Penne With Tomato Prosciutto Sauce

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 20 mins

A lovely savory pasta dish with ham. Use as a first course or main dish. Make the sauce in the morning to allow it to sit for 8 hours. It truly does need to blend the flavors. Prep time does not include 8 hours sitting time.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat oil in a wide heavy medium pot over medium-high heat until it shimmers, then sauté onion until golden, about 10 minutes. Add garlic and sauté until golden, about 1 minute. Add prosciutto and sauté until golden, about 4 minutes.
  2. Add tomatoes with reserved juice, sugar, and 1/4 teaspoon each of salt and pepper and simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until thickened, 45 minutes to 1 hour. Cool, uncovered, then chill, covered, at least 8 hours (to allow flavors to develop).
  3. Cook penne in a pasta pot of boiling salted water (3 tablespoons salt for 6 quarts water) until al dente. Drain well.
  4. While pasta cooks, reheat sauce over medium heat.
  5. Toss pasta with some of sauce in a serving bowl and serve remaining sauce on the side.
  6. Cooks' note: Sauce can be chilled up to 3 days.
Most Helpful

This recipe is outstanding! Very much like the pasta sauce at a favorite restaurant, I use San Marzano tomatoes and find the sugar can be cut back or even eliminated.

Rocketdog56 July 01, 2011

I went a little heavier on the prosciutto but that's persoanl taste. I loved the sauce, so quick, so easy, so good. Made for ZWT4

Julie B's Hive June 03, 2008

This was so easy to make and my husband raved about it. My in-laws loved it as well. It has a nice light red sauce, not like the ones you get in a jar. This is going to be my red sauce from now on! Thanks for sharing!

Chef TraceyMae November 19, 2007