Summer Pasta

Summer Pasta Recipe
Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Caroline M. Cunningham
If you can't find pappardelle pasta, James suggests substituting fresh spaghetti or angel hair.


Makes 4 to 6 servings
Total time: 1 Hours

Recipe from

Southern Living

Recipe Time

Hands-on: 30 Minutes
Total: 1 Hours


2 medium-size yellow squash (about 1 lb.), divided
2 medium zucchini (about 1 lb.), divided
2 medium carrots, divided
1 small onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
3/4 cup vegetable broth, divided
5 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 teaspoon salt, divided
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil, divided
1 (4-oz.) package prosciutto, torn into strips
2 (8.8-oz.) packages pappardelle pasta
1 tablespoon butter
3 green onions, chopped
1/2 (8-oz.) container mascarpone cheese
3/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese


1. Cut 1 squash, 1 zucchini, and 1 carrot into 1/4-inch-thick slices. Place in a Dutch oven; add onion, garlic, 1/2 cup vegetable broth, 3 Tbsp. olive oil, and 1/2 tsp. salt. Cover and cook over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, 20 to 30 minutes or until vegetables are very tender. Stir in 1/4 cup basil; cool 10 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, sauté prosciutto in a lightly greased large nonstick skillet over medium heat 6 to 8 minutes or until browned and crisp; remove from skillet. Wipe skillet clean.

3. Process cooked squash mixture and remaining 1/4 cup broth in a blender or food processor until smooth. Wipe Dutch oven clean.

4. Cook pasta in Dutch oven according to package directions; drain, reserving 1 cup hot pasta water. Return hot cooked pasta to Dutch oven.

5. Cut remaining squash, zucchini, and carrot lengthwise into very thin, ribbon-like strips using a mandoline or Y-shaped vegetable peeler. Stack ribbons, and cut in half lengthwise.

6. Melt butter with 1 Tbsp. olive oil in skillet over medium heat; add vegetable ribbons, green onions, and remaining 1/2 tsp. salt, and sauté 5 minutes or just until tender. Transfer to a plate, and cover.

7. Cook squash mixture, mascarpone cheese, and 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese 3 to 4 minutes or just until sauce is hot and cheese is melted. Pour sauce over pasta; toss to coat, adding desired amount of reserved hot pasta water to thin sauce, if necessary. Top with vegetable ribbons, prosciutto, and remaining 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese and 1/4 cup basil. Drizzle with remaining 1 Tbsp. olive oil.

Note: We tested with Bionaturæ Organic Pappardelle Traditional Egg Pasta.