Penne with Ham and Asparagus Recipe

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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)
Container: Large saucepan and skillet
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  • 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.
Note: 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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