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5-Ingredient Penne with Prosciutto Parmesan Cream Sauce
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
15 mins

Whip up a delicious, authentic Italian dinner in less than 20 minutes with this 5-Ingredient Penne with Prosciutto Parmesan Cream Sauce!

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Parmesan Cream Sauce, Parmesan Cream Sauce for Pasta, Prosciutto Recipe
Calories: 530 kcal
Author: Blair
  • ¼ lb. sliced Prosciutto di Parma PDO, sliced into narrow strips
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream
  • 8 ounces penne pasta
  • ¼ cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano PDO cheese
  • Garnish: fresh chopped basil and parsley
  1. Cook penne pasta according to package instructions. Drain.
While the pasta cooks, prepare the sauce:
  1. Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add prosciutto and cook for about 3-4 minutes, stirring a couple of times. The prosciutto should be browned all over and slightly crispy.
  2. Add the heavy cream to the saucepan and cook over low heat, stirring frequently, until thickened and reduced by at least one-third (about 3-4 more minutes).

  3. Toss the cream sauce with the cooked penne, stir in grated cheese, and serve immediately. Garnish with fresh chopped parsley or basil and extra cheese, if desired.
Recipe Notes

This recipe yields 2 very large servings, or 4 smaller servings. If you're cooking for a big family, I suggest doubling the recipe.

Recipe adapted from Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking by Marcella Hazan

Nutrition Facts
5-Ingredient Penne with Prosciutto Parmesan Cream Sauce
Amount Per Serving (1 /4 of the recipe)
Calories 530 Calories from Fat 297
% Daily Value*
Fat 33g51%
Saturated Fat 17g106%
Cholesterol 86mg29%
Sodium 377mg16%
Potassium 204mg6%
Carbohydrates 43g14%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 13g26%
Vitamin A 750IU15%
Calcium 108mg11%
Iron 0.9mg5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.