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Pasta in Browned Butter Cream Sauce with Bacon

Takes less than 30 minutes to make.

Pasta in Browned Butter Cream Sauce

This creamy bow tie pasta made with browned butter, lemon, bacon and capers has layers of flavors that taste heavenly with each bite.

The taste of fresh lemon and browned butter is so amazing in the creamy sauce that the pasta is made with.

And the bacon is the perfect complement to this dish along with fresh raw chopped asparagus for a slight bit of crunch.

And the capers add such a nice little surprise pop of flavor to the mix.

Bow tie pasta is used in this dish but it’s a mini size which is just the right ratio of pasta to sauce.

The smaller sized pasta makes this meal a little on the lighter side compared to heavier pasta dishes.

That’s good news though, all the more reason to go back for seconds!

Here’s a quick tip when making this recipe; after making the creamy sauce and just before adding the pasta to it, make sure to do a taste test (very carefully because it’s hot) and add more salt if needed. 

I found that there is a point where the salt really brings out the flavor of the lemon and browned butter cream sauce.  

This pasta dish is quick and easy and makes a wonderful main dish for any night of the week.

Here are more recipes made with bacon you may like “Twice-Baked Browned Butter, Bacon and Cheese Stuffed Potatoes“, “Mostaccioli Pasta with Blue Cheese and Bacon” and “Fried Chicken and Bacon Gravy Sliders“.

Let’s check out the ingredients.

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Butter, lemon, real bacon pieces, capers, light cream, mini bow tie pasta, granulated garlic, red pepper flakes, salt, pepper, fresh asparagus, and olive oil

printable recipe with the measurements and instructions is located at the bottom of this post.

Here’s how to make it.

For the Pasta:

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In a large pot, add water and salt.

Bring it to a boil and…

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…add the pasta.

Let cook until al dente (according to the package instructions).

Drain the pasta and set aside.

TIP – Don’t rinse the pasta after cooking it.

When pasta is rinsed, the starch is removed. The starch on pasta helps to hold and absorb the sauce so it’s important to keep the starch on the pasta.

For the Pasta Dish:

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Heat a large skillet on low to medium heat and add butter.

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As the butter melts, continuously stir.

Keep stirring as the butter starts to foam.

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Continue stirring until the butter starts to turn a golden color.

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Add the lemon juice, granulated garlic…

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…red pepper flakes, pepper, and

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salt.  Stir together.

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Add the cream…

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…and stir.

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Add the bacon…

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…and capers.

Give it a quick taste test (very carefully because it may be hot) and add more salt if needed.

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Stir together.

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Next,

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add the pasta and stir together until the pasta is coated with sauce.

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Then,

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garnish with fresh chopped asparagus, and lightly drizzle olive oil on top.

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Serve while warm and enjoy each delicious bite.

Thank you so much for stopping by CCC!

More Pasta Recipes You May Like:

Mostaccioli Pasta with Blue Cheese and Bacon

Broccoli and Pasta with Chicken

Bow Tie Pasta and Italian Turkey Sausage Skillet-Meal

Mushrooms and Penne in Wine Sauce

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Browned Butter Pasta with Bacon

Pasta in Browned Butter Cream Sauce with Bacon

Takes less than 30 minutes to make.
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Prep Time: 8 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 28 minutes
Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Bow Tie Pasta, Pasta
Servings: 3

Ingredients

For the Pasta:

  • 2 cups uncooked mini bow tie pasta
  • ½ teaspoon salt

For the Pasta Dish:

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • juice from 1 lemon
  • ¼ teaspoon granulated garlic
  • ¼ teaspoon dried red pepper flakes
  • 5 dashes ground black pepper
  • 6 dashes salt or salt to taste
  • 1 cup light cream
  • ¼ cup real bacon pieces
  • 2 tablespoons capers
  • ½ cup chopped fresh raw asparagus
  • 3 drizzles olive oil

Instructions

For the Pasta:

  • In a large pot add water and salt.  Bring to a boil. Cook the pasta until it's al dente (according to package instructions).  Drain and set aside. 
  • Don’t rinse the pasta after cooking it. When pasta is rinsed, the starch is removed. The starch on pasta helps to hold and absorb the sauce so it’s important to keep the starch on the pasta.

For the Pasta Dish:

  • Heat a large skillet on low to medium heat and add the butter. Continuously stir as the butter melts. Continue to stir as the butter starts to turn a golden color. 
  • Then add the lemon juice, garlic powder, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper. Stir together. Add the cream, bacon, capers and stir.  Do a taste test (very carefully because it's hot) and add more salt if needed.  There is a point where the salt really brings out the flavor of the lemon and browned butter cream sauce.  
  • Add the cooked pasta and stir so that the pasta is coated with the cream sauce.  
  • Top with the asparagus and drizzles of olive oil.  Serve while warm.

Notes

TIPS: 

  1. Don’t rinse the pasta after cooking it. When pasta is rinsed, the starch is removed. The starch on pasta helps to hold and absorb the sauce so it’s important to keep the starch on the pasta.
  2. After making the creamy sauce, just before adding the pasta, do a taste test (very carefully because it's hot) and add more salt if needed.  There is a point where the salt really brings out the flavor of the lemon and browned butter cream sauce.  
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2 Comments

  1. Hi there! This looks SO good. I can’t wait to try your recipe. Silly me, I have never had raw asparagus – only cooked. I bet it will be good. And I am going to try the “it was so much work ploy” to get out of doing the dishes too.