Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Prosciutto-Melon Soup


You're probably wondering what melon, prosciutto and soup are doing in the same sentence, let alone a recipe.  I have to admit I tried this because it was easy and Peter loves prosciutto.  I was a little scared though.  Tomato, cantaloupe, basil and prosciutto?

I should've known my BFF Giada wouldn't disappoint.  Seriously I have never tried any recipe of hers that I didn't love!

So here is this fabulous soup.  It is easy, yummy and healthy!  It is light and refreshing and would be perfect for a brunch menu or a shower.

  • 10 slices prosciutto slices
  • 1 cantaloupe melon, cut into chunks (about 5 cups)
  • 1 (14-ounce) can tomatoes (recommended: San Marzano)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 fresh basil leaves, very thinly sliced
I started by baking my prosciutto.  Since I was only making this for two I just did 6 slices.  I baked it on a foil sheet at 350 for about 15 minutes.  Just make sure you check it and don't let it burn.  While it was filling my house up with wonderfully yummy smells I diced my cantaloupe.  I couldn't find San Marzano tomatoes so I used Glen Muir instead.  You basically want to use peel tomatoes and these brands are a little sweeter than others.

I pureed the tomatoes and cantaloupe in the blender and then added the salt & pepper at the end.  To serve I crumbled the prosciutto over top the soup and added the basil cut into thin strips.  This is called a chiffonade.  

Every bit of this was delicious.  The basil really brought out the tomato and I could taste it more when I got a bit of basil.  And of course melon and prosciutto are a classic Italian pairing.  I thought this was fabulous.  And seriously it is good for you as long as you don't overdo it on the meat!

I hope you'll give this odd pairing a try!  It is totally worth it!!


13 comments:

Printabelle said...

Those are really interesting flavors and I love them all separately, so I bet they taste great together, too! Thanks for linking!

Debi Bolocofsky said...

This looks really good. I love prosciutto and melon. I have a link party on Wednesdays, and I would love it if you would link this and any other posts. It is called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party. It runs from Wednesday to Sundays.
http://www.adornedfromabove.com/
I hope to see you there. I am your newest follower, and I would love for your to follow me also. Have a great Day.
Debi Bolocofsky
Adorned From Above
www.adornedfromabove.com

Sarah {Lacquer and Linen} said...

This looks delicious! I love prosciutto and melon!! Sounds like the perfect end of summer soup! Found your post via Creations by Kara and I'm so glad I did!

Christine said...

I want some! It looks delicious!

Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!

Miz Helen said...

I just love the looks of this soup and can't wait to try it. Hope you have a great weekend and thanks for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
Come Back Soon!
Miz Helen

Lois Christensen said...

This looks so good! Thank you for joining Foodie Friends Friday! Please come back and VOTE on Sunday!

Not Your Ordinary Agent said...

One of my favorite appetizers is cantaloupe wrapped in prosciutto. This soup looks fantastic!! Thanks for sharing at Foodtastic Friday!

Jami said...

Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing your yummy soup recipe at the Blackberry Vine! Can't wait to see what you've been up to this week!
smiles!
Jami
www.blackberryvine.blogspot.com

Nicole@Show Off Friday said...

Well that really does seem like an odd combination, but it seems like it would be really good!

Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes said...

What a pretty colored soup! I actually think this sounds fabulous! Thank you for sharing it last week at All my Bloggy Friends - I can't wait to see what you link up at this week's All my Bloggy Friends!

The Mandatory Mooch said...

What a great combo of flavors!! Thanks so much for linking up to Tasty Thursdays on The Mandatory Mooch!! I hope you will link up again. The party will be live tonight. http://www.mandatorymooch.blogspot.com

Thanks, Nichi

Cindy DG said...

I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! :) Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays recipe party! See you next Friday! Cindy from vegetarianmamma.com

Julie said...

Thank you for participating in Show Your Stuff Blog Hop, You are invited to come back:
http://juliejewels1.blogspot.com/2012/09/show-your-stuff-41.html

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