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Asparagus Carbonara Recipe

Fast & Easy Dinner: Asparagus Carbonara

Last week, I shared one of my favorite asparagus and pasta recipes, and now I'm going to show you another scrumptious seasonal secret. To give classic pasta carbonara a Spring makeover, I add chunks of asparagus! It's a simple step that provides a blast of fresh greenness to the pasta. Carbonara has long been one of my go-to staples and tossing in tender vegetables makes it taste lighter and healthier. For the quick and adaptable (use whatever veggies you have on hand) recipe,


Asparagus Carbonara

Asparagus Carbonara

Asparagus Carbonara


2 large eggs
2/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
3/4 pound spaghetti
1 bunch asparagus, halved lengthwise and cut crosswise into 2-inch pieces
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
5 slices bacon, coarsely chopped
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1/4 cup dry white wine
Salt and pepper


  1. In a large bowl, beat together the eggs and cheese.
  2. In a large pot of boiling, salted water, cook the pasta until al dente, adding the asparagus during the last minute of cooking.
  3. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup of the cooking water. Add the hot pasta and asparagus to egg mixture; toss to coat.
  4. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the bacon and cook until crisp, stir in the garlic. Add the wine and cook until slightly reduced, about 1 minute.
  5. Stir the bacon mixture into the pasta, adding enough of the reserved pasta water to moisten; season with salt and pepper.

Serves 4.

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