As we enter into spring, no time is better than now to enjoy wonderful tender stalks of asparagus. This pasta dish highlights the asparagus, using 2 lbs in order to really make its point. Cheese, cream, bacon, and shallots all just serve to enhance the asparagus flavor. It's elegant enough for a dinner party as well.
Step 1: Ingredients
1 pound pasta like penne, farfalle, rotini, fusilli
3 tablespoons olive oil
3 shallots, finely chopped
2 lbs of asparagus, cut into ½ inch pieces
Freshly ground pepper
¾ cup of heavy cream OR ½ cup chicken stock for a dairy free option
½ cup shaved Parmigiano Reggiano to sprinkle on top
Salt and pepper to taste
Step 2: Method
While pasta is cooking, in a fry pan, over medium high heat, cook bacon until it is golden and crisp. Remove with a slotted spoon and allow bacon to drain on a paper towel.
Step 3: Method
Serve with cheese.