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Asparagus Ham Dinner

I've been making this low-fat ham dinner for my family for years, and we always look forward to it. With asparagus, tomato, pasta and chunks of ham, it's a tempting blend of tastes and textures. —Rhonda Zavodny, David City, Nebraska
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 2 cups uncooked corkscrew or spiral pasta
  • 3/4 pound fresh asparagus, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 medium sweet yellow pepper, julienned
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 6 medium tomatoes, diced
  • 6 ounces boneless fully cooked ham, cubed
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese


  • Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large cast-iron or other heavy skillet, saute asparagus and yellow pepper in oil until crisp-tender. Add tomatoes and ham; heat through. Drain pasta; add to mixture. Stir in parsley and seasonings. Sprinkle with cheese.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/3 cups: 204 calories, 5g fat (1g saturated fat), 17mg cholesterol, 561mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 3g fiber), 12g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1 lean meat, 1 vegetable, 1/2 fat.

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  • Ron
    Apr 29, 2020

    I had been looking for a good recipe to use for asparagus. I have made this several times my wife loves it. The only change that I made was to leave out the cayenne pepper and add some seasoned pepper. I used diced Roma tomatoes and added a little pasta water .

    Apr 15, 2020

    I added sautéed onion and garlic, Parmesan Regionno cheese and tomatoes that I canned this past summer. It was delicious!

  • Jordan
    Nov 23, 2019

    The jury was on out on this recipe. My boyfriend liked it but I hated it. Unfortunately it tasted like a lot of mismatched flavors and just was not really a good meal. I would not make this again which is super disappointing because I was looking forward to this meal. I feel like you should just make the ingredients separately and enjoy.

  • Pooch60
    Oct 17, 2019

    This recipe was very good and easy. The only thing I changed was to use one 14 oz can of diced tomatoes instead of fresh tomatoes. My husband and I both liked it. I will be making it again soon.

  • ateam2002
    May 19, 2019

    Loved this recipe although I did make some changes. i threw in some mushrooms and an onion and garlic. I didnt have fresh tomatoes so I used canned. I felt the spices needed to be punched up, so I doubled all the seasonings except the parsley. Delicious!! Will definately make again! Thanks for the great recipe!

  • aug2295
    Apr 24, 2019

    This dish was really easy to make and looked beautiful on the plate with all the colors. I did reduce the tomatoes by half and used red pepper instead of cayenne.

  • Judykmm
    Apr 3, 2019

    I have a question. What basic veggies would be good to substitute for the asparagus? Thank You in advance!

  • Mike
    Feb 5, 2019

    This recipe is terrible. I don’t ever rate anything. This might be the first time in my life and I made an account here just to warn you these psychopaths that gave this recipe 5 stars are clearly robots or have never tasted real food. This recipe is unseasoned plain pasta with some completely mismatched ingredients and basically no seasoning or flavor whatsoever. Just Cook asparagus and eat ham. Don’t put this trash together in some affront to the very idea of pasta. GROSS

  • Jessica
    Jan 19, 2019

    Great dish! I didn’t have parsley so I skipped it and added two tablespoons of ketchup and mikes red hot sauce. Such good flavor!

  • PrplMonky5
    Dec 31, 2018

    While I enjoyed the fresh taste of this dish, I still felt it lacked some seasoning. I didn't have fresh parsley so I used dry instead (doing the conversion, it should have been 4 tsp). I didn't have enough so I only did 3, which may be why it was a bit lacking (if so, that's my fault). I'll definitely be trying this again, with FRESH parsley next time and possibly increase the salt just a tad. I must have had large tomatoes, because after cutting up 3, that looked like plenty. I also used a "ham steak" which I diced. I think next time I will also use some minced or chopped garlic. I'll be doing this one again.