Asparagus Penne with Bacon Cream Sauce for #SundaySupper #ChooseDreams

Posted by on May 25, 2014 in Recipe, SundaySupper | 32 comments

The birds are chirping and we finally have green… green grass, green leaves and my favorite part green in my garden. This past winter was incredibly long. I was beginning to believe Spring was never going to come knocking on our door.

To help with Spring fever in our Michigan home, we go through seed catalogs. The bright pictures and colorful names of plants are just what is needed in the final grips of winter. My children love to pick out different seeds to try. This year’s bounty will include Cherokee Purple, Brandywine and Black Krim tomatoes. How can those names not inspire the would be gardener?!

Look at this Helper

Look at this Helper, my nephew

When the packets arrive in the mail, we set to work. Little pots begin to cover our window sills. We do not have a greenhouse and in our zone, seeds need to start well before the ground thaws. To do this, we start the seeds  in pots and then cover the pots with clear plastic baggies from the store. Yes, the sandwich style variety. They work like a charm. Voila, indoor green house.  I poke just a little hole or two at the top for air flow. The baggies are wonderful at creating a warm humid environment for seeds to germinate and sprout. My boys love to check to see when the first bits of green will pop up. Sometimes, to keep them engaged, we take bets on which will sprout first. Winner gets to pick dessert one night. This year, our Basil was the first to sprout… and one boy earned us all ice cream sundaes. Win Win situation in my books.

Homemade Greenhouse

Seeds represent hope, dreams of the future. They are the beginning steps to new lifestyles, healthy living, even just a promise to stop and smell the roses now and then, so to speak. Seeds are tiny little packages that help teach responsibility, patience and persistence. You have to wait weeks, months even for those tiny little seeds to bear fruit.  One must take care of them, water, sun, weeding… all those chores add up and are an investment in what is to come. Even in the heat of summer, being persistent pays off and you are rewarded with healthy foods for your family. These life lessons are so important. Having dreams is wonderful. Being inspired is great. Taking the next step, and pursuing those dreams is even greater. Go For It! Just go for it. Don’t be afraid to try, jump into life and if you fail at something, learn from it. Failures lead to great learning.


Through the winter, my family started seeds and just recently some of those have given us fruit. Today, I am sharing a recipe for a simple pasta dish. It uses asparagus from my garden as well as herbs that we grow ourselves.

Asparagus Penne with Bacon Cream Sauce


  • 1lb Penne Pasta
  • 1 bunch Asparagus (woody ends chopped off and cut into 1 inch pieces)
  • 5 pieces Thick Cut Bacon
  • 1/2 cup Half and Half
  • 1/4 cup Scallions (finely chopped)
  • 4 Tarragon Leaves (finely chopped)
  • 1 pinch Salt
  • 1 pinch Fresh Cracked Black Pepper
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • Parsley (garnish)
  • Parmesan Cheese (garnish)


Step 1
I use a Cast Iron Skillet for this dish. First, fry your bacon and reserve the drippings.
Step 2
Bacon Asparagus
Crumble the bacon back into the drippings (roughly 2 tbsp) and add in your cut asparagus. I cut the spears into 1 inch pieces. Saute them in the drippings.
Step 3
Once the asparagus has began to soften, add in the half and half and the tarragon. Mix Well.
Step 4
Simmer until your sauce thickens. Boil your pasta.
Step 5
Add salt, pepper, scallions and butter to sauce. Stir
Step 6
Add your cooked pasta to the skillet and allow to finish in the sauce for a minute or two.
Step 7
Serve warm with a sprinkle of Parsley and perhaps some fresh grated Parmesan cheese.

Pasta with Bacon Cream Sauce


American Family Insurance is asking us to #ChooseDreams. Such a wonderful concept! What is it that you dream of? Planting a garden? Traveling? Trying new things? Raising a family? Going to school? Whatever it is, just go for it. Take that chance in life.  American Family Insurance has set up a Pinterest board to help inspire you with recipes from the garden:


For even more great things from American Family Insurance and the #ChooseDreams Campaign follow along with social media:









The Sunday Supper Movement team is so proud and excited to have partnered with American Family Insurance this week, to present our Recipes from the Garden!  Thank you American Family Insurance for #ChooseDreams and inspiring these recipes!

