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Pasta with Pancetta and Asparagus
Pasta with Pancetta and Asparagus
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
40 mins
Elevate your usual pasta with creamy mascarpone sauce, fresh asparagus and toasty breadcrumbs, ready in under 30 mins!
Course: Pasta
Cuisine: American
Keyword: asparagus pasta
Servings: 6 Servings
Calories: 656 kcal
  • 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 oz pancetta, small dice
  • 1 shallot, minced (about 1/4 cup)
  • 1 large clove garlic, minced
  • 1 bunch asparagus, chopped into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 8 oz mascarpone
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced
  • 2 Tbsp parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 lb orecchiette, cooked al dente, 1 1/2 cups pasta water reserved
  • 1 Tbsp parsley, minced
  • Kosher salt and pepper
Toasted Bread Crumb
  • 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 Tbsp parsley, minced
  1. Heat the olive oil over medium heat in a large skillet. Add the pancetta and cook until browned, stirring frequently.
  2. Remove the pancetta to a paper towel lined plate, but don't drain the skillet.
  3. Add the shallot and garlic and cook over medium heat until fragrant and golden, about 2 mins. Add the asparagus and cook until bright green and barely tender, about 4 mins more. Add the white wine and cook until reduced by half.
  4. Stir in the mascarpone, lemon zest and juice, cheese, and about 1 cup reserved pasta water. Season with salt and pepper and cook until slightly thickened and bubbly.
  5. Reduce heat to low. Mix in the cooked pasta, parsley, cooked pancetta, and adjust seasoning. Add additional pasta water to thin if desired.
  6. To serve, spoon into bowls and top with toasted bread crumbs.
  7. Toasted Bread Crumbs: Heat olive oil in a small saute pan over med/high heat. Add the breadcrumbs, parmesan and parsley and stir well to coat. Cook for 3-5 mins, stirring frequently, until golden brown and toasted.
Nutrition Facts
Pasta with Pancetta and Asparagus
Amount Per Serving
Calories 656 Calories from Fat 288
% Daily Value*
Fat 32g49%
Saturated Fat 15g94%
Cholesterol 55mg18%
Sodium 315mg14%
Potassium 253mg7%
Carbohydrates 66g22%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 18g36%
Vitamin A 705IU14%
Vitamin C 3.6mg4%
Calcium 154mg15%
Iron 1.8mg10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.