May 12, 2014

Penne gratin with asparagus alla carbonara

Lately, I've putting together meals without plans for posting and then when they are ready, I can't help it: I take the camera out and start clicking. Others can't help it and start eating...

Recipe by Gray Apron
time: 20 minutes

1/2 lb (250 g) pasta penne
1 lb (500 g) green asparagus, hard ends broken off
3 medium tomatoes
2 Tablespoons (30 g) butter, diced small
small handful grated Parmesan
2 eggs, roughly whisked with a pinch of salt and pepper
salt, pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 3 on broil (on a scale 1 to 5 in my oven, top grill function). Butter (with extra butter) a ceramic baking dish. Cut asparagus in sticks resembling penne. Place tomatoes in hot water for 1 minute. Peel them, cut in wedges, remove seeds.

Prepare a large bowl of ice water. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook asparagus pieces for 2 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the vegetable into the bowl of cold water for 10 seconds. Now, cook pasta in asparagus cooking water.

Place pasta, asparagus, tomatoes, butter, cheese in the baking dish. Mix all up. Pour eggs on top.  Set the dish in the hot oven (in the top part) for 5-7 minutes. Remove from the heat. Mix it all up again, adjust seasoning and serve.

  • this is my first carbonara ever, because I couldn't have imagined eating pasta and eggs together;
  • eggs and asparagus on the other hand - I have;
  • it turns out, pasta, asparagus and eggs came together in a very satisfying way!
  • I've seen enough on Italian TV about carbonara to make it without looking for a recipe (not bragging);
  • because there is no standard recipe, so they said;
  • the important point is not to allow eggs to set and separate on the pasta, which in Italian would be called a "disastro";
  • I pour eggs be on top of the dish; some eggs got cooked more (on top), some less;
  • after I mixed all up, done and undone eggs, plus Parmesan and butter, coated pasta and asparagus with a thin layer of rich tastes.


  1. What a fantastic pasta dish!Great colors and flavors!!
    Kisses,sweet Ela!

  2. A delicious combination! A wonderful pasta dish.



  3. I would want to photograph this dish as well. Great color and I know it has to be flavorful.

  4. Ha! It's the curse of the blogger!

  5. I can completely understand why no one could resist, the food looks amazing! I could gladly eat a bowl of this beautiful pasta right now.

  6. I got some delicious asparagus from the farmer's market yesterday that we grilled. I love it in pasta and this looks like a great meal.

  7. Yum! Best way to use asparagus ever? =)

  8. Mmmm this is my kind of pasta! Pretty colors and such great veggies!

  9. I do exactly the same thing! I love your asparagus carbonara...looks as delicious as it is beautiful!

  10. It's so hard to put the camera away! I'm sure glad you captured this. It looks delicious!

  11. I love this! I'm going to make a bowl or two for us next time I have a pasta meal :)

  12. This is the way pasta should be, great dish Ela!

  13. I love the combination of flavours. Asparagus is my favourite spring veggie!

  14. Looks so good, no wonder they can't wait to eat them :D

  15. Beautiful pasta salad, such great color. No wonder your family started to eat!

  16. Delicious refreshing pasta dish! You don't have to persuade me to eat it!

  17. So beautiful and vibrant colors, great way to use seasonal asparagus.

  18. Perfect summer meal; love pasta salads!

  19. I've been obsessed with asparagus lately and this looks delicious! :)

  20. Wow, love this bright and beautiful pasta salad Ela! I love love love asparagus and it would be hard for me to resist stealing a few bites of this too - it looks incredible :)

  21. Wioletta6/09/2014

    Claude kupil szparagi ale nie mialam zadnego pomyslu i w dodatku nigdy nie robilam.
    Kolory na Twoich zdjeciach mnie zachecily i .. nie zaluje; Wyszlo pyszne !!
    Jeszcze kiedys wyprobuje Asparagus carbonara. Buzka. Pa