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Garlic Butter Pasta with Bacon and Asparagus

Garlic Butter Pasta with Bacon Asparagus is 100% simple and delicious! It's a family-friendly spaghetti with garlic butter sauce and Parmesan cheese, topped with pan-fried crispy bacon and crunchy asparagus. Garlic butter bacon pasta is a one-pot meal and hearty, healthy 30 minute dinner.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: 30 minute dinner, bacon wrapped
Servings: 6
Calories: 717kcal
Author: Kristina


  • 2 lbs spaghetti
  • ½ lb asparagus
  • ½ cup butter
  • 10 garlic cloves
  • 10 slices of bacon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese
  • red pepper flakes


  • Bring salted water to a boil. Add 1 tablespoon oil and cook spaghetti according to package, reserving pasta water for use in sauce.
  • In a large pan, add enough oil to coat the bottom, Cook asparagus on medium heat for 3 minutes per side. Remove from pan.
  • Add bacon to pan and cook until crispy. Remove from pan.
  • Drain grease. Scrape leftover bacon bits from bottom of pan, but leave in the pan for the sauce. Add butter and melt over medium heat. Add minced garlic and cook 2 minutes. Add salt and pepper. Stir and remove from heat.
  • Add 2 cups of pasta water to pan and stir. Add cheese ¼ cup at a time, whisking constantly to incorporate.
  • Break bacon into tiny bits. Toss bacon bits and sauce with spaghetti.
  • Serve, topped with asparagus and red pepper flakes.


Serving: 6ounces | Calories: 717kcal | Carbohydrates: 118g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 915mg | Potassium: 543mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 449IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 270mg | Iron: 3mg