Asparagus and Bacon Pasta

Asparagus and bacon are well known for being a great combination; so I thought to myself why not put them with one of my favourite things- pasta.  Add some spinach, tomatoes and parmesan and voilá – you have an extremely good meal that takes no time or effort at all (apart from some chopping!!).

I wasn’t sure whether this needed a sauce to begin with but the parmesan and tomatoes create the moisture needed in this pasta dish and hold it together.  I did think about using more cream to create a sauce but decided 1 tablespoon was all that was needed, just to break the spinach up when it is added.

I used wholemeal pasta in this recipe because it has a higher nutritional value than the normal pasta we use and gives a lasting source of energy. For me, I don’t think there is much of a difference in taste.

If you don’t have any leftover bacon rashers in the fridge, you can use cooking bacon. I find this an excellent way to cut back costs because it is normal bacon but just the off cuts so they are differing in size and thickness. So if your going to slice it anyway why not choose cooking bacon and save yourself money  so that you can spend it on something else.

~~~~~
Asparagus and Bacon Pasta

 

Ingredients
Serves 2
120 g wholemeal pasta
100 g frozen spinach (defrosted and water drained)
1 onion (diced)
1 clove of garlic (crushed)
150 g asparagus (sliced)
150 g cherry or plum tomatoes (halved)
100 g bacon (sliced)
1 tbsp single or double cream (can use milk)
40 g of parmesan (grated finely)

 

Method
 Cook your pasta according to the packet instructions.
Gently fry your onions and garlic until they are beginning to soften and then add the asparagus and tomatoes. Fry for 5 minutes then add the bacon.  Fry for a further 5 minutes until the asparagus is beginning to soften but still has a firm crunch.
Add the spinach and double cream and combine. Finally add the parmesan, holding a little back for the topping, and mix in well.
Serve with the leftover parmesan sprinkled on top.
~~~~~
Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s