dish, bookmarked. I blanched the asparagus and used the same water to cook the pasta.

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  42. 5 stars
    Fantastic! I added mushroom and garlic with the asparagus. My family loved it.

  43. 5 stars
    Try adding homemade basil pesto!

  44. 5 stars
    Thank you for this recipe. I forgot all about pulling something from the freezer for dinner, and found not so many choices when I looked anyway. This was perfect for my husband and me. Since we don’t care for wine in our food, I went the chicken broth route. All gone, no leftovers!!

  45. 5 stars
    Really delicious, it’s a keeper for sure. So satisfying and so easy to put together!! Had fresh tomatoes from the garden given to me and they were crying to be used in just such a dish…it worked beautifully. Thank you so much, you made me look like a pro…..

  46. It was amazing! I added some cherry tomatoes and a bit of garlic, and the pasta’s been a huge success!

    Thank you so much!

  47. This is a wonderful recipe that we’ve made numerous times. It’s easy to make and has a great combination of flavors. We found that spaghetti didn’t mix thoroughly with the other ingredients so we use smaller pasta such as “bow ties”. The other change we made that really kicks up the flavor is to add about a 1/2 cup of sun-dried tomatoes when adding the bacon and asparagus back to the pan. All in all this is a family favorite!

  48. This was SO good. I substituted parmesan for blue cheese. I should have paid more attention to cutting the bacon before cooking, but you learn!

  49. So Good! Hate to be one of those who rates the recipe and makes all kinds of changes so will confess that I added garlic and the sun dried tomatoes as suggested by others. We loved it, will be added to the rotation.
    Thank you!

  50. This is a great recipe that we make regularly. We use penne or some other smaller pasta because it mixes well. We also add about 1/4 cup of diced sun-dried tomatoes when we add the wine.