Pasta Carbonara w/Asparagus, Pancetta, & Lemon Herb Breadcrumbs

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    Pasta Carbonara w/Asparagus, Pancetta, & Lemon Herb Breadcrumbs a tasty pasta dish perfect for the weekend!

    Does anyone like watching Rachael Ray?

    I used to watch her all the time. Then, she got really annoying. Like, to the point that I had to watch her with the volume muted.

    The lady is annoying but DANG, can she make some pretty awesome food. Which is why I haven’t completely cut her out of my weekend schedule.

    Normal Saturday’s consist of waking up before Pioneer Woman comes on and eating breakfast while watching her make something far better than what I’m having at the moment, going through my “to make this weekend” list and usually cooking/baking all day. That’s only if we don’t have a crazy schedule for the weekend already planned. I try to only plan stuff in the evenings so I can get a day’s worth of cooking and natural light for photography. It’s funny I work my life around the natural light haha

    I think on this one particular Saturday, J and I were hanging out in the afternoon, flipping through channels because nothing was on tv. When we flipped over Food Network, Rachael Ray was tossing together some gorgeous and creamy looking pasta. She had me at creamy. I can never pass up the chance to make creamy pasta. It’s my all time favorite type. We stopped to see what she was making and it was a version of pasta carbonara.

    And it had PANCETTA and ASPARAGUS. I mean, I don’t know about you, but I had just recently bought about 3 pounds of asparagus. Besides my pee smelling foul due to the asparagus, I love asparagus paired with pancetta just as much as the next person. TMI? hehe

    I pulled up the recipe on Food Network’s site and immediately put it on the menu for the coming week.

    Rachael Ray, as much as you annoy me, you certainly never disappoint in your recipes. This was so yummy. I went along with the egged theme and used egg noodles. The lemon breadcrumbs you top this pasta with screams SPRINGTIME. It’s definitely a dish you need out on your dinner table sometime soon. It really is refreshing and creamy good at the same time.

    Pasta Carbonara w/Asparagus, Pancetta, & Lemon Herb Breadcrumbs

    A delicious twist on the classic pasta carbonara!
    Prep Time: 5 mins
    Cook Time: 20 mins
    Total Time: 25 mins
    Servings (adjustable, but please note that results, timing, and cookware may vary when adjusting servings): 4
    Author: Julie Chiou
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    • 1 pound egg noodles
    • 1 pound asparagus, tough ends trimmed then cut into 1-inch pieces on an angle
    • 1/3 pound pancetta, finely diced
    • 4 cloves garlic, minced
    • 1/2 cup dry white wine
    • 3 egg yolks
    • 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
    • Salt and pepper, to taste
    • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
    • 1 cup Italian breadcrumbs
    • Zest of 1 lemon


    • In a large pot, bring water to a boil and season with salt.
    • In a large skillet, over medium high heat, add the pancetta and cook for about 3 minutes. Then add in the garlic and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes. Add in the wine and reduce the heat to low.
    • While it's reducing, you can go ahead and add in your egg noodles to the pot of boiling water. Cook the noodles according to the instructions on the package. When pasta is halfway done, add in the asparagus to cook together. Once finished, drain pasta and asparagus, while reserving 1 cup of pasta water. Set pasta, asparagus, and water aside.
    • In a microwave safe bowl, melt 2 tbsp. of butter and add in the breadcrumbs and lemon zest. Stir until all combined and breadcrumbs are moistened. Set aside.
    • Lightly beat the egg yolks in a small bowl and set aside.
    • Now, you can add the pasta and asparagus to the skillet. Toss around and then add in the egg yolks. Turn off the heat and toss for 1 minute, adding in the reserved pasta water slowly to thin out the mixture. Stir in cheese. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
    • Divide up the pasta in bowls and top with lemon breadcrumbs.


    Source: adapted from Rachael Ray

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  • cassie says:

    I used to watch Rachael Ray but I just don’t have time anymore. I DVR certain shows but hers isn’t one of them – I know what you mean, she got a little annoying. But this pasta is anything but annoying. Looks amazing!

  • Kathryn says:

    What I love about this is that it looks so light and fresh even though it has a creamy sauce. Those lemon breadcrumbs just sound insane too!

    I’m also so glad to hear that your Saturdays are almost exactly the same as mine, I have to plan my weekends out with military precision so there’s enough time in the kitchen!

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen says:

    Oh, Rachael Ray…I have about 5 of her cookbooks (kinda ashamed to admit that) but I cannot stand her as a person. Thankfully we don’t have cable so I haven’t had any run ins with her horribly annoying voice in over a year now.
    Her food is pretty good though and this one looks delicious and creamy! Love the asparagus + pancetta combo. I wrapped asparagus in bacon last night before roasting and it was pretty much the best thing ever. :)

  • amy @ fearless homemaker says:

    i agree – rachael irks the heck out of me, but i’ve had 100% success with all of her recipes, so i can’t complain too much. =) this looks fabulous!

  • Jess says:

    Oh ding dang, Julie! This looks amazing! RR is a bit on the obnoxious side, but she sure knows how to work a recipe. I sort of just want to rest my cheek on top of this lovely pasta…Would that be weird?

