Pasta with Asparagus and Crispy Prosciutto

Pasta with Asparagus and Crispy Prosciutto

When pasta is the answer, consider reaching for COLUMBUS® Prosciutto and bucatini for a satisfying meal that’s ready in a half hour. Ribbons of sweet asparagus mingle with spicy garlic and crushed red peppers, while nutty parmesan offers an irresistible richness to the pasta. Our lean Prosciutto provides a savory flavor that blends perfectly with bright herbs to complete the dish.

4 Servings
prep time
Prep Time 15 minutes
cook time
Cook Time 15 minutes
total time
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 1/4 cups

    olive oil, divided

  • 1/2 cups

    dried breadcrumbs

  • 1

    (3-ounce) package COLUMBUS® Prosciutto, torn into small pieces

  • 2

    garlic cloves, minced

  • 1/4 teaspoons

    crushed red peppers

  • 1

    bunch asparagus, peeled into ribbons

  • 12 ounces

    bucatini, cooked and drained; ½ cup cooking liquid reserved

  • 2 tablespoons

    chopped chives

  • 2 tablespoons

    chopped Italian parsley

  • 1/2 cups

    shredded parmesan

  • Freshly cracked black pepper


  1. In large skillet over medium-high heat 1 tablespoon oil. Stir in breadcrumbs. Cook 2 to 3 minutes or until golden brown and crisp. Remove from skillet.

  2. In same skillet, add 1 tablespoon oil over medium-high heat. Cook prosciutto 3 to 4 minutes or until crisped. Stir in garlic and crushed red peppers. Stir in asparagus.  Cook 1 to 2 minutes or until asparagus is crisp tender.

  3. Add pasta to prosciutto mixture. Stir in chives, parsley and remaining oil. Add reserved pasta cooking liquid a tablespoon at a time to loosen mixture. Toss to combine. Divide among serving bowls. Top with breadcrumbs and cheese. Season with pepper.