Penne with Asparagus Carbonara

Penne with Asparagus Carbonara

Pasta with egg, asparagus, and cheese.

2 servings
Preparation 15 min
Cooking 15 min

400 calories per serving 


10 asparagus, average size   200 g
1 tbsp olive oil   15 mL
160 g gluten free/wheat free penne, or other short cut pasta   2 cups
1 egg yolks    
1 tsp dried oregano   0.4 g
1 pinch salt [optional]   0.1 g
  ground pepper to taste    
2 tbsp pasta cooking water   30 mL
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated   14 g

Before you start

Keep the serving plates warm on the stove while you're preparing the dish.

Put a colander in the sink to drain the cooked pasta so that it will be ready when needed.


  1. Preheat the oven to 230ºC/450ºF.
  2. Prepare the asparagus. Lay the asparagus in a single layer on an oiled baking tray. Coat thoroughly with oil, then add a little salt. Bake in the middle of the oven until the asparagus change colour, about 8-10 min, depending on their size. Shake the tray a couple times during cooking so that the asparagus will cook evenly. After baking, cut the asparagus into pieces sliced at an angle, about 2 cm long. Set aside.
  3. To save time, the rest of the sauce preparation and the pasta cooking can be done at the same time.
  4. Cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water, until al dente.
  5. Meanwhile, separate the egg whites and yolks. Set the whites aside in a glass jar with a lid and put them in the refrigerator or freezer for a future use in another recipe. Stir the yolks in a serving bowl which is large enough to hold and mix all the pasta, add the oregano, and season with salt and pepper. Beat the egg mixture 1 min with a fork, then dilute it with the specified amount of pasta cooking water. Set aside.
  6. Drain the pasta, then pour it into the bowl. Mix rapidly in order to cook the yolks and let the pasta get coated at the same time. Add the asparagus and its cooking juices, sprinkle with the grated parmesan, then serve in the warmed plates.

Nutrition Facts Table

Nutrition Facts

per 1 serving (180g)


% DV*

* DV = Daily Value




11 g

17 %

Saturated 3 g
+ Trans 0 g

14 %


110 mg


115 mg

5 %


62 g

21 %


4 g

18 %


4 g


13 g

Vitamin A

15 %

Vitamin C

8 %


15 %


30 %

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Servings of Canada's Food Guide

1 serving of this recipe is equivalent to:

Vegetables and Fruit: ¾ serving
Grain Products: servings
Milk and Alternatives: ¼ serving
Meat and Alternatives: ¼ serving

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Free :
Added Sugar
Low :
Source of :
Calcium, Copper, Magnesium, Manganese, Niacin, Pantothenic Acid, Selenium, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B6, Vitamin D, Zinc
Good source of :
Fibre, Phosphorus, Potassium, Vitamin A, Vitamin B12, Vitamin E
Excellent source of :
Folacin, Iron, Vitamin K

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This recipe is in the following categories: Pasta | Main courses/Entrées | Halal | High Fibre | High Iron | Kosher | Low Sodium | Vegetarian | Italian

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