This penne pasta toss, featuring asparagus, spinach, and bacon, comes together in a snap on busy weeknights. Complement it with a glass of white wine, such as sauvignon blanc, and garlic-Parmesan breadsticks.
1/2 cup (2 ounces) preshredded Parmesan cheese, divided
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
How to Make It
Cook pasta according to the package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain; keep warm.
Cook bacon in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat until crisp. Remove bacon from pan; crumble. Add onion to drippings in pan; sauté 1 minute. Add asparagus and broth to pan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 5 minutes or until asparagus is crisp-tender. Add pasta, spinach, 1/4 cup cheese, and pepper to pan; toss well. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup cheese and bacon.
I used this recipe as a base making a few changes. (I cut the recipe in half for 2 of us). First, I grilled the asparagus and 1 chicken breast. I sauteed the onion with red pepper flakes and minced garlic as we like a kick to our pasta! I followed the rest of the recipe adding 1 tbsp of cornstarch to 1/4 cup broth stirring that in after the rest of the broth had simmered for 5 minutes. Then I simmered this mixture for a few minutes more. I added the pasta, grilled asparagus, diced chicken, spinach, and cheese tossing well. I only gave the recipe 3 stars as I made these changes. The leftovers were great for lunch the next day!
It's a good, solid pasta recipe if you're looking for something sans the usual tomato or alfredo sauce. The leftovers aren't fantastic, and I also think you could cut back on the chicken stock without the recipe suffering. May add some garlic and olive oil next time.
I thought this was really good! I did, however, make some changes. I increased the bacon to 8 slices and added garlic and pepperflakes; used just a splash of chicken broth - no need for more; and added more spinach, but instead of adding it to the saucepan (because it would overflow), I put it in my colander and poured the pot of hot penne pasta over it for an instant steam. I then added the spinach and pasta to the saucepan, and added sliced grilled chicken breasts. Very tasty! Would also be great without the meat.
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