Creamy pasta loaded with crisp bacon and fresh asparagus. This Rigatoni with Bacon and Asparagus is the perfect weeknight meal. Fast and Easy.

This creamy pasta is a perfect weeknight meal, but is elegant enough to be served for any occasion. It is a real family favorite.

Rigatoni with Bacon and Asparagus

Why We Love This Rigatoni with Bacon and Asparagus

  • Easy, and uses easy to find ingredients
  • Fast Prep and Cooking – means meal on the table in no time at all
  • Bacon? Enough said! 
  • It’s a comfort meal, while still being incredibly elegant for any occasion.
Rigatoni with Bacon and Asparagus

Every month I used to get so excited for The Secret Recipe Club assignments. This recipe was from one of the members of the SRC who no longer blogs.

The SRC was an awesome group of foodies/recipe lovers, who were assigned a different blog each month.

The blog was kept secret from the rest of the group until reveal day. 

During the month, you were to choose a recipe from the blog to create during the month, make it and then at the end reveal which blog you had and which recipe you chose on a certain date each month. 

When choosing my recipe for this reveal, it was the asparagus that actually caught my eye.

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.

They really add something special to this Rigatoni with Bacon and Asparagus.

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! Is there really anything better than adding savory bacon tho this Rigatoni with Bacon and Asparagus?

Rigatoni with Bacon and Asparagus

I absolutely love this dish: Rigatoni with Bacon and Asparagus was the perfect pick for Secret Recipe Club this month.

What did you make this month? Any other asparagus recipes or bacon recipes out there? I’m looking for even more.

I have another fantastic pasta recipe you might love too… Baked Rigatoni with Bechamel Sauce and Garlic Sauteed Spinach.

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!

Rigatoni with Bacon and Asparagus

Are you ready to make some Rigatoni with Bacon and Asparagus?

Rigatoni with Bacon and Asparagus

Rigatoni with Bacon and Asparagus

Nicole Cook
A wonderful Taste of Home inspired Healthy Cooking Recipe!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings
Calories 413 kcal


  • 8 ounces rigatoni
  • 1 pounds fresh asparagus trimmed and coarsely chopped
  • 8 strips bacon
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • cup half and half
  • ½ cup mozzarella cheese shredded
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup parmigiano-reggiano cheese grated
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley


  • Boil your water.
  • Follow package directions for cooking Rigatoni. Drain Pasta.
  • In a dutch oven, bring 2 cups of water to a boil and add asparagus; cover and boil for 3 minutes.
  • Drain and immediately place asparagus in ice water. Drain and pat dry. Chop into small pieces. Set aside.
  • In same pan, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp.
  • Remove the bacon to paper towels to drain. Crumble bacon and set aside.
  • 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.
  • Stir in mozzarella until melted. Drain rigatoni; add to pan. Stir in the salt, asparagus and reserved bacon.
  • Sprinkle with parmigiano-reggiano cheese and parsley.
  • Eat & Enjoy! The only thing I changed is that we substituted Oregano for the Parsley. This was absolutely DELICIOUS!!!!


Calories: 413kcalCarbohydrates: 33gProtein: 15gFat: 25gSaturated Fat: 11gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 49mgSodium: 565mgPotassium: 359mgFiber: 3gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 1100IUVitamin C: 8mgCalcium: 158mgIron: 2mg
Keyword easy pasta dishes
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  1. How thoughtful of you to jump in last minute! This looks like a recipe my family would like, too. You pictures are great!

    1. Thanks ladies!! I hope you’ll come back and visit me again on Monday on my Group B reveal day! 🙂
      And let me just tell you, I got lucky! We had a FABU dinner last night – it was SO yummy!!!

  2. 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. Can never go wrong with bacon! The addition of bacon and garlic never hurt either, this looks extremely tasty,I will have to try it

  4. You not only did a last minute emergency post, but got step by step images as well. Great job! The pasta looks wonderful.

  5. 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!


  6. 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 🙂

  7. 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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