Prosciutto-Wrapped Asparagus

Prosciutto-wrapped asparagus, roasted in the oven until crisp, is such an easy way to make your asparagus extra special. Great for Easter, Mother's Day, or any spring meal!

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Whenever I’m in the mood to give oven-roasted asparagus a little pizzazz – for Easter brunch or Mother’s Day, for instance — I wrap thin slices of prosciutto around the asparagus spears. This is such an easy way to make the roasted asparagus look fancy!

I also love how the salty flavors of the prosciutto complement the subtly sweet flavor of roasted asparagus.

Prosciutto-Wrapped AsparagusFor this dish, look for asparagus spears that are pretty thick (about 16 to 18 spears per pound). Thin asparagus spears are more difficult to wrap with the prosciutto and tend to dry out too easily in the oven.

To prepare the asparagus, snap off the rough, woody ends at the bottom of the spears. Sometimes, I’ll snap off as much as an inch and a half of the asparagus.

I don’t like seeing food go to waste, so usually save these piece for a stir-fry. (Peel off the rough exterior with a paring knife or vegetable peeler, then slice them into ½-inch pieces.)

Packaged prosciutto is usually sliced very thinly, so you may find that the slices rip apart as you take them out of the package. Don’t stress about it too much. Even a little torn, the prosciutto will still look great after cooking. If any pieces tear too much to use, you can just eat them as a snack!

I prefer serving the asparagus while it is still vibrant green, so I pull it out of the oven after 8 or 9 minutes of roasting. If you want the spears and prosciutto to be more crisp, leave the asparagus in the oven for a few minutes longer.

Sprinkle the roasted asparagus with lemon zest and freshly grated parmesan for extra flavor!

Prosciutto-Wrapped Asparagus Recipe

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  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings

Prosciutto is naturally salty, so you shouldn’t need to add any more salt to the asparagus.

If you want to make a bigger batch, just double up the ingredients in the recipe and use 2 large baking sheets for roasting.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound asparagus, preferably thick spears
  • 3 to 3 1/2 ounces sliced prosciutto
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Ground black pepper
  • Lemon zest, optional
  • Freshly grated Parmesan cheese, optional

Method

1 Heat the oven to 400F. Line a large sheet pan with parchment paper and set aside.

2 Prepare the asparagus: Rinse and pat dry the asparagus. Snap off the tough ends of the asparagus. Set asparagus spears aside. (Reserve the snapped ends for another meal, if you like.)

3 Wrap the asparagus with prosciutto: Cut prosciutto slices in half down their length. Wrap each spear of asparagus with one strip of sliced prosciutto. Tug the prosciutto a little as you wrap it around the asparagus to give it tension. This helps to ensure that the prosciutto wraps around the asparagus tightly.

Lay the wrapped asparagus spears on the lined sheet pan.

4 Drizzle the asparagus with 1 to 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Sprinkle a pinch of black pepper on top.

5 Bake the asparagus for 8 to 10 minutes. When done, the asparagus will be bright green and easily pierced with a fork, and the prosciutto will be crisped around the edges.

6 Serve the asparagus. Transfer the asparagus to a serving platter. Top with lemon zest and freshly grated parmesan cheese, if using. Serve immediately while hot.

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Lisa Lin

Lisa Lin is the writer and photographer behind Healthy Nibbles & Bits, where she shares simple, gluten-free recipes. She grew up in San Francisco and spent time living in China and Washington, D.C. before moving back to California. Her recipes are often inspired by her time in China and travel throughout Southeast Asia.

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5 Comments

  1. Brenda

    If only thin asparagus was available. I would double or triple them to wrap. I always try to get nice fat asparagus….meatier & more flavor. I also like to shave the ends like a pencil less waste. I cut 1/2 inch off then gently shave down into the tender white. It also looks nice.

  2. Stephanie @31Daily

    It seems like we’ve had asparagus every night this week — but can’t seem to get enough of it. But with all of its healthy compounds — it’s hard to leave alone! Love your recipe and so look forward to trying it this weekend!

  3. Alida @My Little Italian Kitchen

    Asparagus are delicious served with prosciutto. It makes a fab starter, easy to prepare and really moreish. Fantastic presentation!!

  4. Nicholas

    One of my favorite side dishes to make when we have company. It seems so fancy, but is really easy to make. I put ground pepper and parmesan on the prociutto before rolling 4-5 spears up in each sheet.

  5. Benny

    I absolutely love wrapping asparagus in anything. I usually sprinkle parmesan on top too just as it’s finishing up. Great post and great photos!

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