Roasted asparagus, pancetta & cherry tomato pasta

Roasted asparagus, pancetta & cherry tomato pasta

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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
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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.

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bikerbell
21st Mar, 2017
5.05
Made this last night, and have to agree that it is really tasty. I halved the ingredients all except the pancetta as was only cooking for two of us. This will definitely be a keeper.
Poopanapeach
16th Nov, 2016
5.05
Thank you for this recipe - you deserve a blooming medal. So easy and so simple and so yummy. We make it once a week without fail (great for mid-week cooking when you've just got home from work). Our 2 year old loves it also. Don't be tempted to add garlic to the recipe like me, it doesn't need it at all. Only tweaks I make are that we use wholegrain pasta (orecchiette) and I add a mug of the starchy pasta water to the roasting tin with the pasta at the end (makes a little more sauce).
lizleicester
9th Oct, 2016
5.05
Simple and delicious.
JanieMT
27th Nov, 2015
5.05
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
6th Mar, 2014
5.05
Perfect, added chicken to mine. Tastes delicious!!
saffij
21st Aug, 2013
5.05
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
16th May, 2013
5.05
Cooked it as is- lovely and fresh; and easy! Highly recommend.
williamjrkelly
6th Nov, 2012
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
17th Oct, 2012
5.05
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
22nd May, 2012
5.05
Simple yet very tasty; we loved it!

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