Total TimePrep/Total Time: 20 min.
- 3 cups uncooked penne pasta
- 1 pound fresh asparagus, cut into 1-inch pieces
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1/2 pound cubed fully cooked ham
- 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- Shredded Parmesan cheese, optional
- Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, saute asparagus and onion in butter for 5-8 minutes or until asparagus is crisp-tender.
- Add the ham, cream, pepper and salt; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cook over low heat for 1 minute. Drain pasta. Add to the asparagus mixture; toss to coat. If desired, top with shredded Parmesan cheese.
Nutrition Facts1-1/2 cups: 389 calories, 21g fat (12g saturated fat), 75mg cholesterol, 617mg sodium, 37g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 3g fiber), 16g protein.
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May 19, 2019
After reading all the other reviews I did my best to ramp up the flavor of this dish. I used cubed swordfish in place of the ham, tossing it in spicy seafood seasoning before adding it to the skillet along with a couple of cloves of minced garlic. No thrill. It wasn’t bad, but I won’t prepare it again.
Apr 25, 2019
So easy and so very good. I had leftover spiral sliced ham from Christmas so my ham was not in chunks like the picture and I only had rigatoni, not penne noodles,, but otherwise I followed the recipe exactly. I did add some big parmesan cheese pieces on top at the end and I really think that was what put the whole recipe over the top.
Jan 4, 2017
We thought this was pretty good, but a bit bland. Definitely a good light meal for spring time. I added in minced garlic and a little garlic salt, but that didn't seem to help much with the taste. After it was served we tried putting some shredded mozzarella on top and that did the trick. Next time I will do more garlic, and then melt some mozzarella in during the last step. I didn't use the full lb of asparagus because the ones I picked up were thin so 1 lb just looked like way too much. I also did about 3 1/4 C farfalle pasta instead of the penne. Overall, a decent dish, but needs to be modified a bit.
Feb 13, 2015
My husband really enjoyed this. Nice use for fresh asparagus, will definitely make again.,
Jan 19, 2015
It's only me I am cooking for and like the author are a nurse. It was fast and easy to prepare for dinner in order to avoid more caf? food. I used gluten free penne and it was delicious!
Apr 11, 2014
We had a lot of fun with this recipe. I brought all ingredients to prepare it at my sister's house. She had some fresh sliced mushrooms that needed using so we threw them in during the last half of the sautéing process. Then we decided to add some dry mustard since it always goes nicely with ham. Finally someone suggested making it cheesy so 3 slices of processed American cheese were added (because it melts so nicely). I must say it was quite a big hit. That being said, when I've made this recipe exactly as directed it was good, too. Agree about the need to add a little more cream.
Sep 29, 2011
I doubled the recipe since my family came for dinner. It was delicious!!! Even the grandkids like it.
May 26, 2011
Super easy to make and absolutely delicious! I made it exactly as is with no changes. A great way to use up leftover ham. All the flavors go together wonderfully!
Jun 22, 2010
Hands down this is our favorite asparagus recipe and use for left over ham recipe. The only thing two things I do different is not add the entire large onion, only about half and add more cream. This is the BEST recipe ever!
Jun 3, 2010
This is our new favorite aspargus recipie. I didn't know just a little cream made such a great sauce. I was successful in freezing some leftovers for a couple of weeks. I then reheated/steamed it in the microwave. I did add just a bit more moisture to do that