Brown Butter Pasta with Asparagus & Bacon

Brown Butter Pasta with Asparagus & Bacon from thelittlekitchen.net

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Brown Butter Pasta with Asparagus & Bacon from thelittlekitchen.netLast year, I had the wonderful opportunity to visit the Land O’Lakes headquarters and wrote about my experience. I learned that Land O’Lakes employees are passionate about what they do. I love working with them and am even more thrilled that they support Feeding America (helping to bring awareness to hunger in America and helping by donating meals). Please take one minute to pin this recipe on pinterest using the button below. If you don’t have an account, you can sign up for a free account, it takes just a minute!




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Brown Butter Pasta with Asparagus & Bacon from thelittlekitchen.net

For this recipe, I was coming up with a fun spring side dish…and who doesn’t love pasta right? And brown butter? I’m totally obsessed. Seriously. With asparagus and green onions, this feels like spring! You can sub out any vegetables too. To make this a complete meal, serve this pasta with some grilled chicken.

The bacon is totally optional. Of course to make this dish vegetarian, just omit the bacon.

Brown Butter Pasta with Asparagus & Bacon from thelittlekitchen.net

The first thing I do for this recipe is cook the bacon in the microwave and start a pot of salted water and bring it to a boil.

Prep the garlic, green onions and asparagus.

Brown Butter Pasta with Asparagus & Bacon from thelittlekitchen.net

Melt one Land O Lakes® Butter with Olive Oil & Sea Salt in a nonstick skillet. Once it melts, set your timer for 5 minutes. That’s about the amount of time it takes to brown the butter.

Brown Butter Pasta with Asparagus & Bacon from thelittlekitchen.net

Once you see brown particles of butter in your pan, you have brown butter! Turn the heat off and add garlic and mix. Cook for about 30 seconds (you don’t want to burn the garlic!).

Brown Butter Pasta with Asparagus & Bacon from thelittlekitchen.net

There’s the garlic brown butter all done.

Brown Butter Pasta with Asparagus & Bacon from thelittlekitchen.net

Add back 1 Tablespoon of brown butter to the pan and cook the asparagus for 2 minutes.

Brown Butter Pasta with Asparagus & Bacon from thelittlekitchen.net

Add back the rest of the brown butter and add heavy cream. You need just a little bit for this recipe.

Brown Butter Pasta with Asparagus & Bacon from thelittlekitchen.net

All ready to go into the pasta.

Brown Butter Pasta with Asparagus & Bacon from thelittlekitchen.net

Mix really well. And serve with green onions and bacon.

Brown Butter Pasta with Asparagus & Bacon from thelittlekitchen.net

It’s such a simple side dish and tastes amazing! I can’t wait to make this for my Bunko friends soon. I hope you’ll try this recipe soon and take a moment to help us below…

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Brown Butter Pasta with Asparagus & Bacon Recipe

Yield: Serves 4 to 6

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:


  • 4 slices cooked bacon, chopped (optional)

  • 12 ounces uncooked bowtie pasta

  • Land O Lakes® Butter with Olive Oil & Sea Salt  (1/4 cup)

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced

  • 1/2 pound asparagus, washed, trimmed and cut into bite-sized pieces

  • 1 Tablespoon heavy cream

  • 2 green onions, sliced


Directions:


  1. Cook bacon and chop up, if using.

  2. Bring a pot of water with plenty of salt to a boil. Cook pasta according to instructions on the package. Drain pasta and add back to pot.

  3. While the water is boiling, add butter to a nonstick skillet and cook on medium heat until browned, about 5 to 6 minutes. Once the butter is brown, working quickly, turn heat off and add garlic. Cook for 30 seconds. Remove butter and garlic and place in a clean bowl. Set aside.

  4. Add 1 Tablespoon browned butter back to the skillet and turn heat to medium. Add asparagus and cook for 2 minutes. Add heavy cream to pan along with remaining brown butter. Cook for 2 more minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Pour asparagus and butter mixture over pasta in large pot.

  5. Mix pasta together. Serve with green onions and bacon (optional).


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Brown Butter Pasta with Asparagus & Bacon from thelittlekitchen.net

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