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5-Ingredient Penne with Prosciutto Parmesan Cream Sauce

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
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Calories 530kcal
Author Blair Lonergan


  • 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


  • Cook penne pasta according to package instructions. Drain.

While the pasta cooks, prepare the sauce:

  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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.


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


Serving: 1/4 of the recipe | Calories: 530kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Cholesterol: 86mg | Sodium: 377mg | Potassium: 204mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 750IU | Calcium: 108mg | Iron: 0.9mg