Roasted asparagus, pancetta & cherry tomato pasta

Roasted asparagus, pancetta & cherry tomato pasta

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
(37 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 15 mins

Easy

Serves 4
A little asparagus goes a long way in this seasonal supper dish

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal520
  • fat15g
  • saturates4g
  • carbs80g
  • sugars6g
  • fibre5g
  • protein22g
  • salt0.82g
Save to My Good Food
Please sign in or register to save recipes.

Ingredients

  • 400g penne
  • 500g bunch asparagus, each spear trimmed and cut into 3 pieces
    Asparagus

    Asparagus

    a-spa-ra-gus

    Labour-intensive to grow, asparagus are the young shoots of a cultivated lily plant. They're…

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 6 slices pancetta, snipped into pieces
    Pancetta

    Pancetta

    pan-chet-ah

    Pancetta is Italian cured pork belly - the equivalent of streaky bacon. It has a deep, strong,…

  • 200g cherry tomatoes, halved
  • good handful basil leaves
  • grated Parmesan, to serve
    Parmesan

    Parmesan

    parm-ee-zan

    Parmesan is a straw-coloured hard cheese with a natural yellow rind and rich, fruity flavour. It…

Method

  1. Heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Boil the pasta in salted water. Put the asparagus into a roasting tin, then toss with the oil and pancetta. Roast for 10 mins until the pancetta starts to crisp up, stir in the tomatoes, then cook for 5 mins more.

  2. Drain the pasta, then add to the roasting tin along with the torn basil leaves and seasoning. Stir well until everything is glistening, then serve in bowls, scattered with grated Parmesan.

Ads by Google

Comments, questions and tips

Sign in or create your My Good Food account to join the discussion.

Comments (30)

JanieMT's picture
5

So easy and always goes down well for a midweek dinner. I often stir in a couple of teaspoons of tomato pesto before serving.

Blacey85's picture
5

Perfect, added chicken to mine. Tastes delicious!!

saffij's picture
5

Absolutely fantastic. So simple! Enjoyed by ages 2-41 at my house. Used home grown cherry toms as I was drowning in them and it was amazing. Will become a firm fave, although next time I will add more pancetta.

claire3t's picture
5

Cooked it as is- lovely and fresh; and easy! Highly recommend.

williamjrkelly's picture

I tried it on Friday evening; when I had a few of my friends round for dinner. They loved it. It was ever so tasty (I used more tomatoes than the recipe called for - about 300 gms). It is also the easiest pasta dish you could ever cook.

princessfalula's picture
5

Really quick to make and very tasty! I added red onion at the start of the roasting process and finished off with some rocket before I mixed it all together. Will definitely be making this again! :)

petergrace's picture
5

Simple yet very tasty; we loved it!

becky_parker's picture
4

Really easy and very tasty.

leanne115's picture
5

made this for the mother and i last night for tea and it was so so yummy we loved it!

amydavis7's picture
5

This was so easy to make and so tasty. We had never roasted asparagus before - what a delicious flavour and texture this gives. I used whole wheat penne. I couldn't find slices of pancetta, so I used little cubes of it instead, and it was really good this way.

evanshayleyleanne's picture
5

surprisingly delicious! The ingredients are simple, but create what i felt was a very good dinner. i will definately make this again.

lmillington's picture
4

Really quick and easy for during the week and very tasty. You can add whatever you want really - I had some brocolli left so cooked that in the water with the pasta. Also added some red pepper to the roasting tin. Didn't have basil and was going to mix a bit of pesto with olive oil and drizzle over until I realised the pesto was off, but even without this it was nice.

hollywoozle's picture
5

For something so simple, this is surprisingly delicious! Enjoyed every mouthful. :)

alisonmurdoch's picture
5

Tasty and easy

menapian's picture
4

Deceptively cheeky. Sneaks up on you in the most delightful way. Mary you are a superstar.

dlsmith82's picture
5

I made this and the whole family absolutely loved it!! Making it again this evening - It's a winner for clean plates and it's a lovely healthy option. I'm planning on adding some garlic to my next batch and green olives.

nutnut2's picture
4

This is one of my favourite pasta recipes as its so tasty and quick for a mid week meal. I half the ingredients as there is only myself and my husband but I still use the 6 slices of pancetta as it gives it extra flavour. Recommend to any pasta lovers who work full time!!

jonana's picture
4

Really tasty and really easy to do. Have made it twice now and used chicken thighs instead of bacon the second time. Delicious!

leleleitao's picture
5

This was very easy and very taste recipe.

pigkate's picture
5

This is a seriously tasty recipe and one I shall use again, substituting asparagus for some other vegetables when they are out of season. I used some really good tomatoes (Sundream but I'm sure any sweet, full-flavoured ones would be equally tasty) and that absolutely made the dish.

Pages

Questions (0)

Unsure about the cooking time or want to swap an ingredient? Ask us your questions and we’ll try and help you as soon as possible. Or if you want to offer a solution to another user’s question, feel free to get involved…

Be the first to ask a question about this recipe…

Tips (0)

Got your own twist on this recipe? Or do you have suggestions for possible swaps and additions? We’d love to hear your ideas.

Be the first to suggest a tip for this recipe…