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Makeover Rigatoni with Bacon and Asparagus

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. Cook: 20 min.

Makes

8 servings

Wouldn’t it be great to find a company-worthy dish that not only impresses with its taste, but with its nutrition numbers, too? This dish lives up to expectations. —Joanie Fuson, Indianapolis, Indiana
Makeover Rigatoni with Bacon and Asparagus Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Ingredients

  • 1 pound fresh asparagus, trimmed and coarsely chopped
  • 1 package (16 ounces) rigatoni
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2/3 cup half-and-half cream
  • 1/2 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 8 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

Directions

  1. Fill a 6-qt. stockpot 3/4 full with water; bring to a boil. Add asparagus; cook, uncovered, 3 minutes or until tender. Remove with a slotted spoon and immediately drop into ice water. Drain and pat dry.
  2. Return water to a boil; cook rigatoni according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, heat butter and oil over medium-high heat. Add garlic; cook and stir 1 minute. Stir in cream. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 3-4 minutes or until slightly thickened. Stir in mozzarella cheese until melted.
  3. Drain rigatoni; return to pan. Stir in asparagus, bacon, parsley, salt, pepper and cream sauce. Sprinkle with Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese.

Nutrition Facts

1-1/4 cups: 345 calories, 13g fat (6g saturated fat), 32mg cholesterol, 428mg sodium, 44g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 2g fiber), 15g protein.

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