Roasted asparagus, pancetta & cherry tomato pasta

Roasted asparagus, pancetta & cherry tomato pasta

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Cooking time

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 15 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 4

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

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
520
protein
22g
carbs
80g
fat
15g
saturates
4g
fibre
5g
sugar
6g
salt
0.82g

Ingredients

  • 400g penne
  • 500g bunch asparagus, each spear trimmed and cut into 3 pieces
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 6 slices pancetta, snipped into pieces
  • 200g cherry tomatoes, halved
  • good handful basil leaves
  • grated parmesan, to serve

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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.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, May 2009

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Blacey85's picture
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Perfect, added chicken to mine. Tastes delicious!!

saffij's picture
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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
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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
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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
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Simple yet very tasty; we loved it!

becky_parker's picture
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Really easy and very tasty.

leanne115's picture
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made this for the mother and i last night for tea and it was so so yummy we loved it!

amydavis7's picture
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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
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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
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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
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For something so simple, this is surprisingly delicious! Enjoyed every mouthful. :)

alisonmurdoch's picture
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Tasty and easy

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

dlsmith82's picture
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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
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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
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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
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This was very easy and very taste recipe.

pigkate's picture
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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.

jacquil's picture
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Loved this. Didn't have any basil, and added some single cream at the end as I had some to use up. I think it added an extra richness. Good, simple, recipe.

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