One-Pot Pasta in Bell Pepper Sauce with Serrano Ham Recipe

One-Pot Pasta in Bell Pepper Sauce with Serrano Ham Recipe

Prep time: 20 minutes — Cook time: 20 minutes — Total time: 40 minutes — Serving: 2 people



The most delicious pasta in a bell pepper sauce topped with crispy fried Serrano ham and fresh parsley. A super easy and yummy dinner that can be made in just 40 minutes.



Bell Pepper Sauce

2 red bell peppers

1 yellow/white onion

3 garlic cloves

10.06 oz (30 g) tomato purée

0.5 teaspoon curry

1 teaspoon paprika

0.42 cups (1 dl) water

1 vegetable bouillon cube

1.06 cups (2.5 dl) cooking cream

7.05 oz (200 g) chopped tomatoes, canned



10.58 oz (300 g) rigatoni pasta

0.25 bundle fresh parsley

2.12 oz (60 g) Serrano ham



  1. Grab your favorite KUMA kitchen knife and chop onion, garlic, and bell pepper into fine pieces.
  2. Heat up a pot with a bit of oil.
  3. Add curry, paprika, and tomato purée into the oil and give it a quick burn to activate the flavors.
  4. Add onion, garlic, and bell pepper. Sauté on medium heat until onions are soft.
  5. Add water and crumble in a bouillon cube. Let it simmer briefly.
  6. Bring a second pot to a boil and cook pasta according to packaging instructions in generously salted water.
  7. When the sauce has simmered a bit, add the chopped tomatoes and cooking cream.
  8. Use a hand blender to blend the sauce into a smooth consistency and taste with salt and pepper.
  9. While pasta boils, fry your Serrano ham on a lightly greased pan for about 2 minutes per side.
  10. When pasta is done cooking, add 4-5 tablespoons of pasta water into your sauce and stir well. Then add the pasta into the sauce and mix well.
  11. Serve your pasta topped with crispy Serrano ham and chopped fresh parsley on top.


Recipe for pasta in bell pepper sauce

A wonderful pasta in a tasty bell pepper sauce topped with crispy Serrano ham and fresh parsley. The sauce is made of onion, garlic, tomato, and bell pepper which makes the sweet notes from the tomato and bell pepper really stand out.

It is a super easy pasta to make and there are lots of opportunities for making different variations of this recipe. You can use all your vegetable leftovers and add them into the sauce. We’ve tried using leeks, zucchini and carrots as well, and these certainly don’t make the recipe any worse.

Rigatoni vs penne vs ziti - what’s the difference between these pasta types?

There must be hundreds of different pasta types out there, and some of them are quite similar. 

Penne pasta definition

A penne pasta has pointy ends. It is cut with a diagonal edge and it has ridges. These ridges are great for capturing sauces. 

Ziti pasta definition

Ziti pasta is cut straight and is longer than penne. It has a smooth texture which makes them soft and creamy when cooked. Ziti tends to be mostly used in baked dishes. It is able to finish cooking along with the rest of the dish in the oven. This method brings out a different type of flavor in the Ziti. 

Rigatoni pasta definition

Rigatoni is wider than ziti and penne. It is a wide but short round pasta and has ridges. Sometimes it can have a slight curve. Just like with penne, the ridges in rigatoni are great for holding the sauce. The wider hole amplifies this benefit, making it a great pasta for holding in a nice and thick sauce.


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