Sunday Supper Movement

Need more ideas?  Check out The #ChooseDreams Pintrest board for more recipes in the garden ideas!  Just go here!

Also, for even more fun… Dennis from Culinary Journey, Isabel from Family Foodie and Our #SundaySupper host this week , Jennifer of Peanut Butter and Peppers will be hosting a live chat to discuss Recipes from the Garden on Wednesday, May 28th at 5pm (CST).  It would be awesome if you stopped in.  Chef Dennis and Isabel will be doing a live cooking demo and there will be tips and more.  So stop by and check it out, we would love for you to come.  You can go here!   



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Pasta Bacon Cream

This post is sponsored by American Family Insurance. All opinions are my own.


  1. 5-25-2014

    Oh my gosh! Your bacon cream sauce just sounds amazing!! Actually your whole dish sounds amazing! Simply perfect!!

  2. 5-25-2014

    I’ve been gardening for almost 50 years and I’m still amazed at how seeds like tomatoes turn into fruit bearing plants! Your creamy pasta dish sounds like a great Sunday supper!

    • 5-25-2014

      Isn’t it amazing?! Now, if only I was as good at growing flowers as I am veggies. My yard would be perfect lol

  3. 5-25-2014

    I love that idea of using the plastic bags for growing the seeds. And what a lovely pasta too.

    • 5-25-2014

      They may look funny to guests, but I swear they really do produce the same effect as a hoop house or greenhouse. But on your windowsill :)

  4. 5-25-2014

    What a dreamy pasta dish!!! And you are SO lucky to have fresh garden asparagus!

    • 5-25-2014

      Thank you! This was my first year that I got to harvest some of the asparagus. But, I am told that it will produce now for around 8-10 years. Fingers crossed! lol

  5. 5-25-2014

    What a great tradition! And a fabulous recipe!

  6. 5-25-2014

    It is rare that I actually have all the ingredients to make a dish. I think I need to give this a try today! Looks awesome.

  7. 5-25-2014

    This recipe looks amazing. My kids would love it. Great tip on using the plastic bags!

  8. 5-25-2014

    I still don’t think Spring has arrived here! I love your garden and tips however I love this dish even more!

  9. 5-25-2014

    You had me at bacon! mmmmm!

  10. 5-25-2014

    This looks absolutely delicious!!

  11. 5-25-2014

    Wow! The sandwich bag method is a great trick! I have yet to try starting seeds from indoors, but you make it look much more simple than I ever imagined!

  12. 5-25-2014

    Adore your baggie method of creating a greenhouse! Brilliant!

  13. 5-25-2014

    Beautiful, decadent, delicious garden recipe idea. Love it.

  14. 5-25-2014

    This is so much delicious going on in this dish from the asparagus to the bacon cream sauce…yum!!

  15. 5-25-2014

    Fresh asparagus is one of the best things about summer, and it goes so well in your pasta dish!

  16. 5-25-2014

    Asparagus + Bacon + Pasta = HEAVEN!!!

  17. 5-25-2014

    This entire dish sounds amazing! The bacon, the asparagus, the pasta! I love your tips too.

  18. 5-25-2014

    Bacon Cream Sauce with fresh herbs sounds delicious!

  19. 5-26-2014

    You are a beautiful writer my friend. Also a talented chef.

  20. 5-27-2014

    Love the plastic bag tip!! This recipe sounds so gooood! I look forward to trying it. Pinning!

  21. 5-29-2014

    Asparagus with penne — what could be better for dinner!

  22. 6-16-2014

    I’m obsessed with asparagus lately and this sounds like the perfect dish for it! So cool that you have a garden!


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