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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,

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Asparagus Carbonara

Asparagus Carbonara

Asparagus Carbonara

Ingredients

  1. 2 large eggs
  2. 2/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  3. 3/4 pound spaghetti
  4. 1 bunch asparagus, halved lengthwise and cut crosswise into 2-inch pieces
  5. 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  6. 5 slices bacon, coarsely chopped
  7. 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  8. 1/4 cup dry white wine
  9. Salt and pepper

Directions

  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.

Join The Conversation
rinerlt rinerlt 7 years
made this for dinner last night and it was fantastic. looking forward to the leftovers today for lunch. :)
redchick152 redchick152 7 years
i wanted to come back and let you all know that this was so easy to make and tasted yummy!! i used turkey bacon and egg beaters.
glory66 glory66 7 years
I like this recipe and i hope to try it soon i can;easy meal with asparagus ,a healthy vegetable.
goddessru goddessru 7 years
Ok, can I just say YUM! I made this last night and this is def gonna be a staple. It was easy to make, and not a strict recipie. I was concerned about the egg thing (as I posted before) but it ended up mixing and absorbing into the hot pasta. I had white zinfindel and that worked fine too. Used turkey bacon, added in sliced cooked chicken breasts and peas (no asparagus in the house) and WOW it was SO GOOD. I love that you can play around with the ingrediants. Leave it to RR to give us a totally easy and repeatable delicious recipie!
gingirl gingirl 7 years
Love carbonara! So easy to make once you do it the first time, lol. I just made a recipe slightly similar to this from Racheal Ray. I think the main differences were, instead of asparagus it was escarole (wilted in EVOO), and instead of bacon it was anchovies; but still had the carbonara. It was supposed to kind of taste like ceasar salad in pasta form. It was really yummy!
redchick152 redchick152 7 years
yum! i love asparagus and have never known how to make carbonara. going to the store asap!
goddessru goddessru 7 years
Wow that's so easy. I never knew the trick to carbornara sauce. Is it totally weird that the egg isn't cooked... or does it "cook up" in the hot pasta & wine sauce? I'm just concerned about serving raw egg lol.
fuzzles fuzzles 7 years
....and we have dinner! With extra BACON, of course.
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