Good made as written except subbed whole wheat penne. Flavors don't shout overwhelmingly, but quality ingredients yield a tasty, comforting meal. We're definitely doing his one again.
Tomato and Asparagus "Carbonara"
Barkly Posted: 08/25/12
jmeleeS Posted: 10/29/12
Quick & Easy recipe, but a little on the bland side. A few modifications - I had thick asparagus, so I chopped spears in half and then halved again lengthwise to facilitate quick cooking. I added cubes of chicken breast in the skillet and some red pepper to amp heartiness of the dish and flavor. I retained at least 1/4 cup of pasta water in the dutch oven so that the egg mixture would coat evenly. I also added 1/2 of an eggplant sliced into strips into the skillet, while cooking the asparagus spears in the pasta water. Used whole wheat angel hair pasta as that's what I had on hand and overall the dish was extremely filling. I would definitely add more italian flavors with some extra herbs, onions and more garlic just to give it more pizzaz. Otherwise, definitely a keeper as it really does cook up in ~30 minutes & is very hearty so that makes the dish excellent for a weeknight meal. Enjoy!
lrose17 Posted: 08/24/12
Delicious, healthy and filling! I added squash, baby bella mushrooms and orange bell peppers and my family loved it.
1hungeryferret Posted: 08/23/12Wheeling, IL
I added a half lb of boneless skinless chicken breast to the pan before the asparagus and it was pretty good. Very mild exept for the basil. I served it with a salad and garlic bread and both the dressing and the garlic on the bread overpowered the pasta. Maybe a caesar salad next time.
Tumbles Posted: 08/27/12
A great "meatless monday" recipe for my healthy-minded family. I substituted asiago for the romano, because that is what I had in the fridge. Also, I think this is an important tip to share when making any version of a "carbonara" -- after the pasta boils save some of the starchy water to add to the pasta/egg mixture. I added approx 1/4 cup. This keeps it from being too dry of a pasta dish. Loved the fresh chopped basil at the end. Perfecto!
carriemack Posted: 07/10/14
Beautifully simple but flavourful dish, quick and easy with minimal prep, ideal for a summer lunch or Dinner, I added some freshly podded peas but other than that followed the recipe exactly, do not understand the bland comments.
sweetpea1813 Posted: 04/14/14
This recipe was quite good, and was an easy weekday meal. We used whole wheat angel hair pasta and at the suggestion of other reviewers, including 1/4 cup of reserved pasta water to make the dish a little less dry. Next time I'd probably do a bit less than 1/4 cup of water. Added some red pepper flakes and onion for added flavor. Very good!! Just can't give it 4 stars because I don't think I'd make it for a special occasion, but would definitely make it again for a hearty weekday meal.
Cuisinia Posted: 05/21/14
This was excellent. I didn't experience dryness at all. I did use a huge organic, farm fresh egg, so maybe that added a little extra moisture. I didn't have to use pasta water at all. I also don't understand how it would seem "bland" to anyone. I followed the recipe exactly and both my husband and I thought it was loaded with flavor. I will make it again, for sure.
FoodJaunts Posted: 02/11/14
Solid recipe. Filling and I loved the amount of veggies. I tried to pump up the flavor a bit by adding onion, doubling the garlic and adding 1 Tbsp of Italian seasoning and 1 tsp crushed red pepper while sauteeing the veggies but I still thought it was a bit bland (Husband put Frank's Red Hot on it). It did go together quickly though and is a solid weeknight meal option.
LDombeck Posted: 06/17/14
Quick and delicious!! Easy to make and a good portion size. Good way to use asparagus.
chazlett1 Posted: 12/19/13
This meal was great, flavors were a perfect blend. Took 20 minutes to make, start to finish which is great on the weekdays.
emell25 Posted: 06/17/14
This turned out pretty bland. I made the recipe mostly as written but used quartered cocktail tomatoes because the store where I shopped did not have any cherry tomatoes available. I also reduced the size of the recipe by approximately 30%. Otherwise, I followed the recipe as published. This dish required a fair amount of prep (not unusual for a Cooking Light recipe) but it came together pretty quickly once I started cooking. Not sure I will make this again due to the lack of flavor - there are so many tastier pasta recipes available.
VeaLea Posted: 05/21/14
Great recipe - and now one I make regularly. Check out my experience at http://thecrreeds.blogspot.com/2014/05/tomato-and-asparagus-carbonara.html