Spaghetti with Melon

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Spaghetti with Melon.  This pasta dish uses an intriguing ingredient, fresh cantaloupe.  The melon is diced and sauteed.  It adds a delightful sweetness to the sauce.  Make sure to top this with your best Parmigiano Reggiano.
Recipe By: Giuliano Hazan
  • Prep10 min |
  • Total35 min |
  • Serves 4

Ingredients

    • 3 pounds cantaloupe melon
    • 3 tablespoons butter
    • Salt
    • Freshly ground black pepper
    • 1 pound spaghetti (linguine is also good here)
    • 2 teaspoons concentrated tomato paste
    • 1-1/2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
    • 1/2 cup heavy cream
    • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano

Instructions

Fill a pot for the pasta with about 6 quarts of water, place over high heat, and bring to a boil.

Pare away the rind of the melon, down to the orange flesh. Discard the seeds and cut the melon into 1/2-inch dice. Put the butter in a 12-inch skillet and place over medium high heat. Once the butter has melted completely, add the melon and season generously with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring often, until the melon begins to break down and most of the liquid it releases has evaporated, about 10 minutes.

Add about 2 tablespoons salt to the boiling pasta water, put in the spaghetti or linguine and stir until all the strands are submerged. Cook until al dente.

Add the tomato paste and lemon juice to the melon and stir well. Add the cream and cook until it thickens and reduces by about a third, 2-3 minutes. Remove from the heat.

When the pasta is done, drain well, toss with the sauce and the Parmigiano-Reggiano, and serve at once.

Recipe from THIRTY MINUTE PASTA: 100 Quick and Easy Recipes by Giuliano Hazan (Stewart, Tabori & Chang, September 2009, $24.95/trade paperback original)

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