Penne with Pancetta and Asparagus
Why This Recipe Works
For a weeknight-friendly meal that delivered on flavor, we used powerhouse ingredients. We rendered pancetta pieces in a nonstick skillet until crispy and used the fat to brown the asparagus, bringing out its nutty flavor. We then tossed the penne and asparagus with creamy mascarpone, bright lemon juice, and savory Pecorino Romano. After giving the sauced pasta a quick 5-minute rest, we sprinkled it with basil for fragrant freshness.