Creamy Pasta with Asparagus & Bacon

Creamy pasta dishes are a favorite for many, and when you add the fresh crunch of asparagus and the smoky goodness of bacon, you’re in for a treat. This recipe combines these elements to create a delicious and satisfying meal. Here’s how to make creamy pasta with asparagus and bacon:

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces (about 2 cups) penne or your favorite pasta
  • 8 slices bacon, chopped
  • 1 pound fresh asparagus, tough ends trimmed and cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup chicken or vegetable broth
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste
  • Fresh parsley, chopped, for garnish (optional)

Instructions:

1. Cook the Pasta:

a. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the pasta according to the package instructions until al dente. Drain and set aside.

2. Cook the Bacon:

a. In a large skillet, cook the chopped bacon over medium-high heat until it becomes crispy. Remove the bacon with a slotted spoon and place it on a paper towel-lined plate to drain. Leave the bacon drippings in the pan.

3. Sauté the Asparagus:

a. In the same skillet with the bacon drippings, add the asparagus pieces. Sauté them over medium-high heat for about 3-4 minutes or until they become tender but still crisp. Remove the asparagus from the skillet and set them aside.

4. Sauté the Garlic:

a. In the same skillet, add the minced garlic and cook for about 30 seconds or until fragrant.

5. Make the Cream Sauce:

a. Add the heavy cream, grated Parmesan cheese, chicken or vegetable broth, and butter to the skillet with the garlic. Stir well and cook for 3-4 minutes, allowing the sauce to thicken.

6. Combine Ingredients:

a. Return the cooked pasta, bacon, and sautéed asparagus to the skillet with the cream sauce. Stir to combine all the ingredients thoroughly.

7. Season and Serve:

a. Season the dish with salt and black pepper to taste. Garnish with fresh chopped parsley, if desired.

8. Enjoy:

a. Serve your creamy pasta with asparagus and bacon hot, and savor the delightful blend of flavors and textures.

This creamy pasta dish is a delightful combination of creamy richness, smoky bacon, and fresh asparagus, creating a meal that’s both comforting and satisfying. It’s perfect for a weeknight dinner or a special occasion. Enjoy!