Pasta With Melon And Pancetta

  • Yield : 24 (2-Cup)
  • Servings : 24 (2-Cup)
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Ida Shen of the University of California, Berkeley, serves this traditional pairing of melon and pancetta mixed into pasta for a unique presentation.


  • 4 lbs. orecchiette
  • 6 lbs. fresh ripe, but firm melon, such as Ambrosia, Crenshaw, or Persian
  • 8 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 1/2 lbs. diced pancetta or prosciutto
  • 1 1/2 qt. heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped fresh basil or mint
  • as needed salt
  • as needed freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 lb. grated Parmesan or Romano cheese


Step 1

Cook the Barilla® pasta until just short of al dente. Drain pasta and drizzle with some olive oil to prevent from sticking.

Step 2

Place pasta flat on sheet trays or hotel pans and cool in a blast chiller or walk-in fridge. Store in zip lock bags or sealed plastic container; refrigerate and use within several hours.

Step 3

Cut the melon into medium dice (1/2 by ½ inch).
For each serving, to order: Melt ½ tsp butter in a saute pan over medium heat. Cook 1 oz pancetta until crisp. Add 4 oz melon dice and heat for 30 seconds. Add ¼ cup cream, about 1 Tbsp herbs, and season with salt and pepper. Bring to a simmer. Stir in ¼ cup cheese and 1 1/3 cup pasta. Stir and heat until warm through.
Plate and garnish with additional cheese or herbs.

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Chef Recommended Cuts
  • Gemelli
  • Orecchiette
  • Rigatoni
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Nutritional Info

This information is per serving.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 2 Cup(75g)
Servings Per Container 24 (2-Cup)

Amount Per Serving
Calories 270
Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2g
Saturated Fat 0g
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 0mg
Total Carbohydrate 56g
Dietary Fiber 3g
Sugars 1g
Protein 9g

Vitamin A 0%
Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 0%
Iron 15%
Allergy Information:
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Please note: for the purpose of the nutritional assessment, total sodium does not include salt added to the cooking water. When salt is listed "as needed" in the ingredient list, 1 tsp total is included in the analysis.