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Asparagus carbonara


Serves: 3-4
timePrep time: 20 mins
timeTotal time:
Asparagus carbonara
Recipe photograph by Tara Fisher

Asparagus carbonara

If a baconless carbonara seems too much of a travesty, chop and fry a few rashers of streaky bacon before adding the garlic to the pan

Serves: 3-4
timePrep time: 20 mins
timeTotal time:

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Nutritional information (per serving)
Calories
540Kcal
Fat
24gr
Saturates
8gr
Carbs
59gr
Sugars
3gr
Fibre
5gr
Protein
26gr
Salt
0.6gr

Alice Hart

Alice Hart

Alice Hart is a Sussex-born food and travel writer, trained chef and food stylist. Her vegetarian recipes are packed with natural ingredients offering feel-good food for all.

See more of Alice Hart’s recipes
Alice Hart

Alice Hart

Alice Hart is a Sussex-born food and travel writer, trained chef and food stylist. Her vegetarian recipes are packed with natural ingredients offering feel-good food for all.

See more of Alice Hart’s recipes

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 5 large eggs, 4 yolks, plus 1 whole egg
  • 100g pecorino cheese, finely grated (or vegetarian alternative)
  • 300g dried penne
  • 250g asparagus, trimmed and cut into 4cm pieces
  • ½ x 28g pack basil, leaves only, shredded
  • 2 tbsp pine nuts, lightly toasted

Step by step

  1. Heat the olive oil in a frying pan over a low heat and gently soften the garlic for a couple of minutes. Set aside.

  2. Whisk together the egg yolks, egg and two-thirds of the grated cheese in a small bowl. Add the garlic and season with lots of black pepper.

  3. Cook the pasta in plenty of salted water, according to pack instructions. Add the asparagus for the last 3 or 4 minutes. Drain, saving half a mugful of the cooking water. Return the pasta and asparagus to the pan and add the egg and cheese mixture, stirring constantly. Add enough of the reserved cooking water – about 4 tablespoons – to create a creamy sauce that coats the pasta; stir in the basil. Scatter with the pine nuts and serve with the remaining cheese.

    Note: this recipe contains raw/partially cooked eggs

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