Bacon & Asparagus Protein Pasta

While suddenly hit with a pasta craving late Sunday night, I decided to make a twist on my favorite dish, resulting in this asparagus and bacon protein plus pasta with fresh shaved parmesan. This whole recipe took about 20 minutes from start to finish, which is perfect for the busy mom or in my case lazy millennial suffering from the Sunday blues.

Remember, you don’t have to give up your favorite foods to live a healthier life.  It’s all about better choices and balance!

Full Recipe Below…

 

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Servings: 4     F|7  C|53  P|16

Ingredients:

1/2 Package Barilla Protein Plus Pasta

2 Slices of Bacon

1 1/2 Cups Diced Asparagus (ends removed)

Fresh Shaved Parmesan

Grated Parmesan Cheese (optional)

2 Cloves Minced Garlic

1 Tbsp Olive Oil

Instructions: Cook bacon until crisp.  Remove from pan and place on paper towel to absorb grease. Wipe pan clean and sauté asparagus with olive oil, adding in the garlic about half way through, until tender. I like my asparagus to have a crunch so I only cooked it for about 5-7 minutes. While bacon and vegetables cook- boil water and cook pasta until al dente (11 minutes). Toss in cooked pasta into pan with asparagus and mix in chopped bacon and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil. Sprinkle cheese on top and enjoy!

Meal Planning Tip- Fry or poach an egg and put on top of leftovers for added protein!

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