Spaghetti with Shaved Asparagus and Pancetta Recipe

Spaghetti with Shaved Asparagus and Pancetta Recipe
Jessica Chou

Ingredients

  • ½ pound dry spaghetti ($.99)
  • Salt, to taste
  • 6 ounces asparagus, trimmed ($2.00)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, pressed and roughly chopped ($.10)
  • 2 ounces pancetta, cubed ($2.50)
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • Pepper, to taste

This simple spaghetti dish is just as good without pancetta. For vegetarians, add more asparagus and try topping the dish with a poached egg and shaved Parmesan, pecorino, or Grana Padano.

Total cost: $5.59

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Directions

In a medium-sized pot over high heat, bring 8 cups of water to a boil. Salt the water liberally, until it tastes like the sea.

Add the spaghetti and lower the heat to medium-high heat. Cook for 6-8 minutes, stirring occasionally, until just under al dente, then drain.

Meanwhile, shave the asparagus into long strips with a vegetable peeler.

Heat a medium-sized saucepan over medium heat and then add the olive oil. Heat until shimmering then add the chopped garlic. Sauté for 30 seconds. Add the pancetta and cook over medium heat for 1 minute.

Add the asparagus strips and mix, cooking for another 1-2 minutes. Then add the pasta and stir over medium heat for 3-4 minutes.

Remove the pan from the heat and incorporate the butter into the pasta. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

Nutrition

Calories per serving:

675 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Balanced, High Fiber Egg Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free, No Sugar Added

Daily value:

34%

Servings:

2
  • Fat 26g 39%
  • Carbs 90g 30%
  • Saturated 9g 44%
  • Fiber 6g 23%
  • Trans 0g
  • Sugars 5g
  • Monounsaturated 12g
  • Polyunsaturated 3g
  • Protein 21g 41%
  • Cholesterol 34mg 11%
  • Sodium 198mg 8%
  • Calcium 59mg 6%
  • Magnesium 79mg 20%
  • Potassium 515mg 15%
  • Iron 4mg 20%
  • Zinc 2mg 16%
  • Phosphorus 308mg 44%
  • Vitamin A 84µg 9%
  • Vitamin C 6mg 9%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 21%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 0mg 13%
  • Niacin (B3) 4mg 20%
  • Vitamin B6 0mg 18%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 65µg 16%
  • Vitamin B12 0µg 3%
  • Vitamin D 0µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 2mg 12%
  • Vitamin K 43µg 53%
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