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
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  • 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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22nd May, 2012
Simple yet very tasty; we loved it!
25th Apr, 2012
Really easy and very tasty.
21st Apr, 2012
made this for the mother and i last night for tea and it was so so yummy we loved it!
10th Mar, 2012
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.
11th Dec, 2011
surprisingly delicious! The ingredients are simple, but create what i felt was a very good dinner. i will definately make this again.
29th Aug, 2011
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.
25th Aug, 2011
For something so simple, this is surprisingly delicious! Enjoyed every mouthful. :)
11th Jul, 2011
Tasty and easy
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18th Apr, 2011
Deceptively cheeky. Sneaks up on you in the most delightful way. Mary you are a superstar.
16th Mar, 2011
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.


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