This is a simple dish to enjoy any time of the year, and it's especially delicious with fresh spring asparagus. If you're looking for a fast meal that will truly satisfy, this is an excellent choice. Serve this great tasting pasta dish with a tossed salad and rolls.
- 2 cups farfalle or mini farfalle (bowties)
- 1 bunch asparagus (trimmed and cut in 1-inch lengths, tips separated from the rest)
- 2 teaspoons butter
- 1 cup diced ham
- 2/3 cup heavy cream
- 3 tablespoons Parmesan cheese (good quality grated, plus more for serving)
- Salt and pepper (to taste)
Following package directions for time (adding a few extra cups of water to accommodate the asparagus), add the farfalle to the boiling water. Add the asparagus stalks about 5 minutes before the pasta is done. Add the tips about 2 1/2 to 3 minutes before the pasta is done. Drain well.
Saute the ham in the butter over medium heat. Add the cream and heat through.
Toss the hot drained pasta and asparagus with the ham and cream mixture; stir in the 3 tablespoons of Parmesan cheese and season with salt and pepper, to taste.
Serve with crusty bread, a simple salad, and extra Parmesan.