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Rigatoni with Bacon and Asparagus

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

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?

A special little thank you to Amanda, for hosting such an amazing club, getting together such a great group of food lovers. 

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!

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

Rigatoni with Bacon and Asparagus

Rigatoni with Bacon and Asparagus

Yield: 4 -6
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

A wonderful Taste of Home inspired Healthy Cooking Recipe!

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.
  3. In a dutch oven, bring 2 cups of water to a boil and add asparagus; cover and boil for 3 minutes.
  4. Drain and immediately place asparagus in ice water. Drain and pat dry. Chop into small pieces. Set aside.
  5. In same pan, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp.
  6. Remove the bacon to paper towels to drain. Crumble bacon and set aside.
  7. 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.
  8. Stir in mozzarella until melted. Drain rigatoni; add to pan. Stir in the salt, asparagus and reserved bacon.
  9. Sprinkle with parmigiano-reggiano cheese and parsley.
  10. Eat & Enjoy! The only thing I changed is that we substituted Oregano for the Parsley. This was absolutely DELICIOUS!!!!

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Anne @ Quick and Easy Cheap and Healthy

Monday 29th of August 2011

Can't go wrong with pasta and bacon!

Margaret

Friday 19th of August 2011

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.

Taylor

Friday 19th of August 2011

Did you say bacon?? And pasta?? I'm in! That was so great of you to come to the rescue as a sub!

Rhonda

Thursday 18th of August 2011

It's so great that you stepped up to help out SRC. The rigatoni was a great choice, it looks spectacular (I am a sucker for pasta).

Tamarah@Home&Pantry

Thursday 18th of August 2011

Ths looks delish!!! Please come share this recipe at my Recipe Swap at http://homeandpantry.blogspot.com/2011/08/healthy-salmon-cakes-with-greek-salad.html

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