Penne with Asparagus and Bacon
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The trio of bacon, asparagus and cheese is just wonderful. We even coated the pasta with the bacon drippings for a double dose of smokiness.
uncooked asparagus1 pound(s), thin-variety, trimmed, cut into bite-size pieces
uncooked whole wheat pasta12 oz, penne
fresh tomato(es)1 cup(s), chopped
fresh parsley2 Tbsp, fresh, chopped
balsamic vinegar1 ½ tsp
uncooked reduced fat bacon3 slice(s), cut into small pieces
egg(s)2 large, beaten
table salt½ tsp
black pepper¼ tsp, freshly ground
reduced-fat sour cream2 Tbsp
grated Parmesan cheese½ cup(s), high-quality recommended such as Pecorino Romano
- Fill a large pot with water; bring to a boil. Add asparagus; cook for 2 minutes. Remove asparagus with a slotted spoon; immediately submerge in cold water to stop them from cooking. Drain cold water; set aside.
- Cook pasta according to package directions using the same boiling water. When pasta is done, drain but reserve 1 cup of cooking water.
- Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine tomatoes, parsley and vinegar; season to taste with salt, if desired.
- Set a large skillet over medium heat; cook bacon to desired doneness. Remove bacon with a slotted spoon so it drains but leaves bacon drippings in pan. Add cooked pasta to pan; toss to coat thoroughly and remove pan from heat.
- Add eggs, salt and pepper to pan; toss well to coat. Stir in sour cream, cooked bacon and about 1/2 cup pasta water (or more to taste ) to loosen sauce, if desired.
- Stir in asparagus and tomato mixture; sprinkle with cheese and toss gently. Serve immediately. Yields about 1 1/2 cups per serving.