Summer Fresh Pasta with Tomatoes and Prosciutto Recipe -
Summer Fresh Pasta with Tomatoes and Prosciutto Recipe
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Summer Fresh Pasta with Tomatoes and Prosciutto

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"A quick, easy, and flavorful fresh pasta dish that showcases the summer's garden bounty! This recipe came about in an effort to use up a few more of those wonderful home-grown tomatoes and fresh basil. Everything was on hand and was easy to throw together. For garlic lovers, the second time I made this dish I used a garlic-infused olive oil; amazing! A crisp green salad is the perfect accompaniment. Enjoy!"

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    10 mins

    25 mins


  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a rolling boil. Cook angel hair pasta at a boil until tender but still slightly firm, 4 to 5 minutes. Drain the pasta, reserving 1 cup of the cooking water for later use. Transfer the drained pasta to a large serving bowl.
  2. Place tomatoes in a bowl; season with sea salt and black pepper.
  3. Pour 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil over the tomato mixture and gently toss; set aside.
  4. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a small skillet over medium heat.
  5. Cook and stir sliced shallot in the hot oil until just becoming translucent, 1 to 2 minutes.
  6. Stir garlic into the shallot; continue cooking and stirring 1 minute more. Remove the skillet from heat.
  7. Assemble the dish by adding the tomato mixture, the shallot and garlic mixture, and the prosciutto to the pasta; toss to combine. Use the reserved water from cooking the pasta to make it easier to mix.
  8. Top the pasta dish with basil and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese to serve.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
May 03, 2012

This is my recipe and I just noticed the directions were changed by AR. The first part of cooking the pasta really should be done at the last minute. It's important to make the tomato mixture and let is sit a bit so the salt draws some of the juice out of the tomatoes and creates more 'sauce'. Of course, you'll need juicy tomatoes to start! The step with the pasta water was only intended to be used if you needed more sauce, please don't dump it all in!

Most Helpful Critical Review
May 27, 2012

I made this salad with whole wheat pasta. The salad was a nice change, not heavy but light and refreshing. Next time I will put more garlic and try it with bacon. My family really enjoyed it.

Aug 31, 2012

Recipe Group Selection: 25, August 2012 ~ FANTASTIC selection this week!! Definitely a "must try". I chopped my tomatoes (didn't bother seeding) in the morning and added the sea salt, pepper and EV olive oil - then refrigerated it all day. I set it on the counter for about 2 hours before using them to come to room temp. By doing so, it created enough broth that I didn't need the pasta water when mixing it all together. I had never tried, nor bought prosciutto before. My husband and I both really enjoyed it. This meal came together quickly and made for a pretty presentation. I served it with a toss salad and rolls. We both LOVED it and will be having it again soon with all the tomatoes we have left in the garden. DH said the leftovers were great for lunch the next day, always a plus. Thanks Wyattdogster for sharing this recipe. It is a "winner"!

Aug 21, 2012

I followed the submitters advice and started with the tomato mixture and made the pasta last. To avoid the possibility of tough skins, I peeled my garden tomatoes by scalding for 30 seconds and then placing in cold water - the skins slipped right off. I was a little leary of adding the full amount of oil called for even though olive oil is the healthy oil but I did as the directions stated and didn't regret it. The tomato mixture made enough of its own juice that the addition of the pasta water was not necessary for me. I didn't have shallots so I diced up some onion instead. Followed the rest of the instructions as indicated and topped with Parmesan cheese. I had never had prosciutto before and although I didn't care for the proscuitto on its own, it was a good addition to this recipe. I loved the simplicity of this recipe and the light fresh flavor. What could be better than fresh tomatoes and basil in the summertime? Thanks for the tasty recipe Laurie!

Aug 30, 2012

I made this recipe as part of the AR weekly recipe group selection. I have to say this dish well exceeded my expectations. I didn't have any fresh garden tomatoes and had to buy from the grocery store. The nicest looking tomatoes were plum tomatoes. I chopped them up with seeds, skins and everything nature gave them. I let them sit with the basil at room temperature for a good two hours in the olive oil. Luckily these were exceptional tomatoes and I was amazed at how much juice they made. I had no need for the extra water. I've never had prosciutto but was happy to find fresh sliced to order in the deli of our grocery store. My son had his girlfriend over and all four of us ate every last bite. This was really an easy summer meal, so few ingredients and yet so full of satisfying flavor in every bite. I certainly will make this again and again. Thanks Wyattdogster, I would never have thought this one up on my own. Just wonderful!

Sep 05, 2012

Delicious and light! I cut the 1/3 cup of olive oil back to a scant 1/4 cup to save a few calories, and I still had no need for the pasta water. I definitely agree with the reviewers who recommended putting the sauce ingredients together an hour or two ahead of time at room temperature to let the flavors combine. My daughter couldn't keep her fork out of the bowl - I thought I wasn't going to have anything left for dinner! She said it tasted just like bruschetta. I used the campari tomatoes they sell at Costco and they worked great.

Aug 30, 2012

Recipe Group selection 8/25/12.My friend gave me several heirloom tomatoes, fresh off the vine and a pattypan squash. I had planned to prepare this as per the recipe but had to stretch it in order to feed unexpected guests. I prepared the tomatoes as written, then I cut the pattypan squash and sauteed it in a mixture of butter and EVOO with 4 cloves of garlic and half a large sweet onion, diced. When the vegetables were almost ready I added my pancetta, which was diced, to just crisp it a bit and boiled my pasta. At this point I added my tomatoes and the pasta to the pan and tossed it all together. I served it on individual plates with freshly grated parmesan and fresh ground black pepper. I didn't need any additional water. This was very well received, in fact, I thought my son in law was going to lick his plate. Thanks wyattdogster for a great meal that we will have as long as my plant keeps giving me basil and I still can get best quality tomatoes.

Oct 24, 2012

Excellent recipe!!! But I prefere to do it with Spanish iberico ham, Prochiutto is good but pata negra ham is something else, at least the one I buy online in . They have some kind of ham bites idela for salads like this, and the taste is strong and juicy.... delicious!!! Thanks for the recipe guys!!!


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  • Calories
  • 398 kcal
  • 20%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 36.1 g
  • 12%
  • Cholesterol
  • 20 mg
  • 7%
  • Fat
  • 23.3 g
  • 36%
  • Fiber
  • 3.1 g
  • 12%
  • Protein
  • 12 g
  • 24%
  • Sodium
  • 683 mg
  • 27%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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