Roasted asparagus, pancetta & cherry tomato pasta

Roasted asparagus, pancetta & cherry tomato pasta

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Prep: 10 mins Cook: 15 mins


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


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



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


  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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14th Nov, 2018
I love this simple, quick to prepare and delicious recipe. Been making it for a few years now. Sometimes I have used bacon lardons or pancetta lardons instead of strips which I think I prefer as you get a bit more meat in the dish. I have made it for veggie friends without the meat too. I also add mushrooms to this. It is a firm favourite.
21st Mar, 2017
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.
16th Nov, 2016
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).
9th Oct, 2016
Simple and delicious.
27th Nov, 2015
So easy and always goes down well for a midweek dinner. I often stir in a couple of teaspoons of tomato pesto before serving.
6th Mar, 2014
Perfect, added chicken to mine. Tastes delicious!!
21st Aug, 2013
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.
16th May, 2013
Cooked it as is- lovely and fresh; and easy! Highly recommend.
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.
17th Oct, 2012
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! :)


22nd May, 2018
Can I substitute the asparagus for anything. It's very expensive where I live
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24th May, 2018
Thanks for your question. You could try swapping the asparagus for green beans - the results would be slightly different but still very tasty!
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