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Brie & asparagus carbonara

This is the Brie & asparagus carbonara recipe.

  • Prep: 15 min
  • Cooking: 15 min
Yields 4 Servings
brie asparagus carbonara


  • 2 bunches of asparagus (about ¾ lb – 350 g each) trimmed
  • 3 oz (90 g) mild or spicy pancetta finely diced
  • 4 cloves garlic chopped
  • 7 oz (200 g) Canadian Brie , rind removed, cut into pieces
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 3 oz (90 g) Canadian Brie cut into slices for garnish (optional)
  • Homemade Gouda asparagus pesto (optional)
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Cut asparagus in half or quarters lengthwise, depending on thickness. Set aside.

In a large skillet on medium heat, cook pancetta for 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook 1 more min.

Add asparagus and ¼ cup (60 mL) water to the skillet. Cook, covered, about 5 min or until asparagus begins to soften. Continue cooking, uncovered, for 3–4 min, stirring frequently.

Add Brie without rind to the skillet and let melt. Season with pepper and stir to coat asparagus well. 

Serve immediately. If desired, garnish with slices of Brie and Gouda asparagus pesto.


Health & wellness

The tip of the asparagus contains a higher concentration of nutrients than the base of the stem.

Cheese alternative: Canadian Camembert.

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Nutritional information

Per serving
Energy: 327 Calories
Protein: 23 g
Carbohydrate: 9 g
Fat: 23 g
Fibre: 4.1 g
Sodium: 733 mg

Top 5 Nutrients

(% DV*)
Calcium: 17 % / 191 mg
Folate: 64 %
Riboflavin: 43 %
Selenium: 39 %
Vitamin B12: 67 %