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.

5 5

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

5 5

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!