Penne with Ham and Asparagus Recipe
The ham and asparagus provide this pasta dish with a fresh and delicious flavor that will leave you wanting more. This dish contains just simple ingredients but they combine for an irresistible taste.
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8 ounces penne pasta
12 ounces fresh asparagus
4 ounces cooked ham or Canadian bacon
2 tablespoons butter or margarine
1 cup cream (heavy, light, or 1/2) whatever you have inch the house.
Parmesan cheese (approximately 3/4 cup)
:Large saucepan and skillet
Wash the asparagus; break off rough ends and cut into 1 inch lengths leaving the tips whole.
Cut the ham into strips 1/2 inch thick.
Cook pasta in large pot filled with water for 10-12 minutes.
Bring a large skillet of water to boil, adding a pinch of salt. Add the asparagus and cover pan. Cook no more than 2 minutes. Drain and allow to cool.
Using the same skillet, melt the butter and add the ham and asparagus. Cook briefly to evaporate the liquid.
Add the cream and bring to a boil; cook for 4-5 minutes to thicken cream.
Drain pasta and rinse under hot water.
Toss the pasta in a bowl with the sauce and stir in Parmesan cheese to taste. Top with a grind of pepper.
You may substitute broccoli spears or peas for asparagus; if using peas, you do not need to precook them.
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"Delicious! The ham and asparagus really added great flavor. We all loved it. Even the kids liked it. Next time I will have to double the recipe because we could have eaten more."
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