Recipe: Tomato and Asparagus “Carbonara”

Tomato and Asparagus "Carbonara", Courtesy:, Photo: Johnny Autry; Styling: Mary Clayton Carl
Tomato and Asparagus “Carbonara”, Courtesy:, Photo: Johnny Autry; Styling: Mary Clayton Carl

Here’s a great Spring time meal, featuring fresh tomatoes and asparagus.

3 quarts water
1 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
1 pound (1-inch) diagonally cut trimmed asparagus
garlic cloves, minced
1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
2 oz. pecorino Romano cheese, finely grated
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
1 large egg
8 ounces uncooked penne pasta
1/4 cup fresh basil leaves


  1. Bring 3 quarts water to a boil in a Dutch oven.
  2. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.
  3. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat.
  4. Add asparagus; sauté 3 1/2 minutes.
  5. Add garlic; sauté for 1 minute.
  6. Add tomatoes; cook for 6 minutes or until tomatoes are tender.
  7. Combine cheese, salt, pepper, and egg in a large bowl, stirring with a whisk.
  8. Add pasta to boiling water; cook 10 minutes or until al dente. Drain and toss pasta immediately with egg mixture.
  9. Add tomato mixture, tossing until sauce thickens.
  10. Divide pasta equally among 4 bowls.
  11. Sprinkle each serving with 1 tablespoon basil.
  12. Serve immediately.

Food Mingle Blog Alternatives and Substitutions:

  • I took the advice on the website and added red pepper flakes to boost the flavor profile.
  • I also liked the following hint shown on the website: toss the pasta and vegetables immediately after cooking. The heat from the pasta will cook the egg, thickening it into a light, creamy sauce.
  • This recipe could be even better with the addition of cheese, such as fresh mozzarella bites or even feta – experiment to find what you like best.

Yield: 4 servings of 1 1/4 cup each serving

Source:, Photo: Johnny Autry; Styling: Mary Clayton Carl



2 thoughts on “Recipe: Tomato and Asparagus “Carbonara”

  1. Southern Abroad May 13, 2016 / 4:33 pm

    This looks like the perfect springtime pasta! I am thinking I will need to make it this coming week…

    Liked by 1 person

    • Nancy at Food Mingle Blog May 13, 2016 / 4:46 pm

      I love anything with asparagus, so when I saw this recipe, I knew I had to try it. Thanks for your comment. – Nancy Jean


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