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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

Ingredients

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

Directions

  • 1. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  • 2. Meanwhile, in a Dutch oven, bring 2 cups water to a boil. Add asparagus; cover and boil for 3 minutes. Drain and immediately place asparagus in ice water. Drain and pat dry.
  • 3. In the same pan, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Remove to paper towels to drain. Crumble bacon and set aside. Saute garlic in butter and oil for 1 minute. Stir in cream. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 3-4 minutes or until slightly thickened.
  • 4. Stir in mozzarella cheese until melted. Drain pasta; add to pan. Stir in the salt, asparagus, parsley and reserved bacon. Sprinkle with pepper and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese. Yield: 8 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1-1/4 cups equals 345 calories, 13 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 32 mg cholesterol, 428 mg sodium, 44 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 15 g protein.

Wine Pairings

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

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