A delicious pasta dish with bacon, spinach, asparagus and a hint of lemony goodness. The sauce is Alfredo but it's almost unrecognizable. This is one of my 5-year-old's favorite suppers.

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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place bacon in a large skillet and cook over medium-high heat, stirring often, until evenly browned, about 10 minutes. Remove bacon with a slotted spoon and drain on a paper towel-lined plate. Reserve 1/4 cup of bacon drippings in the skillet.

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  • Place asparagus, spinach, and garlic into the skillet with the bacon drippings; cook and stir over medium heat until the asparagus is tender, 8 to 10 minutes.

  • Sprinkle in lemon zest and toss to combine; thoroughly mix in bacon and Alfredo sauce. Reduce heat to medium-low and bring sauce to a simmer.

  • Fill a large pot with lightly salted water and bring to a rolling boil. Stir in rotini and return to a boil. Cook uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the pasta has cooked through but is still slightly firm, about 8 minutes. Drain well.

  • Transfer the rotini to a serving bowl and top with Alfredo sauce mixture.

  • Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese to serve.

Cook's Note:

Lemon pepper can be used instead of lemon zest.

Nutrition Facts

548.3 calories; protein 17.9g 36% DV; carbohydrates 49.2g 16% DV; fat 31.8g 49% DV; cholesterol 46.6mg 16% DV; sodium 931.9mg 37% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
10/06/2014
I didn't have asparagus either so like previous poster I used peas and also added broccoli which was delicious. I used an alfredo sauce from a package which only made a cup and it disappeared into the pasta when I mixed it (see picture) but the flavour was still fantastic. My family loved the slight lemony taste it wasn't overpowering but it was a departure from the usual alfredo I make. I also used linguine cause I didn't have rotini would have been better with rotini. Oh I only gave four stars cause I think it would be improved with fresh spinach instead of frozen for real spinach lovers. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/28/2014
I've made this twice now. I used Oliveri's alfredo sauce from safeway and it was fantastic. The second time I didn't have any asparagus so I used frozen peas and just sort of cooked them till the spinach was wilted. It was delicious and everyone in my family liked it. Looked fancy! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/06/2014
I didn't have asparagus either so like previous poster I used peas and also added broccoli which was delicious. I used an alfredo sauce from a package which only made a cup and it disappeared into the pasta when I mixed it (see picture) but the flavour was still fantastic. My family loved the slight lemony taste it wasn't overpowering but it was a departure from the usual alfredo I make. I also used linguine cause I didn't have rotini would have been better with rotini. Oh I only gave four stars cause I think it would be improved with fresh spinach instead of frozen for real spinach lovers. Read More
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