Total Time
1hr 5mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 45 mins

This recipe is from Carpungnino, a small Italian town where there is a statue of a cat holding an umbrella. This pays tribute to the Ombrellai, or umbrella makers of this town. This makes for a tasty meal with some bruschetta.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Mince the prosciutto, garlic, and rosemary leaves together. Cook the mixture over medium heat until the prosciutto just starts to brown.
  2. Fold in the tomatoes, (OR Bellissima Salsa Di Pomodoro #124000 sauce) flavor with salt, and bring to gentle boil. Cover and simmer for 30-45 minutes on low heat or until it has reduced to a coating consistency.
  3. Boil and cook penne until al dente. Drain, and return to pot. Stir in the tomato sauce and heavy cream, and spread evenly on the penne.
  4. Serve hot. Add chili flakes and extra salt if desired.
Most Helpful

Really can't go wrong, excellent recipe, enjoyed the subtle taste of rosemary! I would love to see the cat with an umbrella :) Dinner was much enjoyed, thank you, made for Cooking Mania Tag, October 2013

Karen Elizabeth October 21, 2013

Oh my goodness! I had to use proscuitto since we don't have pancetta readily available here in Missouri, and I'll admit I'm not a big fan. And come to think of it, I don't like rosemary either lol. But this is honestly one of the BEST pasta dishes I have ever had in my life. I used 2lbs of tomatoes and thought it could use more sauce so I did add a can of drained diced tomatoes and it ended up perfect. This was soooo delicious. It will go into our weekly rotation! Thank you so much!

Three Kids Make Me Crazy January 21, 2007

One of the better Italian recipes I have found on zaar!

It's all good June 15, 2006