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Springtime Pasta Toss with Bacon
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Springtime Pasta Toss with Bacon

25 Minutes
25 Min Prep
25 Min Cook
Crisp-tender asparagus spears, crispy bacon and a zesty dressing are part of what makes this springtime pasta toss a colorful, flavorful dish.
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4 servings
Original recipe yields 4 servings
2 cups elbow macaroni, uncooked
1 lb. fresh asparagus spears, cut into 1/2-inch lengths
1/4 cup KRAFT Zesty Italian Dressing, divided
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
3 green onions, chopped
1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper
8 slices OSCAR MAYER Fully Cooked Bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 cup KRAFT Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
2 Tbsp. KRAFT Grated Parmesan Cheese
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Let's Make It
1
Cook macaroni in large saucepan as directed on package, omitting salt. Place cut asparagus into colander and drain pasta over it.
2
Heat 2 Tbsp. dressing in large nonstick skillet; add tomatoes and onions; cook 2 min. or until heated through, stirring frequently. Add crushed red pepper and bacon; mix well.
3
Drain pasta. Add to skillet with remaining dressing and mozzarella; mix well. Top with Parmesan.
Kitchen Tips
Serving Suggestion
Serve this main dish with a mixed green salad for a quick and tasty weekday meal.
How to Blanch Asparagus
To blanch the asparagus, plunge it into boiling water; cook 2 min., then immediately plunge it into cold water to stop the cooking process.
Best of Season
Choose asparagus with firm tight green stalks and tight tips.
Nutrition
Calories
440
Calories From Fat
0
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15g
19%
Saturated Fat 6g
30%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 30mg
10%
Sodium 660mg
29%
Total Carbohydrates 55g
20%
Dietary Fibers 5g
18%
Sugars 7g
14%
Protein 24g
48%
Vitamin A
30%
Vitamin C
15%
Calcium
30%
Iron
30%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Servings
4 servings
* Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.
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