Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus (Paleo, Whole30, Keto)

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Prosciutto-wrapped asparagus is a culinary delight that marries the earthy freshness of asparagus with the savory richness of thinly sliced prosciutto. This easy appetizer features vibrant green asparagus spears enveloped in delicate paper-thin, salty Italian cured ham creating a perfect union of textures and flavors. As the asparagus roasts, the prosciutto crisps up, adding a delightful crunch to each bite creating a mouthwatering appetizer or side dish that is not only visually appealing but also a celebration of contrasting textures and tastes.
Keto Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus

Why Asparagus is So Good For You!

 
Asparagus is part of the lily family of plants and is formally known as Asparagus officinalis, which comes in white, green and purple varieties. This tasty and fragrant vegetable is full of nutrients and fiber and is a fabulous addition to any whole food diet!
 
Vitamins
  • Vitamin A (beta-carotene): Beta-carotene is a powerful antioxidant that neutralizes free radicals and reduces oxidative stress and is also converted to vitamin A in the body. Vitamin A is essential in the health of your eyes, skin, bones, kidneys, and lungs.
  • Vitamin B2 (riboflavin): Converts carbohydrates to adenosine triphosphate (ATP) which supports energy production [1].
  • Vitamin B9 (folate): This vitamin is essential in the production of your genetic material (DNA and RNA), supports metabolism, and works with other B vitamins in regulating homocysteine [2].
  • Vitamin C: A powerful antioxidant that reduces oxidative stress, improves the absorption of non-heme iron, supports the immune system, and healthy bones [3].
  • Vitamin K: Vitamin K1 is essential in your body’s clotting ability and is converted to vitamin K2 in your gut. Vitamin K2 is essential in maintaining healthy bones and skin.
  • Vitamin E: This essential fat-soluble vitamin is a powerful antioxidant that plays a role in reducing oxidative stress by neutralizing free radicals that may result in illness or disease. Vitamin E is essential in vision health, skin health, and reproductive health [4].
Minerals
  • Iron: The iron in pasta, like all plant sources of iron is non-heme iron. Iron is necessary in the production of hemoglobin, supports the endocrine system, and is necessary in growth and development [5].
  • Phosphorous: Supports healthy teeth and bones, muscle recovery after working out, and detoxification.
  • Potassium: An essential electrolyte necessary in nervous system function, metabolism, hydration, and in regulating your heartbeat.
  • Zinc: Essential in digestion, thyroid health, and a healthy immune system.
Fiber
 
Asparagus has a great amount of insoluble and soluble fiber to support a healthy digestive system and microbiome. The fiber in asparagus supports both healthy blood sugars and a healthy cardiovascular system.
 
Antioxidants
 
Quercetin is an antioxidant that reduces oxidation, fight inflammation, and supports a healthy immune system [6].
  • Isorhamnetin: a phytonutrient that acts as antioxidant to support heart health and is associated with the prevention of diseases such as diabetes and cancer.
  • Kaempferol: A polyphenol antioxidant that has shown to fight cancer, reduce inflammation, and reduce oxidative stress [7].
  • Glutathione: a powerhouse antioxidant that is created in the liver and found in many foods such as asparagus, and supports the creation of DNA, reducing oxidative stress, detoxification, and so much more [8].
Whole30 Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus

Is prosciutto Paleo and Whole30 friendly?

Prosciutto can be considered Paleo and Whole30 compliant, but it’s important to check the specific brand and product to ensure it meets the dietary guidelines. Both the Paleo and Whole30 diets generally emphasize whole, unprocessed foods, and prosciutto, being a cured meat, often fits within these guidelines.When following these diets, it’s essential to choose prosciutto without added sugars, preservatives, or other non-compliant ingredients. Some commercial varieties may contain additives or sugars during the curing process, so it’s crucial to read labels carefully.

In summary, prosciutto can be included in a Paleo or Whole30 diet as long as it aligns with the specific requirements of these eating plans, which emphasize the consumption of whole, unprocessed foods and the avoidance of certain additives and ingredients. Always double-check product labels and choose high-quality, minimally processed prosciutto to ensure compliance with these dietary guidelines.

Equipment

Rimmed Bar Pan
Chopping Block
Chef’s Knife
Microplane

Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus Ingredients

Makes 4-6
 
½-1lb Fresh Asparagus Spears*
1 Tbsp EVOO
½ tsp Fresh Ground Black Pepper
Fresh Lemon Zest and Wedges for garnish
 
*use 1-2 if really thin and small, if thicker use 1 per slice of prosciutto
 

How to Make Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus

 
1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
 
2. Rinse and dry the asparagus, snapping or cutting off the fibrous bottom of the stem.
 
3. Wrap 1-2 spears (depending on thickness) in 1 slice prosciutto and place onto a baking sheet.
 
4. Drizzle with EVOO and sprinkle with fresh ground black pepper.
 
5. Bake for 12-15 minutes until prosciutto is heated through and the asparagus is al dente.
 
6. Garnish with fresh lemon zest and lemon wedges.
 
Paleo Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus

Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus (Paleo, Whole30, Keto)

Amy Lippert
Prosciutto-wrapped asparagus is a culinary delight that marries the earthy freshness of asparagus with the savory richness of thinly sliced prosciutto. 
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 96 kcal

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  • Rinse and dry the asparagus, snapping or cutting off the fibrous bottom of the stem.
  • Wrap 1-2 spears (depending on thickness) in 1 slice prosciutto and place onto a baking sheet.
  • Drizzle with EVOO and sprinkle with fresh ground black pepper.
  • Bake for 12-15 minutes until prosciutto is heated through and the asparagus is al dente.
  • Garnish with fresh lemon zest and lemon wedges.

Notes

*use 1-2 if really thin and small, if thicker use 1 per slice of prosciutto

Nutrition

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Nutrition Facts
Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus (Paleo, Whole30, Keto)
Amount per Serving
Calories
96
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
9
g
14
%
Saturated Fat
 
2
g
13
%
Trans Fat
 
0.02
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
4
g
Cholesterol
 
11
mg
4
%
Sodium
 
107
mg
5
%
Potassium
 
113
mg
3
%
Carbohydrates
 
2
g
1
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
1
g
1
%
Protein
 
3
g
6
%
Vitamin A
 
294
IU
6
%
Vitamin C
 
2
mg
2
%
Calcium
 
12
mg
1
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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FAQs

 
Q: Can I use a Spanish speck in place of the prosciutto and keep it Paleo or Whole30 friendly?
A: Yes, I love speck, it’s like a smoked version of prosciutto, a little drier and so smoky. Just check the ingredients and ensure there is not added sugar or additives that are not compliant.
 
Q: Do I need to par boil or steam the asparagus before wrapping and baking them?
A: It really depends on how thick the asparagus spears are, if they are on the larger side, you may want to do this to ensure they are cooked through before serving, or you can cut them in half.
 
Q: Are prosciutto wrapped asparagus best served warm or cold?
A: I personally like to serve these at room temperature or right out of the oven, but it’s really your preference.

Q: Can I make prosciutto wrapped asparagus ahead of time?
A: Yes, I would recommend wrapping them and getting them ready for the oven and then storing in the refrigerator until you’re ready to bake and serve!

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