I LOVE fettuccine, and when made with a bit of leftover ham it takes on a heartiness and richness so filling there isn't room for dessert!

Recipe Summary

prep:
5 mins
cook:
15 mins
total:
20 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente. Stir asparagus into pot in the last five minutes of cooking; drain.

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  • While pasta is cooking, heat butter and cream in a medium saucepan over medium heat. When mixture begins to bubble, stir in Parmesan, garlic powder, pepper and cayenne. Continue cooking until mixture thickens, stirring occasionally. Stir in ham and heat through.

  • Toss pasta and asparagus with sauce and serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts

754 calories; protein 20.9g 42% DV; carbohydrates 45g 15% DV; fat 55.9g 86% DV; cholesterol 179.3mg 60% DV; sodium 785.4mg 31% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
04/17/2006
Delicious although I used previous reviewers' tips to modify this recipe. I sauteed chopped onions & mushrooms (1/3 C. each) in butter & crushed garlic then removed pan from heat and added the ham 1/3 C. chopped artichoke hearts and the cooked asparagus (cut into smaller chunks btw). To cut fat I used 2% milk (with 1 1/2 Tbsp. flour to thicken) then stirred the sauce into the veggie-ham mix before adding the whole thing to the cooked pasta. Tip: Top each serving with ground black pepper & slivers of fresh parmesan-- YUM! PS-- Made more like 6-8 servings for us. Great for freezing! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
03/31/2005
I'm compromising with my husband on this one. I didn't care for it at all (WAY too rich, even using half and half instead of heavy cream), but my husband thought it good. If I make this again (doubtful), I'd definitely use regular milk, half the butter and go from there. Read More
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137 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 92
  • 4 star values: 35
  • 3 star values: 8
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
04/17/2006
Delicious although I used previous reviewers' tips to modify this recipe. I sauteed chopped onions & mushrooms (1/3 C. each) in butter & crushed garlic then removed pan from heat and added the ham 1/3 C. chopped artichoke hearts and the cooked asparagus (cut into smaller chunks btw). To cut fat I used 2% milk (with 1 1/2 Tbsp. flour to thicken) then stirred the sauce into the veggie-ham mix before adding the whole thing to the cooked pasta. Tip: Top each serving with ground black pepper & slivers of fresh parmesan-- YUM! PS-- Made more like 6-8 servings for us. Great for freezing! Read More
(78)
Rating: 5 stars
05/18/2007
I've been making this recipe for years now. I dice up a steak of ham. I line a small glass baking dish heavily with foil. I put in the ham and add 2T Butter, 2T Honey, 3T Brown Sugar. I put it in a preheated oven at 350 and I let the butter and sugar melt together. I wrap the foil into a ball and let the ham get carmalized. I take the ham out of the foil and add it to the pasta sauce. YUM YUM YUM! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
03/31/2005
I'm compromising with my husband on this one. I didn't care for it at all (WAY too rich, even using half and half instead of heavy cream), but my husband thought it good. If I make this again (doubtful), I'd definitely use regular milk, half the butter and go from there. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/31/2003
Tried this for leftover ham and it was delicious. My husband gave it thumbs up. Although this is rich in calories and fat it is an easy dish to make. I used fresh garlic instead of the powder which gave it added flavor....and light cream which was fine. Would make again........... Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/27/2010
Excellent and easy. Made variations many times. Can substitute Broccoli for the Asparagus. Can substitute Chicken or Shrimp for the Ham. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/13/2006
Very good. I used skim milk (thickened with flour) instead of cream. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/14/2003
I had made some chicken stock. so I substituted the cooked chicken for the ham. Also added some mushrooms and onions. Used 1% milk and thickened with a little flour. Wonderful! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/14/2003
This was great. Even my picky 5 yr old thought it was good. This is a keeper. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/13/2010
This recipe is great. I'm not a huge Asparagus fan and I still liked this. The cooking directions for the Asparagus was perfect. The only thing I added was to put it in a casserole dish sprinkle with seasoned bread crumbs and Parmesian cheese then place under a broiler for just about 5 minutes to brown. Yummy. Read More
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