Penne With Asparagus and Mushrooms

READY IN: 30mins
Recipe by Gatorbek

I love this pasta dish in the summer. It is filling without being too heavy, and fresh asparagus in season is the best. This is not meant to have a heavy sauce, just a light cream that's full of flavor to coat the ingredients. Proscuitto or ham may be substituted for the bacon, but you'll probably need to add a tablespoon of butter to saute the onion and mushrooms.

Top Review by Laureen in B.C.

This was just okay for us, thought it could use some garlic and fresh basil. thanks

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a large pot, prepare pasta according to package directions until al dente.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet over medium high heat, brown the bacon for 2 minutes. Add the onions and saute about 5 minutes until the onions are soft.
  3. Add the mushrooms and saute until tender and the liquid evaporates, about 5 minutes more.
  4. Stir in asparagus, chicken broth, and evaporated milk or cream and bring up to a simmer. Add pasta and stir. Cover and simmer for 3-5 minutes, until the asparagus is crisp-tender, but NOT mushy. Serve immediately sprinkled with parmesan cheese and pepper.

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