Photo: Lee Harrelson; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross
Yield
4 servings (serving size: about 1 1/2 cups pasta mixture and 1 tablespoon cheese)

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.

How to Make It

Step 1

Cook pasta according to the package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain; keep warm.

Step 2

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.

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