I love these little bundles of springtime— asparagus, pancetta, and parmesan cheese wrapped in flaky puff pastry.

Asparagus, Pancetta and Puff Pastry Bundles from completelydelicious.com

You guys know I have a sweet tooth that operates in overdrive, but sometimes I’ve just got to have something savory. And we’re approaching the time of year when fresh produce is so abundant and beautiful that my daydreams about fruit and vegetables rival those of cookies and cakes.

I know, who am I?

The other day I dreamed up this little combination to use up all of the asparagus in my fridge, combining it with ham, puff pastry and cheese, and couldn’t wait to make it a reality.

Asparagus, Pancetta and Puff Pastry Bundles from completelydelicious.com Asparagus, Pancetta and Puff Pastry Bundles from completelydelicious.com
Asparagus, Pancetta and Puff Pastry Bundles from completelydelicious.com

These little bundles are super simple. Nothing complicated here. All you need is some store-bought frozen puff pastry, fresh asparagus, pancetta, parmesan cheese, and a little olive oil. Feel free to use bacon or even thin deli ham in place of the pancetta if you’d like. And if you’ve got a different cheese in the fridge you’d rather use up, be my guest. Simplicity is the name of the game.

I can imagine that (if you can hold off making them until then) these bundles would be a perfect Easter appetizer or side dish.

Asparagus, Pancetta and Puff Pastry Bundles from completelydelicious.com

How to choose asparagus

When shopping for asparagus, look for these signs:

>> Asparagus should be firm to the touch.

>> The tips of the asparagus should be mostly tightly closed and dark green with a hint of purple.

>> Asparagus should have a bold green color.

Specifically for this recipe, look for asparagus with thicker stocks. This will ensure the asparagus doesn’t get overcooked in the oven waiting for the puff pastry to bake.

Asparagus, Pancetta and Puff Pastry Bundles from completelydelicious.com

Asparagus, Pancetta and Puff Pastry Bundles
Bundles of asparagus, pancetta, parmesan cheese and puff pastry. Use frozen puff pastry to make this a super simple appetizer.
Yield: 8 bundles
  • 1 small bunch (about ½ lb, 225 grams) asparagus, woody ends removed
  • ¼ cup (30 grams) parmesan cheese, grated
  • 8 slices (2 oz, 56 grams) pancetta (see Note)
  • 1 sheet puff pastry, thawed if frozen
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 large egg + 1 tablespoon water, for egg wash
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper.
  2. Out a lightly floured surface, roll the puff pastry out to a large rectangle about about twice its size. Square off edges and cut into 8 squares or rectangles.
  3. Toss asparagus in olive oil and sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper.
  4. To make the bundles, take a square of puff pastry and brush with egg wash. Place slice of pancetta on top, followed by 3-4 stalks of asparagus (depending on size) and parmesan cheese. Wrap pancetta around asparagus, then wrap with the puff pastry. Make sure the puff pastry overlaps some and press to seal. Brush puff pastry with more egg wash.
  5. Bake until puff pastry is golden and puffed, about 12 minutes. Serve immediately.
Note: Use can substitute bacon or deli ham for the pancetta, if desired.

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16 Responses to Asparagus, Pancetta and Puff Pastry Bundles

  1. These little bundles look amazingly delicious! Can’t think of anything better to welcome Spring!

    xo, Elisa

  2. Annalise,
    Love asparagus and pancetta. Great combo. Pinned.

  3. These bundles are great for a nice family dinner. Plus they are super easy.

  4. This is why you are awesome!! Even your savory stuff is kick ass! Love!

  5. Priya says:

    Speechless, those puff pastry bundles are just mindblowing.

  6. I would be jumping for joy if these were at our Easter table!
    Great photos, too! 🙂

  7. Meg Sylvia says:

    Yesterday I made asparagus wrapped in bacon. Let me tell you, I wish I saw this before I made those! These could not be more adorable with the puff pastry!!

    • Annalise says:

      Isn’t the asparagus-bacon combo incredible! And yeah, the puff pastry definitely makes it even better. Hope you get a chance to try it!

  8. Meredith says:

    I made these for neighborhood Easter Egg Hunt and everyone LOVED them. So easy and so delicious! Merci!

  9. karen says:

    It sounds like a great recipe for Easter. Can these be prepped before and put in refrig until needed? Or cooked and reheated before brunch.

    • Jan Lee says:

      Can you wrap these the night before? Then bake in the morning?

      • Annalise says:

        Hi Jan Lee! I’ve not tried a make-ahead option with these, so I can’t say for sure. But I think that you could prepare them the night before and be okay. I’d prep them and place them in the fridge on the sheet pan you’ll bake them on (covered with plastic wrap), and then just pop them in the oven the next morning.

  10. Ashley says:

    These look so good, I’m going to make them for Easter! Can you substitute the puffy pastry with crescent roll dough?

  11. Karen says:

    Making these for Easter brunch today, they look amazing!

  12. Jennifer says:

    Thank you so much for this reciepe! I made it for my first Easter brunch yesterday everyone was so impressed and I truly enjoyed these they where my favorite part of the whole meal!! Thank you!!!

  13. I made these for Easter brunch yesterday and we all loved them! I used prosciutto instead of pancetta and we gobbled them down. Delicious! Thanks for the inspiration!

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