Prep Time
40 Mins
Yield
4 servings (serving size: about 2 cups)

Pasta is the perfect weeknight meal. Your family will love the comforting flavors, and you'll love that it's surprisingly low in calories.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 400°.

Step 2

Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat; add asparagus to pan during last 3 minutes of cooking. Drain. Sprinkle pasta mixture with garlic; return to pan, and toss well.

Step 3

Arrange pine nuts in a single layer on a jelly-roll pan. Bake at 400° for 3 minutes or until golden and fragrant, stirring occasionally. Place in a small bowl.

Step 4

Increase oven temperature to 475°.

Step 5

Arrange pancetta on jelly-roll pan. Bake at 475° for 6 minutes or until crisp.

Step 6

Combine lemon juice, olive oil, salt, and pepper, stirring with a whisk. Drizzle over pasta mixture; toss well to coat. Sprinkle with pine nuts, pancetta, and cheese.

Chef's Notes

Pine nuts are particularly delicious in this dish, but walnuts would also be tasty.

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