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Weekend Update - The Prosciutto Pasta Edition

>> Saturday, September 13, 2014

Weekend Update

This pasta dish has it’s origins in a Sunset cookbook I picked up at Powell’s probably 20 years ago. It appears to be out of print but there are used copies out there.

Fresh Ways With Pasta includes a recipe called Linguine with Prosciutto and Olives. I’m not sure what ever prompted us to try this dish because it just seemed like such a weird combination but it quickly became a favorite of ours.

The recipe as in the book is included at the bottom of this post

Over the years we have modified this mostly by increasing the amount of toppings. We also use dried pasta. A bit more of each ingredient than the recipe originally called for makes for a better balance. We have also discovered that the leftovers reheat well in the microwave so making more than we can finish in one meal is not a problem at all.

Start with Pasta, Green Onions, Prosciutto, Pimento Stuffed Green Olives, and Cherry Tomatoes.
(as always - click on the images for a larger version)

A note on the prosciutto: Have the meat department slice it a bit thicker than they normally slice prosciutto. You’re going to chop it up and give a quick sauté and if it’s too thin it’ll just disintegrate.

Chop up the prosciutto, onions and cherry tomatoes. Drain the olives.

Heat up some olive oil and sauté the prosciutto for just a little bit. Add the onions and keep stirring.

When the onions have softened up a bit toss in the olives.

This will take a few minutes to heat them up. I wait until The Hubster is draining the pasta to add the cherry tomatoes. They only take a little bit of warming up and then it’s time to pour the toppings on the pasta.

Add Parmesan or my preference which is a blend of Parmesan, Romano and Asiago that my local market carries.

We usually have a Grenache or Pinot Noir Rose with this dinner.

Edenvale Grenache and Matello Pinot Noir Rose

Here’s the original recipe which in my opinion doesn't have enough of any of the toppings. It’s kind of weird but so yummy.

Linguine with Prosciutto and Olives, Courtesy: “Fresh Ways with Pasta”

The fragrance and sweet-salty flavor of prosciutto permeate this dish and mingles with the stuffed olives, linguine and bright cherry tomatoes.

8 ounces dry linguine (or one package 9 ounces fresh linguine)
2 ounces thinly sliced prosciutto, cut into 1/4 inch wide strips
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 cup thinly sliced green onion (including tops)
1 (3 ounce) jar pimento stuffed olives, drained
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
½ cup grated parmesan cheese


In a 5 to 6-quart pan, cook linguine in 3 quarts boiling water until al dente (8 to 10 minutes for dry pasta, 1 to 2 minutes for fresh pasta), or cook according to package directions.
Drain well and transfer to a warm serving bowl.
While linguine is cooking, heat oil in a medium-sized frying pan over medium-high heat. Add prosciutto and cook, stirring often until lightly browned (about 3-4 minutes).
Add onions and cook, stirring, until they begin to soften (about 2 minutes).
Add olives and tomatoes and cook, shaking pan often, until olives are hot (about 2 more minutes).
Pour prosciutto mixture over linguine and mix lightly using two forks.
Transfer to a warm serving bowl.
Sprinkle cheese on top to taste.

Hope you’re having a great weekend!

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Beth F 9/13/2014 6:53 AM  

I'm not sure I've had this exact combo on pasta, but since I like the individual ingredients, why wouldn't I like them together? Plus this dish is so pretty and really easy. Adding it to my try list.

Sarah (Sarah's Book Shelves) 9/13/2014 9:35 AM  

I love prosciutto and have some weirdly good recipes with olives. I like olives fine, but they always seem weirdly out of place when I see them in recipes. I usually consider leaving them out, but have kept them in a few times and they ended up making the dish! The 2 recipes that come to mind are Rachael Ray's Cod in a Sack and a baked chicken with onions, molasses, herbs, garlic, and lime juice...topped with chopped black olives.

jama 9/13/2014 12:41 PM  

Does sound like an interesting combination -- I would tend to cut back on the olives, since I'm not a big fan of the pimento stuffed ones.

SuziQoregon 9/13/2014 12:43 PM  

BethF: Yes - with the colors it makes a very pretty dish. I'll be curious to hear what you think if you try it.

Sarah: Oh those sound good - I'll have to look for them. The flavors of the prosciutto and the olives in this one are pretty strong which is probably why it's one of the few pasta dishes we really enjoy that has no garlic.

Carole 9/13/2014 1:25 PM  

Note to self - must try cooking with olives. Cheers from Carole's Chatter

Topazshell 9/14/2014 12:43 AM  

It looks delicious. Thanks for sharing.

(Diane) bookchickdi 9/14/2014 10:55 AM  

This looks amazing, I just pinned it. I can't wait to try it.

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