David and I always go through the “what’s for dinner?” text at around 3 or 4 o’clock almost every day. This typically plays out as one of us suggesting what we are craving and the other agreeing or suggesting something better (usually me, just saying). David makes a stop at the grocery store to pick up the ingredients and I cook it up when he gets home. Because teamwork makes the dreamwork. And speaking of dreams… that is what this quick and easy pasta recipe is made of!
The pasta dish is the perfect blend of melty parmesan cheese with my favorite summer veggies and duh, bacon of course! I added a generous amount of pepper and also butter for a cacio e pepe vibe and the result was perfection.
Best of all, this dish literally took 15 minutes to cook and can be customized for a party of one or a family of 4. All you need to do is adjust by dividing in half or one-fourth of the serving sizes below.
It’s time for a summer pasta party in your mouth!
1 box pasta of choice. I chose pasta spirals, but imagine it would be good with fettuccine, rigatoni or orecchiette.
1 bunch asparagus, chopped into small pieces
1 cup frozen sweet corn
1/2 stick of grass-fed butter
1/2 cup to 3/4 cup of shredded parmesan cheese
1 packet of nitrate-free and sugar-free organic bacon
Salt and pepper to season
Cook pasta according to instructions on the box. Use a large heavy bottom pan. While the pasta is cooking, make the bacon in a cast iron skillet. 2 minutes before the pasta is done cooking, add in the corn and the asparagus. Drain the pasta with the veggies and reserve about 1/2 cup of pasta water. Add the pasta and veggies back into the pan with a splash of the pasta water. add in the butter and stir in to melt. Add in 1/2 cup of parmesan cheese and stir to melt. Chop up the cooked bacon and add to the pasta. Add a generous serving of black pepper and a good sprinkle of salt. Stir until everything is combined. Scoop into bowls and sprinkle with the remaining parmesan cheese and DIG IN!