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Tomato and Asparagus "Carbonara"

Photo: Johnny Autry; Styling: Mary Clayton Carl
Hands-on time 25 mins
Total time 25 mins
Yield Serves 4 (serving size: 1 1/4 cups)
Toss the pasta and vegetables immediately after cooking. The heat from the pasta will cook the egg, thickening it into a light, creamy sauce.

Ingredients

  • 3 quarts water
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 pound (1-inch) diagonally cut trimmed asparagus
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 ounces pecorino Romano cheese, finely grated (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 large egg
  • 8 ounces uncooked penne pasta
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves

Nutrition Information

  • calories 335
  • fat 8.7 g
  • satfat 3.2 g
  • monofat 3 g
  • polyfat 0.7 g
  • protein 14.7 g
  • carbohydrate 50.6 g
  • fiber 5.2 g
  • cholesterol 63 mg
  • iron 4.8 mg
  • sodium 447 mg
  • calcium 156 mg

How to Make It

  1. Bring 3 quarts water to a boil in a Dutch oven.

  2. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add asparagus; sauté 3 1/2 minutes. Add garlic; sauté for 1 minute. Add tomatoes; cook for 6 minutes or until tomatoes are tender.

  3. Combine cheese, salt, pepper, and egg in a large bowl, stirring with a whisk.

  4. Add pasta to boiling water; cook 10 minutes or until al dente. Drain and toss pasta immediately with egg mixture. Add tomato mixture, tossing until sauce thickens. Divide pasta equally among 4 bowls. Sprinkle each serving with 1 tablespoon basil. Serve immediately.

  5. Wine Match: The bright, dry acidity of a sauvignon blanc will ­complement the grassy asparagus (and won't bring out an unflattering metallic taste). Try a fuller-bodied California wine like Simi Winery's Sonoma County Sauvignon Blanc ($14), with crisp lemon and rich tropical notes. --Gretchen Roberts

Cook's Notes

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