Macaroni with Prosciutto and Asparagus

Tender asparagus, prosciutto ham, sautéed white onion and Italian seasonings meld into an irresistible casserole coated with a blend of fresh whipping cream and Parmesan cheese.

Recipe makes 6 servings.


  • 1 ½ pounds small asparagus
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 2 medium onions, thinly sliced
  • ½ pound Prosciutto ham, diced
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 1 pound medium-size macaroni, such as penne pasta
  • 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • Additional Parmesan cheese


  1. Wash asparagus and cut tips off stalks. Fill a medium saucepan half full with salted water. Bring water to a boil. Add asparagus tips. Boil about 1 to 2 minutes or until tender but firm. Drain asparagus.
  2. Melt butter in a large skillet. When butter foams, add onions. Heat the mixture over medium heat until pale yellow. Add drained asparagus and ham. Sauté 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in cream. Simmer 2 minutes or until cream begins to thicken.
  3. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Fill a very large saucepan two-thirds full with salted water. Bring water to a boil. Add macaroni. Bring water back to a boil and cook macaroni uncovered until tender but firm to the bite, 8 to 10 minutes.
  5. Drain macaroni and place in skillet with sauce.
  6. Add 1 cup Parmesan cheese.
  7. Toss macaroni and sauce over medium heat until sauce coats macaroni, 20 to 30 seconds.
  8. Serve immediately with additional Parmesan cheese.

Helpful Tip

Prosciutto is the Italian word for “ham.” This Italian-style ham has been seasoned, salt-cured (but not smoked) and air-dried. Italian prosciuttos are designated prosciutto cotto, which is cooked, and prosciutto crudo, which is raw but ready to eat because of its curing. Look for golden pink, moist-looking prosciutto with pure white fat.