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Prosciutto pasta – quick recipe

Prosciutto pasta is a delicious first-course Italian dish easy and ready in 20 minutes for a tasty family lunch with little time to cook. Prosciutto is a very popular ingredient in Italian cuisine, and it’s usually present on pizza.

But pasta also makes use of prosciutto, and this dish is a good example of a tasty meal with this ingredient.

  • Prep: 5 minutes
  • Serves: 4 
  • Cook: 12 minutes
  • Difficulty level: easy 


  • 320 g Penne Rigate
  • 100 g sliced cooked prosciutto
  • 300 g fresh liquid cream
  • 25 g tomato sauce
  • parsley to taste
  • salt to taste
  • extra virgin olive oil to taste
  • black pepper to taste


First wash, dry, and finely chop the parsley.

Set aside and chop the prosciutto into thin strips.

Place a pan on the fire with plenty of water, and salt to taste, which will serve for cooking pasta.

Pour a drizzle of oil into a pan and add the prosciutto; let it brown for about a minute and add the cream. Mix everything, add the tomato puree, and cook for 10 minutes on low heat.

In the meantime, also cook the pasta and drain it, transferring it directly into the pan with the dressing.

Season with salt and pepper add the chopped parsley, mix everything and serve your penne pasta while still hot.


The penne can be enriched at will with the addition of seasonal vegetables such as:

  • peas
  • asparagus
  • chopped fresh spinach
  • zucchini or prawns
  • speck
  • bacon 

If you do not like the addition of tomato puree, you can replace it with fresh tomatoes. Just make sure they are browned and added later to the fresh cream.

Penne is the type of pasta recommended for this dish but you can use other varieties if you wish.

If you have unsliced prosciutto make sure to have a good knife and carefully slice it to obtain thin pieces.

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