Peeps I have a delicious garlic butter pasta recipe with prosciutto di Parma for you today inspired by my recent trip to a Parma Ham production centre. This garlic butter sauce for pasta is sooooooo good you’ll be making it over and over again any day of the week.
Spaghetti is so comforting and filling. As much as I enjoy my vegetables and Sierra Leonean flavours, a plate full of garlicky buttery spaghetti can be hard to beat. It’s so easy to make and serve for a crowd or just for your family.
I love making a quick garlic butter sauce to go with my spaghetti especially if I am in a bind and need a meal fast. Butter Garlic Pasta with Parma Ham is ready in less than 30 mins making it the perfect meal to feed your crowd whether it’s a busy weekday or the whole family is coming over last minute for dinner. We always have butter and garlic on hand making it the perfect sauce for my pasta. Spaghetti is a pantry staple in our house too.
Today I am topping my comforting meal with the perfect salty meat – proscuitto di Parma. It’s so good on its own but in my garlic butter pasta the Parma Ham adds the perfect amount of salty sweet meat flavour to an already great dish.
Top your pasta with your favourite parmesan cheese and herbs for more delicious Italian flavour. The mini chefs ate every last bite of this comforting meal.
Ready to make Parma Ham and Garlic Butter Pasta? Gather your ingredients and I’ll show you how….
How to Make Parma Ham and Garlic Butter Pasta Step by Step
- Cook the pasta till al dente, drain and set aside somewhere warm.
- Heat olive oil in a pot over medium heat and cook the ham for 2 mins. Remove the ham and set it aside.
- Then add butter to the same pot and cook over low-medium heat, until the butter is just melted.
- Next add the minced garlic and cook for about 3 min, until the garlic is fragrant but not burnt.
- Add in the cut tomatoes and the Parma Ham and fry for a minute or so, until the tomatoes just start to soften.
- Switch off the heat and stir in the warm pasta. Serve in bowls with all the extras you prefer.
Tips for Making Parma Ham and Garlic Butter Pasta
- This is a delicious but simple Italian recipe. Spice it up with red pepper chili flakes or add in parmesan cheese and chopped herbs for extra flavour to suit your taste buds
- Cut your Parma Ham into small slices to cook up quicker and to easily grab a slice with your fork full of spaghetti.
- I prefer spaghetti for this recipe but any shape pasta will work great with the garlic butter sauce and Parma Ham.
How to Customise Parma Ham and Garlic Butter Pasta
This recipe is the perfect Italian base to add more flavours too. From veggies to herbs, this simple delicious butter sauce for pasta will take well to any additions you may have in your pantry or fridge.
I love adding in a little chili pepper flakes to my butter sauce when serving but the mini chefs aren’t big fans. If you’re serving your Garlic Butter Pasta to children, try adding Parmesan cheese and chopped herbs when serving.
To make your Parma Ham and Garlic Butter Pasta with a little more veggies, add in spinach or zucchini! Zucchini will work well with the salty and sweet Parma Ham and spinach is super easy to cook without adding too much time to the overall process. The cook time will go up slightly but it’s a great way to sneak in some veggies to your kids.
What to Serve with Parma Ham and Garlic Butter Pasta
This Parma Ham And Garlic Butter Pasta is a complete meal in itself but below are a few suggestions of sides to go with it if you prefer
Weight Watchers Points in Parma Ham and Garlic Butter Pasta
There are 13 Freestyle Points in one serving of Parma Ham and Garlic Butter Pasta.
So guys before you head off to make yourself some delicious pasta can I tell you a little bit more about the rather awesome Parma Ham. I was lucky enough to be invited by the Parma Consortium to visit a Parma Production Centre.
Now if you know me you would know that Parma Ham would be one of my desert islands takes so you can probably guess how excited I was to be able to do this. Plus, the thought of actually being able to eat Parma Ham, all day and every day was just the bees knees.
Why You’ll Love Parma Ham
The first thing is that surprised me was the actual ingredients of Parma Ham. And guys wait for it……
Parma Ham is all natural and made with simple ingredients that everyone can understand – pork, salt, air and time. There are absolutely no additives to the Parma Ham as it’s prohibited by law. It’s just delicious natural prosciutto flavour in every package. Yeap, that it is.
The Parma Ham Process
And it was rather fascinating to see the whole process.
The pork used comes from one of ten regions in the northern or central area of Italy and only three types of pigs can be used: Large White, Landrace and Duroc. Only the best legs of pork are selected to be turned into Parma Ham.
These then go through a salting process which is done by a salt master and is the perfect amount of sea salt to begin the drying process at various temperatures and in the absolutely perfect conditions.
And just so you know, Parma ham must be cured for 1 year by law and sometimes up to 3 years.
But even better is the fact that the hams are then inspected by an independent inspector who has to stamps their seal of approval before the hams get designated as Parma Hams. So you know when you see that seal that you are getting only the best.
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I was a guest of the Parma Ham Consortium.
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Parma Ham and Garlic Butter Pasta
- 400 g (14oz) spaghetti
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 200 g Prosciutto di Parma Ham cut into smaller slices
- 6 tbsp slightly salted butter
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 12 baby plum grape tomatoes, cut in half
- Optional - grated Parmesan cheese and chopped herbs
- Cook the pasta according to the packet instructions, till al dente, drain and set aside somewhere warm.
- Heat olive oil in pot over medium heat and cook the cut up ham for 2 mins.
- Remove the ham and set aside. Add butter to the same pot and cook over low-medium heat until the butter is melted.
- Then add the minced garlic and cook for about 3 min, until the garlic is fragrant but not burnt.
- Add in the cut tomatoes and the Parma Ham and fry for a minute until the tomatoes just start to soften.
- Switch off the heat and stir in the warm pasta.
- Serve pasta in bowls and add any extras that you prefer.
- Top your finished Butter Garlic Spaghetti with Parmesan cheese and chopped herbs.
- Cutting the Parma Ham into slices will help the overall cook time and make eating with the spaghetti easier.
- The recipe calls for spaghetti but use any shape pasta you have in your pantry.