Creamy Pasta With Asparagus, Parmesan, and Crispy Prosciutto

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 20 mins

Another delicious meal from Cooks Country. Warm and inviting, simple to make and tastes delicious at dinner or forlunch. Simple to make and ingredients are readily available. Times overlap- made in under 30 min

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Bring 4 qts water to boil in largepot.(in the meantime) Heat oil in large nonstick skillet over med heat until just smoking. Cook prosciutto until lightly browned and crisp, (5 min) Transfer to paper towel lined plate to reduce fat. Add garlic to pan and cook 30 sec. Stir in cream and lemon juice and simmer until thickened, 3-5 minute.
  2. Add 1 tbsp salt and pasta to boiling water until just eginning to soften, 8 minute Add asparagus to pot and cook until tender and pasta become al dente (4 min).
  3. Reserve 1 c cooking water and drain pasta and asparagus, return to pot.
  4. Add sauce, 1/2 c reserved water, cheese, and basil to pot, toss to combine, add remaining water as needed.
  5. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Sprinkle with crunchy prosciutto.
  7. Serve. Delicious with crusty warm bread.
Most Helpful

5 5

I really thought I had reviewed it before as I have made it for the 4th time tonight. It is a wonderful dish, quick and easy enough for a family dinner yet the finished result would please almost any guest. I confess I reduce the pasta almost in half (for 2 of us) and keep the sauce the same as posted. :) There is enough prosciutto for carniverous DH to really enjoy it too! I do add more salt to the pasta water and put the asparagus in only for the last 2 - 3 minutes as we like our asparagus with some 'tooth' to it.
Having made this 4 times in the last 8 weeks you can see I think it is a keeper! Thanks so much for sharing this gem.

5 5

This is the perfect dish for impressing dinner guests. Creamy, cheesey and oh so delicious. I added a touch of crushed red pepper flakes for a little bit of heat. I think this would also be good with chopped cooked chicken breasts. It also reheats nicely. Made for Jan, 2010 Aussie/NZ Swap.

5 5

The flavor was out of this world. The sauce didn't thicken up for me and had a strange texture. All in all, I will make it again and see if I did something wrong. YUmmmm.