Rigatoni with Bacon and Asparagus

A great dish to add to your asparagus recipes.

Rigatoni with Bacon and Asparagus

Rigatoni with Bacon and Asparagus

Every month I get so excited for The Secret Recipe Club assignments. The SRC is an awesome group of foodies/recipe lovers, who are assigned a different blog each month. You keep the blog a secret until reveal day. You choose a recipe from the blog to create during the month and then reveal which blog you had and which recipe you chose on a certain date each month. My posting date for my group this month is actually the 22nd.

I got an email today, requesting a volunteer to take a second blog, and I jumped at the chance. As ridiculous as it sounds, I’d do this every week if I could.  Someone dropped out and there was an emergency need for someone to prepare something from this blog. When I clicked on the link to get to the blog, I was SO excited. Recipe after recipe of the exact types of food I feed my family. It was VERY hard to choose something, she had so many delicious recipes for the making. But alas, I chose the Rigatoni with Bacon and Asparagus, because I knew my kids would love it, and I’m going through an asparagus recipes kick right now much the same way she mentions going through. And hello? Did you see – it has BACON! Bacon recipes are amazing and make everything better.

At any rate, it was the asparagus that caught my eye because I am a sucker for any dish I can add to my collection of asparagus recipes. Such a healthy veggie that is so good prepared in pasta dishes and I love the fact that they are not cooked to be too soft, but still have a little crunch to them.

And bacon recipes. Did I mention them? I love bacon… I’m always surprised when I find the rare person who doesn’t really like bacon. What? Bacon recipes are so good! Anyway!

My emergency blog for Group A is: Connor’s Cooking

A special little thank you to Amanda, for hosting such an amazing club, getting together such a great group of food lovers and for allowing me to cook off Connor’s Cooking blog this month, because I think I will be a long time follower!

And a really special thank you to Connor’s Cooking giving me an excellent dish to add to my collection of asparagus recipes.

Rigatoni with Bacon and Asparagus
 
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A wonderful Taste of Home inspired Healthy Cooking Recipe!
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Recipe type: Pasta
Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
  • 1 package rigatoni or large tube pasta
  • 1 pound fresh asparagus, trimmed and coarsely chopped
  • 8 bacon strips
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ⅔ cup half and half
  • ½ cup shredded part skim mozzarella cheese
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup grated parmigiano-reggiano cheese
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley
Instructions
  1. Boil your water.
  2. Follow package directions for cooking Rigatoni. Drain Pasta.
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  4. In a dutch oven, bring 2 cups of water to a boil and add asparagus; cover and boil for 3 minutes.
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  6. Drain and immediately place asparagus in ice water. Drain and pat dry. Chop into small pieces. Set aside.
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  8. In same pan, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp.
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  10. Remove the bacon to paper towels to drain. Crumble bacon and set aside.
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  12. Saute garlic in butter and oil until tender. Stir in the cream. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered for 3-4 minutes or until slightly thickened.
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  14. Stir in mozzarella until melted. Drain rigatoni; add to pan. Stir in the salt, asparagus and reserved bacon.
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  16. Sprinkle with parmigiano-reggiano cheese and parsley.
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  18. Eat & Enjoy! The only thing I changed is that we substituted Oregano for the Parsley. This was absolutely DELICIOUS!!!!

I absolutely love this dish: Rigatoni with Bacon and Asparagus was the perfect pick for Secret Recipe Club this month. What did you make? Any other asparagus recipes or bacon recipes out there?

Update: I added two dishes from this group to my bacon recipes collection. Be sure and check out the great recipes in this week’s reveal!

 

Comments

  1. Vivian thiele says

    How thoughtful of you to jump in last minute! This looks like a recipe my family would like, too. You pictures are great!

  2. says

    You are the hero of the hour for doing this. I can’t pick and whip out a recipe on such short notice.

    I also wanted to say that I tried posting this comment from my iPhone but the copy/paste anti-span feature did not show up so it would not let me publish. Keep in mind that this feature appears to block out smartphone users from making comments on your blog.

  3. says

    Thanks for jumping in so fast to volunteer for my blog! This was a favorite of mine too… I find so many awesome dishes from TOH!

    Raina

  4. cooking rookie says

    So nice of you to step in at the last moment! But I bet having this riganoti was an adequate reward – such a wonderful flavorful dish :-)

  5. says

    Good for you for jumping in for a second challenge.

    I have just learned to LOVe asparagus and so am looking for new ways to fix. And with BACON!! Perfect.

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