Pasta and Asparagus Carbonara

Pasta and Asparagus Carbonara

Quick and easy to make, this savory pasta dish makes a delicious and satisfying meal. Add chicken or salmon for extra protein.

: Serves 6 (1 serving = 1 cup)  


  • 2 teaspoons canola oil
  • 1 cup fresh onions, diced
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • ¼ cup low-sodium chicken stock
  • 3 cups cooked spiral noodle pasta, cooked al dente (about 1 ½ cups raw)
  • 2 cups fresh asparagus, chopped (about 1” long pieces)
  • 1 teaspoon freshly cracked coarse black pepper
  • ½ cup fresh scallions, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons bacon bits (meatless)
  • 3 tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese

Nutrition Per Serving

Calories304 cal
Total Fat19 g
Saturated Fat10 g
Trans Fat1 g
Cholesterol78 mg
Sodium141 mg
Carbohydrates27 g
Protein9 g
Phosphorus143 mg
Potassium287 mg
Dietary Fiber5.4 g
Calcium95 mg


  1. In a large nonstick sauté pan, over medium-high heat, heat the oil and sauté the onions until lightly browned.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk the egg and the cream until thoroughly mixed.
  3. Lower the heat to medium and pour the cream mixture into the onions, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon until it starts to thicken, about 4­–6 minutes.
  4. Add the stock, pasta, asparagus and black pepper and continue to stir for an additional 3–4 minutes or until warmed through.
  5. Turn off the heat and pour the carbonara into a serving dish. Top with scallions, bacon bits and cheese and serve.