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Parma Ham and Red Pepper with Taglierini

by Gennaro Contaldo from Jamie’s Food Tube: The Pasta Book

Gennaro Contaldo's incredible recipe for taglierini with parma ham and red pepper is perfect for a quick and easy midweek meal. It's an authentic Italian pasta dish you can whip up in minutes.

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½ a red or white onion, peeled
1 red pepper, deseeded
90g higher-welfare slices of Parma ham
¼ fresh red chilli
1 large firm tomato
½ bunch of fresh flat-leaf parsley, leaves picked
200g taglierini
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
extra virgin olive oil
zest and juice from ½ an unwaxed lemon
Parmesan cheese, for grating


Watch Gennaro as he demonstrates how to make Parma Ham and Red Pepper with Taglierini:

Start by preparing your ingredients. Very finely slice the onion, pepper and half the Parma ham. Finely slice the chili. Quarter the tomato, cut out the seeds and finely dice the flesh. Finely chop the parsley leaves.

Put the finely sliced Parma ham into a large dry frying pan over a high heat and cook for 5 minutes, or until crispy. Transfer to a double layer of kitchen paper to drain. Cook the taglierini in a large pan of boiling salted water until al dente. Meanwhile, return the frying pan to a medium-high heat with 3 tablespoons of oil.

Add the onion, pepper and chili and cook for a minute or so. Roughly slice the remaining Parma ham and add to the pan, stir in most of the parsley leaves and season lightly with salt and pepper.

Reserving some of the cooking water, drain the taglierini and add to the sauce. Add the lemon juice, diced tomato and a good grating of Parmesan. Toss well over the heat until lovely and glossy, adding
a splash of the cooking water to loosen, if needed. Divide between your plates, sprinkle over the crispy Parma ham and add an extra grating of Parmesan. Finish by sprinkling over the lemon zest and the rest of the chopped parsley.

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From the book: Jamie’s Food Tube: The Pasta Book

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