Spaghetti with Shaved Asparagus and Pancetta Recipe

Spaghetti with Shaved Asparagus and Pancetta Recipe
Jessica Chou


  • 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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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.


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:



  • Fat 51g 79%
  • Carbs 181g 60%
  • Saturated 17g 87%
  • Fiber 12g 47%
  • Trans 1g
  • Sugars 10g
  • Monounsaturated 23g
  • Polyunsaturated 7g
  • Protein 41g 83%
  • Cholesterol 68mg 23%
  • Sodium 396mg 17%
  • Calcium 119mg 12%
  • Magnesium 158mg 39%
  • Potassium 1,029mg 29%
  • Iron 7mg 41%
  • Zinc 5mg 33%
  • Phosphorus 616mg 88%
  • Vitamin A 169µg 19%
  • Vitamin C 11mg 19%
  • Thiamin (B1) 1mg 41%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 0mg 26%
  • Niacin (B3) 8mg 39%
  • Vitamin B6 1mg 36%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 130µg 33%
  • Vitamin B12 0µg 5%
  • Vitamin D 0µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 5mg 24%
  • Vitamin K 85µg 106%
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