Usually, pasta dishes are considered cold-weather food, but they're so tasty and filling that they need to be eaten year-round! Enter Springtime Penne. It starts with crunchy asparagus, whose peak season is–you guessed it–spring, savory onions, salty ham, and rich, heavy whipping cream. Tossed into a buttery bed of penne pasta and sprinkled with parmesan cheese, Springtime Penne will have you rethinking seasonal mealtime standards!
Ingredients• 3 cups penne pasta, cooked • 1 pound fresh asparagus, cut into 1-inch pieces • 1 large onion, chopped • 1/4 cup butter • 1/2 pound ham, fully cooked and cubed • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream • 1/4 teaspoon pepper • 1/8 teaspoon salt • parmesan cheese, optional, to taste, shredded
In a large skillet, sauté the asparagus and onions in the butter until the asparagus is crisp and tender, about 5-8 minutes.
Add the ham, heavy whipping cream, pepper, and salt to the asparagus mixture. Bring to a boil.
Reduce to low heat and cook the asparagus mixture for 1 minute.
Add the asparagus mixture to the cooked pasta, tossing to coat.
Top the pasta with parmesan cheese.