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Asparagus carbonara

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Vegetarian mains

Asparagus carbonara

Main Serves 4 15 min
An easy vegetarian alternative to the classic dish (although it has to be said that a little shredded prosciutto added with the egg lifts it to another level). This is a good way of stretching a single bunch of asparagus to feed a family.

Cook's notes

We've used Parmesan in this recipe but if you are vegetarian you can use an alternative. Good vegetarian Parmesan can be difficult to get hold of; vegetarian Pecorino is often tastier.


  • 1 bunch of asparagus
  • 350g spaghetti or linguine
  • 4 eggs
  • 50g Parmesan cheese, grated, plus extra to serve
  • 1 tbsp chives, basil or tarragon, chopped


Prep time: 5 min
Cooking time: 10 min
  • Step 1

    Prepare the asparagus by breaking off the end of each woody stalk and chopping the rest into 1.5cm pieces.
  • Step 2

    Cook the pasta in a large pan of boiling salted water until al dente, adding the asparagus 3 minutes before it is done. In the meantime, beat the eggs together well.
  • Step 3

    Drain the pasta and asparagus, transfer immediately to a large warmed bowl and add the eggs, Parmesan and some salt and pepper. Mix well. The heat from the pasta will cook the eggs. Sprinkle with the herbs and serve immediately, with extra Parmesan.

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