Asparagus & Bacon Penne

Remember King’s Asparagus? We know from that meal that bacon and asparagus are a match made in heaven. Now, we’re gonna have it with pasta.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 2 streaks of smoked bacon, cut up into one-inch bits
  • 3 large stalks of asparagus, sliced in half lengthways (Don’t be like me and forget to buy asparagus. I used dwarf beans instead. I am ashamed.)
  • a quarter of a yellow pepper cut into bite sized pieces
  • 2 handfuls of quick-cook penne
  • 1 tsp of vegetable oil
  • 1 small small knob of butter
  • Cheddar, finely grated
  • dried basil
  • dried oregano
  • sea salt, freshly ground
  • black pepper, freshly ground
  • chilli, minced (optional)

Here’s how you do it:

  1. Get the pasta cooking in a pot of boiling water.
  2. In a hot skillet with vegetable oil, toss in the bacon to render the fat out.
  3. Then, in goes the butter, garlic and asparagus.
  4. If you like spice, now’s the time to toss in the chilli.
  5. Fry till bacon browns and asparagus wilts slightly.
  6. Welcome the Aroma Fairies into your kitchen, they’ve missed you sorely.
  7. Season with basil, oregano, salt and pepper.
  8. Drain the pasta and mix it altogether in the skillet.
  9. Add more salt if necessary.
  10. Serve with an abundance of shaved Cheddar atop.
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