Springtime Sauteed Asparagus with Bacon and Garlic Cream Sauce

Springtime Sauteed Asparagus with Bacon and Garlic Cream Sauce

Sauteed asparagus with bacon is the perfect side dish. Fresh asparagus spears are cooked in a pan until tender and slightly charred, then combined with crispy strips of bacon and a velvety cream sauce.

Spring has arrived, and with it a bounty of fresh asparagus! This bright green veggie is a seasonal star, with a crisp texture and distinct earthy flavor. While asparagus is delicious simply roasted or grilled, taking things one step further and smothering it in a rich garlic cream sauce makes it downright decadent. 

Add in some crispy bacon for a salty and savory punch, and you have an irresistible side dish that transitions well to be the star of the meal. This sauteed asparagus with bacon and garlic cream sauce is elegant enough for entertaining but quick enough for a weeknight dinner. The best part? You only need a handful of simple ingredients.

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Basket of fresh asparagus spears

Tips for success: Fresh asparagus stalks are firm, straight, and smooth. They should be a rich green color with a small amount of white at the bottom of the spear. A dull green hue and wrinkles in the stems are an indication of old age. Here is a Guide to Buying Asparagus and Keeping it Fresh

Let’s Gather Up the Ingredients

Organizing all your ingredients ahead of time not only streamlines the cooking process but also ensures you have everything required to complete the dish successfully. You can find the exact amounts in the recipe card below. 

  • Asparagus spears 
  • Bacon– I like to use thick cut bacon for this recipe, but bacon is still bacon and all of it is good!
  • Garlic– minced
  • Heavy cream
  • Dijon mustard
  • Parmesan cheese– freshly grated
  • Lemon zest and juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Now let’s get cooking

Cut the asparagus into 1-inch pieces. (See note below for how to prepare the asparagus)

Asparagus sliced into 1-inch peices

Slice the bacon into lardons.

Slice bacon into lardons

Cook the sliced bacon in a skillet over medium heat until crispy. Remove bacon to a paper towel-lined plate, reserving 1 tablespoon of the bacon grease in the skillet.

Bacon lardons sizzling in a pan for sauteed asparagus with bacon

Add the minced garlic to the skillet and cook for 1 minute until fragrant.

Garlic sauteeing in a pan

Add the bite-sized asparagus pieces to the skillet and saute for 3-5 minutes until crisp-tender.

Asparagus and garlic sauteeing in a pan

Pour in the 1/2 cup heavy cream and Dijon mustard. Bring to a simmer and cook for 2-3 minutes until slightly thickened.

Add cream, mustard, and parmesan for sauteed asparagus with bacon

Stir in the parmesan, lemon zest, and lemon juice until melted through. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Return the bacon to the skillet and toss to coat everything in the flavorful garlic cream sauce.

Asparagus tossed with bacon and cream sauce

How to serve

Serve this rich and flavorful sauteed asparagus immediately while piping hot. The brightness of the asparagus is tempered by the velvety cream sauce with punches of savory garlic, mustard, and salty bacon in every bite. It makes a wonderful side for steak, chicken, or fish, but is substantial enough to be the main dish when paired with some crusty bread.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I substitute asparagus with another vegetable?

Yes, green beans or broccoli florets would be good options. Adjust the cooking time based on the chosen vegetable.

What’s the best way to prep the asparagus?

Rinse the asparagus and snap off the woody base of each spear by gently bending it until it breaks naturally at the woodier end. Then slice the spears into 1-inch pieces.

Is this recipe low-carb?

Yes, this recipe is relatively low in carbs, making it a great option for low-carb or keto diets. The asparagus provides nutrients and fiber, while the heavy cream, parmesan, and bacon keep it indulgent yet low-carb.

finished sauteed asparagus with bacon in a white bowl

This springtime Sauteed Asparagus with Bacon and Garlic Cream Sauce offers a delightful combination of fresh seasonal flavors and luxurious textures. With its quick preparation and elegant presentation, it’s a recipe that’s sure to become a staple in your weeknight repertoire.

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Asparagus with bacon and garlic cream sauce in a white bowl

Springtime Sauteed Asparagus with Bacon and Garlic Cream Sauce

Spring is here! Celebrate with this light & flavorful asparagus dish. Tender asparagus sauteed with crispy bacon & bathed in a creamy garlic sauce. Perfect for any weeknight meal!
5 from 6 votes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 190 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 bunch asparagus woody stems removed and spears cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 4 slices bacon chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Cook the chopped bacon in a large skillet over medium-high heat until crispy. Remove the bacon to a paper towel-lined plate, reserving about 2 tablespoons of the bacon fat in the skillet.
  • Add the minced garlic to the skillet and cook for 1 minute until fragrant.
  • Add the asparagus to the skillet and saute for 3-5 minutes until crisp-tender.
  • Pour in the heavy cream and dijon mustard. Bring to a simmer being sure to scrap up all of the bacon drippings from the bottom of the pan. Cook for 2-3 minutes until slightly thickened.
  • Remove cream sauce from heat and stir in the parmesan until melted through. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Return the bacon bits to the skillet and toss to coat everything in the luxurious garlic cream sauce.

Notes

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6 thoughts on “Springtime Sauteed Asparagus with Bacon and Garlic Cream Sauce”

  • 5 stars
    I made this asparagus with dinner last night and it was wonderful! Definitely a new go-to side dish for me!

  • 5 stars
    The asparagus is cooked perfectly and the bacon adds a great crunch. The garlic cream sauce ties everything together beautifully. A must-try springtime dish!

  • 5 stars
    I’ve been craving asparagus, and it was finally on sale this week! I went immediately to try this recipe. So good. I’d never done asparagus with bacon before, but it’s definitely a new favorite.

  • 5 stars
    This side is easy and impressive at gatherings! It’s a hit too! A delicious new way for me to make asparagus. Thank you!

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