Penne With Asparagus Sauce

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 25 mins

This is one of my all-time favorites, and anyone who has ever tried it has heartily agreed. It is simple, it is delicious and perfect as a meatless meal. However, if you do feel the need to fill it out some more, the pancetta option works really great, too!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Put water on for pasta; salt when boiled. Cook pasta according to package directions, then drain.
  2. Meanwhile, cut asparagus into 1-inch pieces. Heat butter and olive oil over medium heat, add pancetta (if using) and saute for 3 minutes. Then, add garlic and asparagus pieces and saute for an additional 5-6 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Add tomatoes and their liquid. Bring to a boil, then lower heat and simmer, uncovered, slowly for about 15 minutes. Add Parmesan cheese and stir until well-combined.
  4. Add cream; cook and stir for about 3 minutes.
  5. Pour over cooked pasta and serve. Pass additional Parmesan cheese to taste.
Most Helpful

I really enjoyed this dish! I made for 2 servings but probably 3 servings worth of asparagus since I had a little more than needed left. I liked how easy it was and blended well together; even 1yr old DD liked it! Made for Football Pool 2013-14 Win.

AZPARZYCH October 10, 2013

Made this for lunch today and thought it was tasty. I might actually cut back on the tomatoes a little next time as I thought they overpowered the dish somewhat (e.g., I couldn't detect the 4 cloves of garlic I put in). I thought this dish was easy to prepare. Thanks! Made for ZWT4.

Dr. Jenny June 18, 2008