Pasta is a perennial crowd pleaser when it comes to dinner. It is also super quick and very versatile. That’s why tonight we are sharing with you this really simple twenty minute gluten-free asparagus and pancetta pasta recipe. Seeing as asparagus is coming into season, it’s the best time to make this dish.
This was a meal I made based on what I happened to have on hand after a busy day. You can easily make this recipe your own, by changing out the vegetable, leaving out the pancetta, or even swapping pancetta for bacon. Pancetta is an Italian salt-cured pork similar to bacon but pancetta isn’t smoked. If you buy a piece of pancetta, you can keep it well wrapped in the freezer to have on hand when you need to add it to a recipe.
This is not just a great dinner dish, it would make for a lovely lunch as it is full of bright, spring flavours. Think how lovely this could be as part of a Mother’s Day lunch/brunch.
Twenty Minute Gluten-Free Asparagus and Pancetta Pasta
- 8oz pancetta, diced
- 2 bunches asparagus
- 400g Rummo Gluten-free Fusilli N°48 pasta
- 2 shallots, mined
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tbs gluten-free vegetarian chicken stock or vegetable stock or 1 bullion cube
- 1/2 cup of pasta water
- 1/2 tsp (each) of granulated onion, granulated garlic, and black pepper
- 1/4 c 5% cream (optional)
- Put a large pot of salted water on the stove to boil, for your pasta.
- In a pan bring to a boil about 1 inch well salted water.
- Cook asparagus until just fork tender – don’t over cook.
- Remove the asparagus from the pan, set aside, and let cool.
- In another large fry pan, cook pancetta until slightly crispy and fat has been rendered.
- Remove pancetta from pan with a slotted spoon; and set aside on a plate covered with a piece of paper towel.
- In the pan with renderings left behind from the pancetta, sauté shallots until about 1/2 way cooked (about 2 minutes).
- Add the garlic to the shallots and mix well. Cook until garlic becomes fragrant.
- Meanwhile cut the cooled asparagus into 1 inch pieces. Reserving the tops, set aside.
- Once the shallots and garlic are sautéed, add 1 tablespoon of dry chicken stock powder or bullion to the pan and stir well.
- Cook your pasta as per the package instructions.
- Then add 1 cup of pasta water to the pan with the onion, and stir well. Always remove pasta water carefully, using a heatproof measuring cup.
- Add your chopped asparagus pieces to the pan with the shallots, garlic, and stock.
- Allow to cook on low heat so the asparagus are warmed through.
- Add in granulated onion, granulated garlic, and black pepper.
- Taste your sauce and add any additional seasoning, you may need. I didn’t add in salt because both the pancetta and the stock have more than enough sodium in them.
Tips:> If you want to add a creamy element and add extra depth to your sauce you can add in the cream now and let it all meld together while your pasta cooks.> If you skip the pancetta, you can substitute it with 2 tbs of oil and then the dish can be made vegetarian or even vegan.
- Once your pasta is cooked, using a heatproof container remove 1 cup of pasta water and set aside.
- Drain your pasta.
- Add pasta back into the pot.
- Pour your sauce into the pot.
- Mix the pasta and the sauce well.
- Add in the crispy pieces of pancetta.
- If your pasta looks dry, add in a 1/4c of pasta water.
- For presentation purposes add the asparagus tops to the each plate, or to the serving platter.
- Serve with parmesan cheese
This twenty minute gluten-free asparagus and pancetta pasta recipe has endless possibilities. It also reheats well, so you can use up any leftovers you may have easily.
Another reason why I love this twenty minute gluten-free asparagus and pancetta pasta recipe, is that it is nightshade free. Meaning it doesn’t contain any eggplant, tomatoes, peppers, or white potatoes. Most people associate a fast pasta with a quick tomato sauce, and that doesn’t always have to be the case. I can’t have most nightshades and need to limit the amount of tomato I eat, so this recipe allows me to still enjoy a delicious and fast pasta meal without the worry.
If you like this pasta recipe you might also enjoy our recipe for the best gluten-free cacio e pepe, leftover meatloaf gluten-free pasta bake recipe, or simple creamy gluten-free leftover pasta recipe.
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