Prosciutto wrapped asparagus takes a simple low carb vegetable and makes it just a little fancier and oh so delicious. The salty prosciutto crisps up as the asparagus turns tender-crisp. Such a simple low carb side dish! Just 1 net carb per bundle of asparagus!
My husband was seriously one of the pickiest people I knew when we first met.
He didn’t eat fruit. He didn’t eat vegetables aside from salad and corn (which, honestly, I don’t even consider a vegetable, but he totally did!), and most casseroles, cold salads, and anything mixed together was off the table.
I am so happy to report that he has grown to enjoy trying new foods and he actually usually loves them!
He even eats my chicken zoodle soup these days – noodles made of zucchini! I never would have imagined this when we first met.
One of the veggies that he enjoys is asparagus. Personally, I kind of think asparagus tastes like grass, but I’m always happy to try it prepared in new ways.
It’s safe to say that I’ve found my favorite asparagus recipe! Yes, I like this even better than my asparagus stuffed chicken, which is saying a lot because that one is yum!!
I love prosciutto with my whole heart. It’s salty meaty perfection. A bit of a cross between ham and bacon, if you’ve never tried it. 🙂
The prosciutto crisps up in the oven as the asparagus softens a bit. This tastes like it came from a fancy restaurant, but it’s seriously so simple and man, it’s good!
How to make asparagus wrapped in prosciutto:
First, we want to trim the ends of the asparagus – this is as easy as snapping the woody end off. Just grab a stalk of asparagus at the bottom with two hands and start bending. It will break right where it needs to! Kinda magical.
Once your asparagus is all trimmed up, grab some prosciutto and cream cheese.
I’m using plain cream cheese today, but chive and onion cream cheese works beautifully in this recipe too!
Smear a little cream cheese on a piece of prosciutto, lay a few spears of asparagus in the center and roll it up.
Seriously doesn’t get easier than this!
Pop this in a hot oven for about 12 minutes or until the asparagus is tender-crisp. Shake the pan about halfway through cooking to flip the little bundles over so both sides can get cooked evenly.
You’re ready to devour! These asparagus bundles are good served hot or at room temperature. Enjoy!
Grilled Asparagus Wrapped Prosciutto:
Oh yes, you can totally do this on the grill!
Proceed as directed in the recipe up until you hit the part where it goes in the oven.
Instead, grease your grill rack, heat your grill to a medium heat, and pop the asparagus right on the grill rack.
This will take about 10 minutes and you’ll need to turn the asparagus halfway through cooking.
More low carb side dishes:
Cucumber Salad: We love this simple salad any night of the week!
Green Olive Deviled Eggs: I know this sounds weird, but if you’re an olive fan, you have to try these deviled eggs!
Cauliflower Potato Salad: Loaded with cheddar and bacon – promise you won’t miss the potatoes!
Broccoli Salad: My favorite way to use up fresh broccoli! I make this on Sunday and eat it all week.
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- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 18 spears asparagus, trimmed
- 6 slices prosciutto
- 1 ounce cream cheese, room temperature
- 1 teaspoon cracked pepper
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Drizzle a sheet pan with olive oil.
- Lay the prosciutto out flat and smear each piece with a thin layer of cream cheese.
- Place a bundle of 3 asparagus spears in each piece of prosciutto and roll up.
- Place each bundle seam side down on the prepared baking sheet.
- Roast for 12 minutes, shaking the pan once halfway through cooking to turn the bundles.
- Serve hot or at room temperature.
When trimming asparagus, take one piece of asparagus and bend near the end until it breaks. This is the amount that you'll want to trim off. You can use that single piece as a 'template' for trimming the rest easily and quickly.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 bundles Serving Size: 1 bundle
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 102Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 25mgSodium: 785mgCarbohydrates: 2gNet Carbohydrates: 1gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 9g
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