Asparagus Penne with Bacon Cream Sauce

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
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.
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With my Husband, we raise our two sons and a nephew, three dogs, a cat, four chickens and a large garden on my just under an acre lot in a small village in Southeast Michigan. I am passionate about real food, and eating as local as we can without giving up olive oil, coffee, you know the necessities. Herb gardens and backyard chickens, reading, writing, photography are my other passions. I believe that things will work out eventually, the glass is not only half full but it is refillable.