Flavorful browned butter and tons of asparagus and crispy bacon transform this creamy alfredo penne into a KILLER spring side dish that will quickly become a dinner regular.
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Asparagus Bacon Browned Butter Alfredo Penne

Flavorful browned butter and tons of asparagus and crispy bacon transform this creamy alfredo penne into a KILLER spring side dish that will quickly become a dinner regular.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons white whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1-1/2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 cups asparagus spears, cut into 2-in pieces
  • 6 strips bacon, cooked and diced
  • 8 oz penne pasta, cooked according to package directions
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Additional grated Parmesan and minced fresh parsley for topping

Instructions

  • In a large skillet over medium heat, melt butter swirling pan occasionally until butter is a deep golden brown, about 5 minutes. Add garlic to pan and cook 1 minute until fragrant. Whisk flour into butter until completely smooth.
  • Increase heat to medium-high and slowly pour in cream, whisking constantly. Whisk in milk until sauce is smooth. Bring alredo sauce to a simmer and cook 3-4 minutes until thickened and creamy. Remove from heat and whisk in Parmesan and salt and pepper to taste. Cover sauce and set aside for a moment.
  • In a medium pot, bring a few inches of water to a boil, then blanche asparagus in boiling water 3-4 minutes until fork-tender. Remove from water and add to sauce with bacon and cooked penne and toss to combine.
  • Season alfredo penne with additional salt and pepper to taste and top with additional grated Parmesan and minced parsley. Serve hot and enjoy!