Lee Harrelson
Yield
4 servings (serving size: 2 cups pasta mixture and 2 tablespoons cheese)

Start with hot tap water, and cover the pot with the lid--the water for cooking the pasta will come to a boil faster. Look for prechopped onion in the produce section.

How to Make It

Step 1

Cook asparagus and pasta according to pasta package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain; set aside.

Step 2

Cook bacon in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until crisp; cool slightly. Remove bacon from the pan, reserving 2 teaspoons drippings in pan. Crumble bacon. Add onion, garlic, and oregano to drippings in the pan; sauté 4 minutes or until onion is lightly browned. Add tomatoes; cook 2 minutes. Add broth; bring to a boil. Stir in butter, salt, and pepper; remove from heat. Place asparagus mixture in a large bowl; add tomato mixture and juice, tossing well. Top with bacon and shredded cheese. Garnish with shaved Parmesan, if desired.

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