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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 serving (1-1/3 cups) equals 573 calories, 29 g fat (17 g saturated fat), 112 mg cholesterol, 689 mg sodium, 58 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 22 g 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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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!"

Reviewed Jul. 7, 2014

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

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."

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."

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."

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