Tomato and Asparagus “Carbonara”
I found this recipe in the September 2012 issue of Cooking Light and I couldn’t wait to make it. It took very little prep or time to make and it ended up being creamy, cheesy, and totally delicious. I loved that, even though it didn’t have bacon like a traditional carbonara has, it was still flavorful and satisfying. My husband, son, and I all loved it. My daughter, on the other hand, thought it was too cheesy and she didn’t like the texture. It’s no surprise since she doesn’t like cheese. Oh well… her loss.
Cook the pasta in salted boiling water per instructions.
While the pasta is cooking, heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the tomatoes and cook, stirring occasionally for 5-6 minutes; add the asparagus and cook for 2 minutes. Add the minced garlic and season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste; cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Remove from the heat.
Mix the egg, Parmesan cheese, sea salt, freshly cracked pepper, to taste until well combined. Drain the pasta and immediately add the cheese/egg mixture to the pasta and stir until well combined and the cheese has melted. Add the tomato and asparagus mixture to the pan and mix until evenly coated. Place pasta into the serving bowl and sprinkle the top with the torn basil leaves. Serve immediately. Enjoy.