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Makeover Rigatoni with Bacon and Asparagus Recipe

Makeover Rigatoni with Bacon and Asparagus Recipe

Wouldn’t it be great to find a company-worthy dish that not only impresses with its taste, but with its nutrition numbers, too? That’s just what field editor Joanie Fuson of Indianapolis, IN was looking for...and what we were ultimately able to provide with her amazing rigatoni with bacon and asparagus. Joanie Fuson — Indianapolis, Indiana
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 20 min. YIELD:8 servings


  • 1 pound fresh asparagus, trimmed and coarsely chopped
  • 1 package (16 ounces) rigatoni
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2/3 cup half-and-half cream
  • 1/2 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 8 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese


  • 1. Fill a 6-qt. stockpot 3/4 full with water; bring to a boil. Add asparagus; cook, uncovered, 3 minutes or until tender. Remove with a slotted spoon and immediately drop into ice water. Drain and pat dry.
  • 2. Return water to a boil; cook rigatoni according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, heat butter and oil over medium-high heat. Add garlic; cook and stir 1 minute. Stir in cream. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 3-4 minutes or until slightly thickened. Stir in mozzarella cheese until melted.
  • 3. Drain rigatoni; return to pan. Stir in asparagus, bacon, parsley, salt, pepper and cream sauce. Sprinkle with Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese. Yield: 8 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1-1/4 cup: 345 calories, 13g fat (6g saturated fat), 32mg cholesterol, 428mg sodium, 44g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 2g fiber), 15g protein

Reviews for Makeover Rigatoni with Bacon and Asparagus

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Reviewed Mar. 13, 2016

"Loved it. Will use a little less pasta next time."

Reviewed Mar. 18, 2015

"Whole family loved it after it was tweaked a little. It isn't very saucy when finished so I added more half and half the second time I made it. I think when I make this again, I will either double the sauce or increase it by one half. It can also be made with ham instead of the bacon."

Reviewed Jul. 27, 2014

"One of our family favorites. We use gluten free noodles."

Reviewed Mar. 7, 2013

"doesn't reheat well though, but it is delicious"

Reviewed Jul. 10, 2012

"So Good!"

Reviewed Jun. 2, 2011

"Really good!! I used more cheese and garlic, really great, I make this as a side or lunch"

Reviewed Apr. 28, 2011

"Really good. I didn't have asparagus on hand, so I used broccoli. My hubby thought it was a bit salty because of the bacon, so I think that the salt ingredient could be omitted."

Reviewed Oct. 16, 2010

"Clean plates all around! This was super fast, easy and cheap. I didn't have bacon on hand, so I subbed canadian bacon and it was great, plus lower in fat. I will definitely make this again. Next time I may add walnuts or sun dried tomatoes."

Reviewed Jul. 13, 2010

"I added Broccoli and Sundried tomatoes to this and it did not last long. Will absolutely make this again and again."

Reviewed Jun. 30, 2010

"I made this for my family at home then took it over to my mom's house then my grandmother's house. They all love it and keep asking when I'll make it again. It's a super easy recipe and only really used one pot. I LOVE this dish!"

Reviewed Jun. 26, 2010

"Loved it! Bacon kind of disappeared so I would leave it in bigger crumbles next time. I added diced red pepper and zucchini to the recipe for added veggies. I also made about twice as much sauce, guess it's not really makeover then but it was really good!"

Reviewed Jun. 22, 2010

"My husband, picky 5 year old and I loved this recipe! In fact, my husband asked for it twice in one week. It is definitely a keeper. Going in my recipe book now."

Reviewed Jun. 7, 2010

"It didn't have a lot of flavor. Not a favorite."

Reviewed May. 24, 2010

"We loved this. I made it with rotini and as another reviewer said, it soaked up all the sauce. I will double the sauce ingredients next time. I will also use Parmesan instead of mozzarella in the sauce which stuck to the bottom of the pan. great recipe, just needs tweaking."

Reviewed May. 14, 2010

"My husband loved this. Next time I would use a smaller pasta as the rigatoni I used soaked up all the sauce. Also, I roasted the aspargus in the oven while I was making the sauce so I didn't have to mess with the ice water."

Reviewed Apr. 14, 2010

"Loved this! I used whole wheat pasta and fat free half-and-half. I also used frozen steam in the bag asparagus, which cut down on the prep time."

Reviewed Apr. 14, 2010

"Made this for a potluck and everyone could not get enough of it....cannot wait to make this again but think I will use shrimp instead of bacon THANK You for the great recipe"

Reviewed Mar. 29, 2010

"This is excellent. My whole family loved it. I added a few sliced mushrooms which made it even better."

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Wine Pairings

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.