This prosciutto sandwich with pears and herby Parmesan mayo is a simple but stunningly delicious sandwich that comes together in minutes.

Pumpernickel bread sandwich filled with prosciutto, sliced pears and mayo.

Prosciutto Italian Sandwich

In my house, it’s rare that prosciutto makes it “into” anything other than straight into my daughter’s belly. It’s been one of her very favorite foods since she started eating solids!

I try to limit her consumption so she doesn’t overdo it on the salt and fat intake, but let’s face it: she’s onto something. Prosciutto is delicious.

So every once in awhile I’ll splurge and buy TWO packages – one for my daughter to eat, and the second to actually make something with, like prosciutto pinwheels or Easter salad.

Today, I’m sharing one of my favorite simple sandwiches. All you need is bread, prosciutto, pears and an easy homemade herby-cheesy mayo.

The makings for a prosciutto sandwich recipe on a rustic wooden background, including bread, pears, mayonnaise, cheese and herbs.

Best Prosciutto Sandwich Ingredients

  • prosciutto – you will need thinly sliced prosciutto for this sandwich. The higher quality, the better, since there are so few ingredients in this sandwich. Prosciutto is great on an Easter charcuterie board and breakfast charcuterie board, too.
  • pear – 1 pear will make 2 sandwiches. I recommend a Green Anjou or Bartlett pear for this recipe. Savuer has a nice article on the many different types of pears, and what each one is best used for.
  • bread – I think the flavor of pumpernickel bread pairs (pun intended) well with these flavors, but you can use whatever type of bread you like best. Even brioche bread, if you have it on hand from ice cream French toast.
  • mayonnaise – something like Hellman’s. Definitely NOT Miracle Whip!
  • Parmesan cheese – grated Parmesan cheese will give the mayo a salty, cheesy bite. Extra Parm can be used to make potato cakes from mashed potatoes.
  • fresh herbs – I like a combination of rosemary and thyme for the herby mayo, but again, you can use what type of herbs you like best. Basil would also be good here (and in basil cocktails!). Any leftover herbs can be used in my summer beet salad recipe or to make the herb mayo for a smoked salmon BLT.
  • black pepper – a little bit of freshly cracked black pepper (from a pepper grinder) adds a nice kick to this sandwich.

How to Make a Prosciutto Sandwich

There are only two steps to the sandwich – making the flavored mayo, and then building the sandwich!

First, make the mayo by stirring together the mayonnaise, Parmesan cheese, herbs and black pepper. This step can be done up to two days in advance and kept in a covered container in the fridge.

Build the sandwich by laying out four pieces of bread and spreading the mayonnnaise on two of the pieces. Layer the prosciutto and pear slices onto the other two slices, and then put the sandwiches together and eat!

A prosciutto sandwich made with pears and pumpernickel bread on a rustic wooden tabletop.

Easy Prosciutto Sandwich Recipe FAQs

What to do with extra rosemary:

While fresh herbs really do make a world of difference in this sandwich, I know what it feels like to have to buy a whole package to only use a little tiny bit. Luckily, I have some ideas for how to use up the remaining fresh herbs.
With extra rosemary, you can make rosemary infused simple syrup and use it to make a variety of cocktails, including a rosemary gin cocktail, a grapefruit vodka cocktail with rosemary, and a bourbon rosemary cocktail.
If you’d rather cook something instead of make a bunch of cocktails, I recommend my sockeye salmon recipe (which also uses thyme!) or pork chops with applesauce with a side of mini Hasselback potatoes.

What to do with extra thyme:

For any extra thyme, I recommend trying my Brussels sprouts pizza, vegetarian quiche and cheesy corn casserole recipe.

Pumpernickel bread sandwich filled with prosciutto, sliced pears and mayo.

Prosciutto Italian Sandwich with Pears

Yield: 2 sandwiches
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

This prosciutto sandwich with pears and herby Parmesan mayo is a simple but stunningly delicious sandwich that comes together in minutes.


For the Herbed Parmesan Mayo:

  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1/4 teaspoon cracked black pepper

For the Prosciutto & Pear Sandwiches:

  • 4 slices pumpernickel bread
  • 1 pear, thinly sliced
  • 3 ounces thinly sliced prosciutto


  1. Make the Herbed Parmesan Mayo: In small bowl, stir together mayonnaise, cheese, thyme, rosemary and pepper.
  2. Make the Prosciutto & Pear Sandwiches: Layer prosciutto and pears onto two slices of bread. Spread Herbed Parmesan Mayo onto remaining two slices of bread and use those slices to top sandwiches.


Home Chef Tip: Don't want your pear slices to brown as quickly? Squeeze the juice of half a lemon into a small bowl and add 1/4 cup of cold water. As you slice the pear, dip each slice quickly into the lemon solution, then lightly pat dry on a paper towel.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 346Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 38mgSodium: 1537mgCarbohydrates: 34gFiber: 6gSugar: 9gProtein: 17g

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