Roasted asparagus, pancetta & cherry tomato pasta

Roasted asparagus, pancetta & cherry tomato pasta

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(45 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
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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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graziekk
10th May, 2009
3.05
sound good... and yet its easy =D
getmacca
7th May, 2009
4.05
Very very nice. My partner doesn't eat pork, so I changed the pancetta for smoked salmon. Tasted great!
katyrouth
6th May, 2009
5.05
Delicious, quick, and easy! I often roast asparagus/tomatoes/bacon to make a salad, but had never thought of combining them with pasta. Couldn't get hold of pancetta so used parma ham but still lovely.
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jburton
6th May, 2009
5.05
Sounds lovely, will be trying this..x

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