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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!)

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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. ;)

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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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144 comments on “5-Ingredient Bacon Asparagus Pasta”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  18. 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!!

  19. Delicious!

    I love asparagus.

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

  20. you had me at bacon. looks amazing!

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

    Josh – The Kentucky Gent

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

  24. 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!!

  25. 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?!

  26. 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.

    • 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. 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.

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

  29. 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. Made this tonight and it was yummy!

  31. 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. 

  32. 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!

    • 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. 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!

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

  34. 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!

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

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

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

  38. 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 :)

  39. 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!

  40. 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! :)

  41. 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! :)

  42. 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

  43. 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!

  44. 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!

  45. 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.

  46. 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.

  47. Love this recipe. So quick and easy. Only change I used Romano cheese.

  48. 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

  49. 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!

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