well hello there and welcome to the easiest, most satisfying summer pasta recipe around. watch the video below to see how easy & delciious it is. and hopefully you will find some tabletop inspiration in there as well! we found the gold dipped bowl (only $20!) & adorable mara mi patterned napkins at target here and here.

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now, for the recipe…

what you’ll need:

• 16 oz spaghetti
• 10 to 15 fresh basil leaves, coarsely chopped
• 1 cup of raw pine nuts
• 2 cups of grape tomatoes
• 5 slices of prosciutto
• 1/2 cup shaved parmesan cheese
• 1/3 to 1/2 cup of extra virgin olive oil
• salt and pepper (as much or as little as you want)
• zest of half a lemon


let’s do prosciutto:

• place the prosciutto on a foil covered baking sheet into a 450 degree oven. leave them in until crisp.
• this will take about 10 minutes, but keep an eye as ovens and prosciutto may vary.
• once it’s done set out to cool to room temp, than crumble into a bowl.

while the prosciutto is cooking:

• bring a large stockpot of water to a boil, then add spaghetti a tablespoon of olive oil.
• cook about ten minutes, remove when still slightly al dente. rinse with warm water in a colander and toss with a couple tablespoons of olive oil. this will prevent it from getting sticky.

you’re almost to the finish line:

• heat a tablespoon of olive oil in a skillet over medium high heat.
• toss in tomatoes, moving them around the skillet occasionally (remember you don’t want them to burst, so be gentle)
• after about 8 minutes tomatoes should be done, so transfer them safely to a serving bowl
• while the skillet is still hot, brown up those pine nuts.  this will be quick – maybe 3 minutes. these little guys like to burn, so keep’em moving.

bowl it up:
• now grab a bunch of your favorite bowls in varying sizes and then fill each one with a different ingredient.
• for the record that’s…pasta, pine nuts, tomatoes (which should already be in a bowl), chopped basil, crispy prosciutto (this one is already in a bowl, too) and the parmesan cheese.

encourage your guests to dress their pasta with some olive oil, salt pepper and any and all of the fixings they want and then, cause you’re a real gem, offer to top it off with some fresh lemon zest. let’s summer up, people!

photos & recipe by: jen gotch
video by: modshift
art direction by: bri emery
want more food posts? go here!

(This summer inspiration is brought to you by Target. Find more fun and surprises all season long on Target’s #SummerUp Pinterest board.)



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  • 1. Alexandra Pettinato  |  July 3rd, 2013 at 6:50 am

    This looks SO good. A fresh and light pasta dish for the warmer months :) I made a rigatoni dish with sausage, spinach, cherry tomatoes, olive oil and goat cheese. It felt a lot lighter/more summery without tomato sauce, and it was fantastic!

    Thanks for sharing the recipe :)

    Alex from http://www.polkadottedpixels.com

  • 2. KAIT  |  July 3rd, 2013 at 6:57 am

    yum… love this kind of pasta. quick and easy for entertaining and everyone always likes it! thanks for sharing the beautiful photos :)

  • 3. Chelsea  |  July 3rd, 2013 at 8:30 am

    This looks so delicious and fresh for Summer Bri. What a cute little video as well!

    Chelsea & The City

  • 4. stephanie @BabaSouk  |  July 3rd, 2013 at 8:44 am

    wow- the video is so adorable. Great job ladies, I’m hungry!

  • 5. Valerie  |  July 3rd, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    YUm! Looks delicious and love the utilization of post-it notes. :)

  • 6. Andrea  |  July 3rd, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    DLF you ladies never fail to impress! Absolutely loved the creativity of this video! As well as how delicious that pasta sounds right now!

  • 7. bri  |  July 3rd, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    thank you, so happy you all liked it! i would eat this every night and have no complaints! i am not much of a tomato sauce gal myself however…

  • 8. Kayleigh | Notes of Inspires  |  July 3rd, 2013 at 8:12 pm

    I want to try this pasta, looks fabulous and like something I would love!

  • 9. Melanie  |  July 3rd, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    YUM! I actually just made a caprese version of this!! It’s vegetarian with sliced mozzarella, and I roasted my tomatos in a little balsamic vinegar. So good!

  • 10. Latrina  |  July 6th, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    Great recipe, Bri! And beautiful way to present it too. :) Thanks for sharing!

  • 11. Anna Haase  |  July 8th, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    I’ve been wanting to so something similar since you posted this last week. I adapted your recipe to the ingredients I had available and used Greek yogurt to make it a little creamy. Thanks for the inspiration! My version: http://wp.me/p3kr1F-rr

  • 12. Alison  |  July 9th, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    this is super cute. and I feel like such a dork that as I watched it i could tell Jen gotch styled it. HA! lots of love

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