Thursday, July 14, 2016

Creamy Pasta with Asparagus & Bacon

I went out to lunch with my dad the other day, after which we took a side trip to Aldi. Dad has been telling me for years about the low prices, but truth be told, I haven't been inside an Aldi store since the turn of the century (and isn't that a fun thing to say?!). I was surprised, when I got there, at the ample amount of fresh produce they had, and at shockingly low prices. I got two pounds of fresh strawberries to make a batch of Strawberry Margarita Jam at $.99/pound, a three-pack of jalapeños, a bag of avocados, a beautiful bunch of cilantro, and a large bag of the loveliest asparagus I think I have ever seen. Considering my cart was full and I carted out three bags of groceries, I wasn't expecting to get change back from my twenty.

I ended up with more asparagus than I expected, so had to dig through recipes, managing to unearth this one. I have no idea as to the source, but I made it for dinner last night and moaned at the deliciousness. This is restaurant quality stuff here. Plus, having done my prep work earlier in the day, including blanching the asparagus and cooking the pasta, it went together in minutes.
Creamy Pasta with Asparagus & Bacon

​4 ounces bow tie pasta

2 Tablespoons unsalted butter

1 clove garlic, finely minced

1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1 teaspoon chicken soup base (I use L.B. Jamison)

2/3 cup heavy cream

Salt & freshly ground black pepper, to taste

6 thin spears asparagus, diagonally cut into 2" pieces, blanched

3 strips bacon, cooked and crumbled

2 tablespoons toasted Melissa's pine nuts

1 tablespoon chopped parsley

Sprinkling of Parmesan cheese, to garnish

Prepare bow tie pasta according to package directions.

In 9" skillet melt butter. Add minced garlic and sauté for one minute.

Stir in Parmesan cheese and soup base until blended, and then slowly stir in heavy cream, salt, and pepper. Add cooked pasta to cream sauce and toss until pasta is coated. Fold in asparagus. Sprinkle with bacon, pine nuts, parsley, and additional  Parmesan cheese, if desired. Serve immediately.

8 comments: said...

This is a dream recipe for me Pattie, definitely my favorite type of dinner! I like the way you used chicken soup base in your sauce, yum, and pine nuts, swoon! Your strawberry margarita jam sounds divine also, I'm off to check that out!

Pinky at Designs by Pinky said...

OMGoodness, this sounds SOOOO good! We love asparagus and pasta so this will appear at our table soon! I keep seeing commercials for Aldi but don't have any nearby. Truth be told I never heard of them til the ads started showing up on the TV! BTW, I am so very sorry to hear that your husband passed away. XO, Pinky

Pinky at Designs by Pinky said...

PS, I pinned this too!

sandy said...

oh this looks so good!! thanks for the recipe - sounds like a nice trip out.

Angela Boone said...

This looks fantastic! Thanks for sharing at Merry Mondays.

sandy said...

I've shared your blog with my husband who is the main cook - he is here on his computer now looking at it. I pointed out this recipe and for sure we will try it.

The Lazy Gastronome said...

Oh my this looks delicious!! Such cream goodness! Thanks for sharing on the What's for Dinner link up!

Mary said...

Pattie, I'm drooling over this creamy pasta wishing a had a big bowl for breakfast! Pinned to my Pastabilities board!