Asparagus Ham Dinner Recipe
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Asparagus Ham Dinner Recipe

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I've been making this low-fat meal for my family for years now, and it's always well received. With asparagus, tomato, pasta and chunks of ham, it's a tempting blend of tastes and textures. —Rhonda Zavodny, David City, Nebraska
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 2 cups uncooked spiral pasta
  • 3/4 pound fresh asparagus, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 medium sweet yellow pepper, julienned
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 6 medium tomatoes, diced
  • 6 ounces boneless fully cooked ham, cubed
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

Nutritional Facts

1-1/3 cups: 204 calories, 5g fat (1g saturated fat), 17mg cholesterol, 561mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 3g fiber), 12g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1 lean meat, 1 vegetable, 1/2 fat.


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large nonstick skillet, saute asparagus and yellow pepper in oil until crisp-tender. Add tomatoes and ham; heat through. Drain pasta; add to vegetable mixture. Stir in parsley and seasonings. Sprinkle with cheese. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Asparagus Ham Dinner in Light & Tasty February/March 2001, p29

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ConnieK User ID: 282614 77810
Reviewed Jun. 19, 2014

"I thought this was pretty good especially with all of the fresh ingredients. The cheese melted in with the liquid created by the veggies and made a really nice sauce. Quick and simple to make. This is a great summer recipe, gets you out of the kitchen fast. Thanks for sharing the recipe."

Melissasuzy User ID: 7206370 70970
Reviewed Mar. 30, 2013

"I decided to change the recipe up a bit. I didn't think there was enough flavor. I added 1/2 an onion and 2 cloves garlic, a dash of red pepper flakes and more oil. I also used canned diced tomatoes that had seasoning in it. With all the changes, it came out pretty yummy. I would try it again, but only with these changes."

deebieg User ID: 6830584 111916
Reviewed Aug. 23, 2012

"I only wish there were negative stars for this tasteless meal. There was absolutely no flavor. Good ham, wasted. Good asparagus, wasted. Good peppers, wasted. Good tomatoes, wasted. BLEH!"

MY REVIEW User ID: 4441258 90882
Reviewed Dec. 8, 2011

"I've made this recipe two times now, love the fresh ingredients used in it. It will continue to be one i make often."

bjsilve0 User ID: 172187 86054
Reviewed Oct. 28, 2011

"I am not a fan of asparagus but I thought this dish was excellent!"

aug2295 User ID: 4631582 29705
Reviewed May. 1, 2011

"This was so easy and everyone in my family liked it."

luckydime User ID: 5716686 35129
Reviewed Feb. 23, 2011

"My husband loved this recipe, but I did not care as much for it."

jillea User ID: 1763985 83935
Reviewed Aug. 3, 2010

"This is delish! I make it often and sometimes change up the pasta to Tri-colored Pasta and instead of ham I use crab meat."

briandean User ID: 2914082 34428
Reviewed Nov. 16, 2009

"This is so easy to make! I've made it twice now, and the second time I just used 2 cans of petite cut diced tomatoes, drained; instead of cutting the tomotoes. They cayanne pepper isn't really all that spicy, it adds a wonderful kick. If you're really watching your weight, I'd recommend using cooking spray instead of olive oil, whole wheat noodles, and leave out the cheese. But even as is, it's a pretty healthy recipe."

mjw User ID: 36658 29703
Reviewed May. 26, 2009

"This recipe is absolutely wonderful, especially when fresh asparagus is available. I had made it years ago when it was first published, and had forgotten about it. I made it yesterday for dinner and fell in love with it again. It's even terrific as a leftover. I'm forwarding to my daughter to use in her personal chef service. She is a registered dietician, and incorporates healthy, light meals into her weekly menu for the clients. I'm sure they will love it too.

I've been a fan of Taste of Home for years. Now my daughter and granddaughters are too.
MJW in Sparks, MD"

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