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Creamy Asparagus, Herb, and Pea Pasta

Photo: Christopher Testani; Styling: Paige Hicks
Yield Serves 4 (serving size: about 1 1/2 cups)
You can use bacon in place of pancetta for a smoky hit.


  • 2 thin pancetta slices (about 5/8 ounce)
  • 1 large garlic clove, thinly sliced
  • 2/3 cup unsalted chicken stock
  • 3 ounces 1/3-less-fat cream cheese (about 1/3 cup)
  • 3 tablespoons mascarpone cheese
  • 8 ounces uncooked pappardelle (wide ribbon pasta)
  • 1 1/2 cups (1-inch) asparagus pieces
  • 1/2 cup frozen green peas
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 tablespoon thinly sliced fresh chives

Nutrition Information

  • calories 388
  • fat 12.3 g
  • satfat 5.8 g
  • monofat 3 g
  • polyfat 1.3 g
  • protein 17 g
  • carbohydrate 53 g
  • fiber 7 g
  • cholesterol 61 mg
  • iron 7 mg
  • sodium 407 mg
  • calcium 118 mg

How to Make It

  1. Place pancetta in a large skillet over medium heat; cook 6 minutes or until pancetta begins to crisp, stirring occasionally. Add garlic; cook 30 seconds, stirring constantly. Add stock; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer 4 minutes. Add the cream cheese and mascarpone, stirring with a whisk until smooth. Strain sauce through a fine sieve over a large bowl. Discard solids.

  2. Cook pasta according to package directions; omitting salt and fat. Add asparagus and peas during last 2 minutes of cooking; cook 2 minutes. Drain. Add the pasta mixture, salt, and black pepper to sauce in bowl; toss well to combine. Sprinkle with parsley and chives.

Cook's Notes

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