Bow Ties with Asparagus and Prosciutto Recipe
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Bow Ties with Asparagus and Prosciutto Recipe

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For a main course, Jodi Trigg of Toledo, Illinois likes to serve a meal that lets the flavors of prosciutto and asparagus shine. With only five ingredients and a couple of tablespoons of water, Bow Ties with Asparagus and Prosciutto is as easy as it is elegant. “Add a dash of nutmeg for a change of pace,” suggests Jodi.
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TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1 package (16 ounces) bow tie pasta
  • 1-1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 pound fresh asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 6 ounces thinly sliced prosciutto or deli ham, cut into strips

Nutritional Facts

1-1/3 cup: 573 calories, 29g fat (17g saturated fat), 112mg cholesterol, 689mg sodium, 58g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 3g fiber), 22g protein.


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, bring cream to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 6-7 minutes or until slightly thickened.
  2. Place asparagus and water in a microwave-safe dish. Cover; microwave on high for 3-4 minutes or until crisp-tender. Drain.
  3. Drain pasta and place in a large serving bowl. Add the cream, asparagus, Parmesan cheese and prosciutto; toss to coat. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Bow Ties with Asparagus and Prosciutto in Simple & Delicious July/August 2007, p19

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.

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heaty89 User ID: 6675815 225873
Reviewed May. 4, 2015

"Very simple and surprisingly good! I used leftover ham and it still tasted fine. I didn't have shredded Parmesan, and used the stuff from the can. It turned out fine. Though I know it would be better with fresh shredded Parmesan!"

linsvin User ID: 1584655 161644
Reviewed Jul. 7, 2014

"This was super easy to prep, I did sauté 2 cloves of garlic and added it to the cream. Fantastic!"

sgronholz User ID: 1473861 145360
Reviewed Jun. 28, 2014

"This recipe was so easy to prepare! My husband and I really enjoyed it and I will definitely be making it again."

angelasandoval User ID: 2401339 161643
Reviewed Apr. 9, 2012

"Simple recipe with flavorful results...and so quick to put together! I did add 3 small chicken breast halves, thinly sliced and sauteed in a skillet, adding a 3.5 oz pkg of proscuitto the last couple of minutes cook time. Because I added extra meat, I increased the heavy cream by an extra 1/2 c. Prepared as directed otherwise. When asparagus no longer in season will continue to use this recipe with other veggies and maybe sprinkled with fresh basil or parsley."

TCD1 User ID: 6008964 66436
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2011

"This was something else... I enjoy cooking with spices and only when I started to prepare the meal did I realize it does not call for any. At first I was tempted to add a bit of Rosemary or even garlic, but I decided not to and simply sprinkled a little bit of Mrs Dash over the asparagus before I popped it into the microwave. I used frozen asparagus, because fresh is a lot more expensive. I cooked it in the microwave for 6 minutes before I added it to the pasta. I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised, even without the spices it tasted really good. I would not substitute the ham for chicken though, as chicken does not have the strong taste of ham and would make the meal taste bland. I gave it a four though, because it's not all that special, but I will make it again, because it is super easy and really cheap."

916chick User ID: 5848612 74078
Reviewed Mar. 3, 2011

"This receipe is GREAT! You can use chicken instead if you want. I also add crumbled bacon and garlic too."

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