Asparagus & Bacon Pasta

Pasta with Asparagus, Spinach and Bacon

 8 ounces uncooked penne pasta
 2 bacon slices
 1/2 cup chopped sweet onion
 2 1/2 cups (1-inch) slices asparagus (about 1 pound)
 1 1/2 cups fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
 4 cups bagged baby spinach leaves
 1/2 cup (2 ounces) pre-shredded Parmesan cheese, divided
 1/4 teaspoon black pepper


1. Cook pasta according to the package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain; keep
2. Cook bacon in a large non-stick skillet over medium heat until crisp. Remove bacon
from pan; crumble. Add onion to drippings in pan; sauté 1 minute. Add asparagus
and broth to pan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 5 minutes or until
asparagus is crisp-tender. Add pasta, spinach, 1/4 cup cheese, and pepper to pan;
toss well. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup cheese and bacon.