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Crunchy Bruschetta Pasta with Prosciutto

Crunchy Bruschetta Pasta with Prosciutto - the traditional flavour & crunch of tomato and basil bruschetta as a pasta dish, with the added kick of prosciutto.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Modern Australian
Keyword bruschetta pasta
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 450kcal
Author Lee-Ann Grace | Chef Not Required

Ingredients

  • 250 g dried angel hair pasta
  • 500 g cherry tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 8 thin slices of prosciutto
  • 2/3 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 4 garlic cloves sliced in half
  • 4 thick slices sourdough bread about 2 cups - in 1cm or 1/2 inch cubes
  • 1/2 tsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 lemon - juice only
  • 50 g fresh parmesan cheese grated

Instructions

  • Cook pasta according to packet directions, drain & reserve 2-3 tbsp. pasta cooking water - set aside.
  • Meanwhile melt the butter in a medium microwave safe bowl.
  • Add the garlic and mix to infuse.
  • Add bread cubes to butter mixture, and coat well - I use a silicone pastry brush for this - then aside.
  • Heat a large non-stick pan over medium heat, add bread cubes (reserving the garlic) and fry for 4 mins turning often, until crisp - remove to a plate.
  • Add prosciutto to pan and fry for 2 mins until it starts to brown and crisp, then remove to plate lined with paper towel to drain then chop roughly.
  • Add olive oil and tomatoes to pan and fry for 4 mins until slightly charred and collapsed.
  • Crush reserved garlic into pan, adding basil, prosciutto and vinegar - cook for 1 min then turn heat down to low.
  • Add drained pasta, 2-3 tbsp. pasta cooking water and lemon juice - mix for 1-2 mins to reheat and combine.
  • Serve immediately topped with crunchy garlic croutons and grated parmesan.

Notes

I have set out the steps for this recipe in a specific order to maximise the flavour of the garlic in the croutons, but also making the time as short as possible - if you have more time you could do the prep in any order you like but the croutons will benefit from some time to soak up all that garlic butter goodness!
I have used Angel Hair pasta for efficiency (it only takes 2 mins to cook!!! yay!!!) but you could use any pasta you like.
*Please note that the amount of calories per serve is provided as a guide only, as ingredients and cooking methods can vary greatly*