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Asparagus Carbonara

Rated as 4.2 out of 5 Stars

"When spring arrives and asparagus is in abundance, be sure to include some in this lighter, fresher version of carbonara."
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35 m servings 372
Original recipe yields 4 servings


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  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook spaghetti in the boiling water, stirring occasionally, until tender yet firm to the bite, about 12 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, heat a large skillet over medium-low heat and cook bacon until browned, stirring occasionally, 5 to 6 minutes. Transfer bacon to a paper-towel lined plate using a slotted spoon. Remove all but 1 tablespoon bacon fat from the skillet.
  3. Add asparagus to the skillet and cook in the bacon fat until asparagus begins to brown, about 3 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Transfer asparagus and garlic to the plate with the bacon.
  4. Reserve 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese for garnish. Whisk together remaining Parmesan cheese, egg yolks, Greek yogurt, salt, and pepper in a small bowl.
  5. Drain spaghetti, setting aside about 3/4 cup of the cooking water, and return spaghetti to the pot. Stir in egg yolk mixture and toss for 1 minute until evenly coated. Return the pot back to low heat and cook, adjusting consistency with reserved cooking water if necessary, 1 to 2 minutes.
  6. Turn off heat, pour in half-and-half, and stir well. Mix in bacon and asparagus. Garnish with reserved Parmesan cheese and chopped parsley. Serve immediately.


  • Cook's Note:
  • If you prefer, feel free to substitute Pecorino Romano for Parmesan cheese.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 372 calories; 11 47.2 20.4 173 434 Full nutrition

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Added More half-and-half and butter for creamier Taste.

This recipe had me at Greek yogurt. The only change I made was to use Sea Shell pasta since I didn't have spaghetti. I love the tang from the yogurt, which really goes well with the fresh parsle...

Yummy! I added garlic powder and onion powder to the yogurt mix and its delicious!

This might be 4 stars but I didn't use bacon since we don't eat it. Also I did not have plain yogurt so I tried using sour cream which was ok when it was first done but after a while not as good...

a nice meal