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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


  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


  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.

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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