  • brandi says:

    i haven’t watched her in a long time, but I do like a lot of her recipes! especially her pastas – like this one. nick would love it!

  • Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray says:

    Ahahah, love that you totally told it like it is thanks to overconsumption of asparagus. Truth in advertising! ;)

  • Jenny Flake says:

    This looks like the perfect dinner!! xoxo

  • Tracey says:

    Haha, I love asparagus too, and you’re so right about its side effects :) This pasta looks fantastic!! I don’t watch RR, but I have made a few of her recipes that were really good.

  • Mai Nguyen says:

    Idk what it is about her, but I think her voice just irks me! But she does make some great dishes. I always wondered about her 30-minute meals. I guess it really is a 30- minute meal with everything is all there and prepped for you. Lol.

    I saw this dish on your Instagram! I’ve been waiting for its blog appearance and it’s here. Sounds and look amazing! Can’t wait to give this a try soon. (:

  • Megan {Country Cleaver} says:

    I am completely on your side with the Rachel Ray annoying as all hell train! I liked her when she was just cooking. None of the other crap. But when she is JUST COOKING woman can make some pretty yummy looking stuff. This one – no different. Looks awesome!

  • Bev Weidner says:

    It’s been a LAWNG time since I’ve watched her, but I’ve gone blind just looking at this awesome dish I can barely picture her.

  • Lauren says:

    OMG! Rachael Ray is sooooo annoying! Don’t like her or very many of her recipes. This looks fabulous though!

  • Kim Bee says:

    This looks fantastic and totally worth the side effects you get. I just tried asparagus for the first time last year. Had no idea it was such a delight. I love a good creamy pasta too. This one fits the bill. I totally feel you on Rachel, something about her just sends me over the edge. I wish I could watch The Pioneer Woman. For some reason we don’t get it here in Canada. The Canuck version of Food Network is behind the times, it’s very sad.

  • Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious says:

    Rachel Ray is pretty goddang annoying. There’s something about her voice that just gets under my skin. But Jason and I like watching her shows because we always comment on her fluctuations in weight. Yeah, we’re kind of mean, aren’t we?

    Anyway, love this dish Julie. It looks so refreshing, and I would never pass up a dish with pancetta. Yum!

  • Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking says:

    I have not watched Rachel Ray in a very long time. She definitley annoys me. But she does have an un-ending wealth of recipes that are most often good. I think what hooked me about this recipe was of course the gorgeous picture but also LEMON HERB BREADCRUMBS!!!! Holy yum! I can’t wait to make this!!!

  • Valerie @ From Valerie's Kitchen says:

    I tape PW’s show and watch while I run on the treadmill :) I feel like I need to burn calories just watching! This looks YUM Julie!

  • Bri says:

    This looks so good, Julie! Lemons & asparagus are always good in our house, can’t wait to give it a go!

  • Bee (Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine) says:

    Puts my “easy carbonarra” to shame for sure! I love the additional veggies and the breadcrumbs, adds some good flavor :)

  • claire @ the realistic nutritionist says:

    I wanna like Rachael I just…don’t. But I will say she has amazing dishes. This look delicious Julie!

  • Steve @ the black peppercorn says:

    MMM – I love carbonara pasta. So great and creamy. You can add so many different veggies or meats to it as well. This looks great!!!

  • Deanna says:

    Rachael Ray has never irritated me the way Sandra Lee or Paula Deen does. I don’t normally watch her, but I don’t hate her. And I have some asparagus that really needs to be used!

  • Laura says:

    Rachael Ray doesn’t bother me. Her talk show can be a bit much, but her cook all once show on the Cooking Channel occasionally catches my attention. I’ve loved all her recipes I’ve tried. Although I definitely avoid the ones that call for too many ingredients that I’d purchase just for one recipe. I can’t wait to try this springtime pasta!

  • JulieD says:

    This looks so good, Julie!!

  • DessertForTwo says:

    We have the same Saturday morning routine! Isn’t life lovely? :)

  • Jackie @ Domestic Fits says:

    You are hilarious! My friends and I refer to Rachel Ray as an SDO. Sound Down Only. She bugs me too.

  • T @ Dine n Dash says:

    tried carbonara for the first time about a month ago at my favorite italian spot. so good! this looks delicious. Rachael Ray, the TV personality, annoys me but I like Giada!

  • Baking Serendipity says:

    I love your weekend routines! I watched Rachel Ray for a while, and then kind of fell out of it. I love checking out her cookbooks from the library when I have time off work and making the best recipes in them. This pasta would definitely make the list. I love creamy sauces too!

  • Kiran @ says:

    Delish! I used to watch Rachael Ray but not so much anymore. In fact, barely.

    I’d rather watch Pioneer Woman’s show, which by the way is more related to our field :)

  • Stephanie says:

    Rachel Ray was always annoying, but I’d watch her since Food Network was always on in the background. But once she tried to make Korean BBQ with some steak marinated in some soy sauce mixture on a grill and made bok choi with SAUREKRAUT, sprinkled some sesame seeds and called it good, I completely stopped watching her. I don’t even follow anything she does anymore.

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