Pasta Carbonara with Asparagus

Pasta Carbonara with Asparagus

  • Prep: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 15 min
  • Total: 25 min
  • Serving: 4 Servings

You can also use fresh asparagus for this creamy pasta dish. Just make sure to steam or blanch it until crisp-tender prior to using.

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  • 1 (10-ounce) package frozen cut asparagus
  • 3 slices turkey bacon or bacon, sliced crosswise into thin strips
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 cup low-fat evaporated milk
  • 1 egg
  • 8 ounces packaged dried fusilli
  • 2 teaspoons butter
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated pecorino or Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup snipped fresh parsley
  • Freshly ground black pepper


  1. Cook the pasta according to package directions, drain well and then return to the pot.
  2. In the meantime, cook the bacon and garlic in a small skillet until crisp and then drain on a paper towel-lined plate. Crumble the bacon once cool enough to handle.
  3. Place the egg and the milk into a small bowl and whisk well to combine. Pour the milk mixture into the pot with the hot pasta and then add the butter; toss well to coat over low heat for 6 minutes.
  4. Add the bacon, asparagus, pecorino and parsley to the pot and toss well to combine. Serve the pasta garnished with a few grinds of fresh pepper.

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