Creamy Prosciutto & Tomato Pasta with Brown Butter Breadcrumbs

Creamy Prosciutto & Tomato Pasta

with Brown Butter Breadcrumbs

35 MIN
4 Servings
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This gourmet pasta recipe highlights cavatappi pasta, tender bites of kale and mushrooms, creamy mascarpone cheese, and delightfully salty prosciutto—all sprinkled with crispy breadcrumbs toasted in rich brown butter.
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Creamy Prosciutto & Tomato Pasta with Brown Butter Breadcrumbs
Title
  • 6 oz Prosciutto
  • ¾ lb Cavatappi Pasta
  • 1 oz Salted Butter
  • ½ lb Mushrooms
  • 6 oz Kale
  • 2 cloves Garlic
  • ¼ cup Panko Breadcrumbs
  • 2 Tbsps Tomato Paste
  • ¼ cup Mascarpone Cheese
  • ¼ tsp Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1 Tbsp Capers
Prepare the ingredients
1 Prepare the ingredients

Fill a medium pot 3/4 of the way up with salted water; cover and heat to boiling on high. Wash and dry the fresh produce. Thinly slice the mushrooms. Separate the kale leaves from the stems; discard the stems, then roughly chop the leaves. Peel and roughly chop 2 cloves of garlic. Remove the plastic lining between the slices of prosciutto.

Cook the pasta
2 Cook the pasta

Add the pasta to the pot of boiling water. Cook, stirring occasionally, 7 to 9 minutes, or until al dente (still slightly firm to the bite). Turn off the heat. Reserving 1 cup of the pasta cooking water, drain thoroughly.

Make the brown butter breadcrumbs
3 Make the brown butter breadcrumbs

Meanwhile, in a large pan, heat the butter on medium-high until melted. Once melted, cook, stirring constantly, 1 to 2 minutes, or until the foam subsides and the butter is fragrant (it should smell nutty and toasted). Add the breadcrumbs; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring constantly, 1 to 2 minutes, or until lightly browned. Transfer to a bowl. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Wipe out the pan.

Cook the vegetables & make the sauce
4 Cook the vegetables & make the sauce

In the same pan, heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the sliced mushrooms in an even layer. Cook, without stirring, 3 to 4 minutes, or until browned. Add the chopped kale, chopped garlic, capers, and as much of the red pepper flakes as you’d like, depending on how spicy you’d like the dish to be. Season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes, or until the kale is slightly wilted. Add the tomato paste. Cook, stirring constantly, 1 to 2 minutes, or until thoroughly combined. Add 1/2 cup of water (carefully, as the liquid may splatter). Cook, stirring frequently, 3 to 4 minutes, or until the kale is wilted and the sauce is slightly thickened. Turn off the heat. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired.

Finish the pasta & serve your dish
5 Finish the pasta & serve your dish

To the pan of cooked vegetables and sauce, add the cooked pasta and half the reserved pasta cooking water. Cook on medium-high, stirring constantly, 1 to 2 minutes, or until the pasta is coated (if necessary, gradually add the remaining cooking water to ensure the pasta is thoroughly coated). Turn off the heat. Stir in the mascarpone until combined. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Serve the finished pasta topped with the prosciutto (tearing into bite-sized pieces before adding) and brown butter breadcrumbs. Enjoy!

Tips from Home Chefs

Prepare the ingredients
1 Prepare the ingredients

Fill a medium pot 3/4 of the way up with salted water; cover and heat to boiling on high. Wash and dry the fresh produce. Thinly slice the mushrooms. Separate the kale leaves from the stems; discard the stems, then roughly chop the leaves. Peel and roughly chop 2 cloves of garlic. Remove the plastic lining between the slices of prosciutto.

2 Cook the pasta

Add the pasta to the pot of boiling water. Cook, stirring occasionally, 7 to 9 minutes, or until al dente (still slightly firm to the bite). Turn off the heat. Reserving 1 cup of the pasta cooking water, drain thoroughly.

Cook the pasta
Make the brown butter breadcrumbs
3 Make the brown butter breadcrumbs

Meanwhile, in a large pan, heat the butter on medium-high until melted. Once melted, cook, stirring constantly, 1 to 2 minutes, or until the foam subsides and the butter is fragrant (it should smell nutty and toasted). Add the breadcrumbs; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring constantly, 1 to 2 minutes, or until lightly browned. Transfer to a bowl. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Wipe out the pan.

4 Cook the vegetables & make the sauce

In the same pan, heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the sliced mushrooms in an even layer. Cook, without stirring, 3 to 4 minutes, or until browned. Add the chopped kale, chopped garlic, capers, and as much of the red pepper flakes as you’d like, depending on how spicy you’d like the dish to be. Season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes, or until the kale is slightly wilted. Add the tomato paste. Cook, stirring constantly, 1 to 2 minutes, or until thoroughly combined. Add 1/2 cup of water (carefully, as the liquid may splatter). Cook, stirring frequently, 3 to 4 minutes, or until the kale is wilted and the sauce is slightly thickened. Turn off the heat. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired.

Cook the vegetables & make the sauce
Finish the pasta & serve your dish
5 Finish the pasta & serve your dish

To the pan of cooked vegetables and sauce, add the cooked pasta and half the reserved pasta cooking water. Cook on medium-high, stirring constantly, 1 to 2 minutes, or until the pasta is coated (if necessary, gradually add the remaining cooking water to ensure the pasta is thoroughly coated). Turn off the heat. Stir in the mascarpone until combined. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Serve the finished pasta topped with the prosciutto (tearing into bite-sized pieces before adding) and brown butter breadcrumbs. Enjoy!

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