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Creamy One Pot Pasta with Asparagus, Bacon & Mushrooms

This pasta is wrapped in a dreamy creamy sauce and loaded with asparagus, crispy bacon and mushrooms. Better still, it’s all made in one pot!

closeup shot of pasta in pot with focus on bacon

The ULTIMATE One Pot Pasta

You know what, this is the first one pot pasta recipe I’ve uploaded to the blog. I knew it was coming, we ALL knew it was coming. So here it is in all it’s glory! And boy is it glorious, here’s why you’re going to LOVE it:

  • Creamy – This pasta has a luxuriously cream sauce that’s made in the same pot as the pasta. You really can have your cake and eat it!
  • Easy – No fuss, zero stress and no cooking ability required. This recipe is perfect for a midweek dinner and easily feeds a family of 4.
  • Flavoursome – A creamy pasta that’s bursting with flavour. Did I already mention eating cake?

Why make one pot pasta?

Good question. Beside that fact it’s more convenient than having two pots on the go, there’s two other reasons I personally like a one pot pasta:

  • Starch – As the pasta cooks in the sauce it releases starch, which helps create a nice creamy and glossy consistency.
  • Pasta Flavour – as the pasta cooks it also takes on the flavour of the liquid it’s cooking in.

closeup shot ofpasta on serving spoon with pot blurred in background

Pasta with Asparagus

One of the stars of the show in this recipe is asparagus. Asparagus actually works really nicely with pasta, and especially in this context. Because it’s cooking in the sauce with the pasta, it’s gorgeous flavours are dispersed throughout the sauce. It’s a really prominent flavour in the dish.

Alongside the asparagus, the other two main goodies are bacon and mushrooms. All 3 of these not only work beautifully together, but each work really well with cream and pasta.

How to make one pot pasta (quick summary)

  1. Fry bacon.
  2. Remove and melt butter.
  3. Add asparagus, onion & mushrooms.
  4. Brown then add garlic.
  5. Pour in chicken stock and cream.
  6. Add pasta.
  7. Simmer and stir until al dente.
  8. Stir in bacon, parsley and parmesan.

How to make one pot pasta - 8 step by step photos

Top Tip – Ensure your stock is closer to room temp than it is piping hot, and your cream is at room temp, otherwise you increase the chance of the cream curdling when they combine.

Why remove the bacon?

I do this for two reasons. First is so it doesn’t boil with the pasta and lose it’s crispiness. Second is to just free up a bit of room for the onion, mushroom and asparagus (otherwise everything will steam).

What do I do if the pasta doesn’t cook?

The ratios I give in the recipe will ensure you have a fairly thick sauce, but still properly cooked pasta. The pasta should always be a little al dente (have a bit of a bite to it), but if for whatever reason you want your pasta a little more cooked just add a few splashes more stock.

overhead shot of pasta served in white bowl with two silver forks digging in

And there we have it! It really is that easy.

If you’re looking for another easy one pot dinner check out my Spanish One Pot Chicken Orzo!

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Alrighty, let’s tuck into the full recipes for this one pot pasta shall we?!

closeup shot of pasta served in bowl with two forks digging in

How to make Creamy One Pot Pasta (Full Recipe & Video)

closeup shot ofpasta on serving spoon with pot blurred in background
  • 12.3oz / 350g Penne, uncooked
  • 3 cups / 750ml Chicken Stock, not piping hot! (plus 1/4cup/60ml reserved)
  • 1 cup / 250ml Heavy/Double Cream, at room temp
  • 1/2 cup / 40g freshly grated Parmesan
  • 5.3oz / 150g Asparagus, diced (woody ends removed)
  • 5.3oz / 150g Mushrooms of choice, sliced (here I use Chestnut Mushrooms)
  • 5.3oz / 150g Bacon, diced
  • 2 tbsp Unsalted Butter
  • 2 cloves of Garlic, finely diced/minced
  • 2 tbsp finely diced Fresh Parsley
  • 1 medium Onion, finely diced
  • Salt & Pepper, to taste
  • In a large pot over medium heat add diced bacon and fry until the fat fully renders and the bacon is nice and crispy. Don’t be tempted to crank up the heat, you want it fairly low and slow to render down the fat. Remove bacon from pot and place in a bowl to one side, leaving the bacon fat behind.

  • Melt in 2 tbsp butter, then add asparagus, mushrooms and onion. Fry until they begin to brown then add garlic and fry for a couple of minutes longer.

  • Pour in 3cups/750ml chicken stock and 1cup/250ml cream (important the cream is at room temp and the stock isn’t too hot or the cream may curdle). Give it a stir, then add the uncooked pasta.

  • Turn heat to low medium and keep it on a gentle simmer until the penne is al dente, stirring frequently as you go. If the sauce soaks up before the pasta is cooked add another 1/4cup/60ml stock. You’re looking for it to be al dente though (still a teeny bit hard).

  • Once the sauce has thickened and the pasta is cooked, add back in your bacon with 2 tbsp finely diced parsley and 1/2cup/40 freshly grated parmesan. Give it a final stir then serve up!

a) Hot Stock / Cream – Make sure the stock is closer to room temp than it is piping hot, and make sure the cream is room temp (or close to). Pouring cold cream into piping hot stock is a curdle waiting to happen.  b) Emulsify – Because you’re trying to blend a fair bit of fat (bacon fat, butter, cream) with stock, which is essentially water, the starch from the pasta will allow you to do this. As such, it’s important to give it a good stir as the pasta is cooking, just to help along with the emulsion. c) Consistency – You’re looking for the sauce to be thick enough to stick to the pasta, but not so thick there’s no saucy consistency to it. If it does thicken before the pasta is cook just add a few splashes of stock (or water) until it’s cooked. d) Pasta – Pasta (IMO) should always be al dente (have a bit of a bite to it) and that’s how it’ll end up with this recipe. Don’t expect to have super soft pasta! e) Calories – based on sharing between 4 people.

Nutrition Facts

Creamy One Pot Pasta with Asparagus, Bacon & Mushrooms

Amount Per Serving

Calories 855 Calories from Fat 436

% Daily Value*

Fat 48.46g75%

Saturated Fat 23.904g120%

Trans Fat 0.159g

Polyunsaturated Fat 4.838g

Monounsaturated Fat 16.447g

Cholesterol 130mg43%

Sodium 764mg32%

Potassium 844mg24%

Carbohydrates 85.2g28%

Fiber 11.3g45%

Sugar 7.54g8%

Protein 23.23g46%

Vitamin A 1728IU35%

Vitamin C 8.6mg10%

Calcium 181mg18%

Iron 2.69mg15%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutrition is based on the absence of salt unless stated as a measurement in the ingredients. Cost is worked out based on ingredients bought from UK supermarkets, then divided by the number of servings. In both instances these values are just for guidance. Please check out my FAQ Page for more info.


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