Spaghetti with Melon: A Luscious Summer Pasta

by Lael Hazan on June 29, 2011

Summertime brings the onset of sweet, succulent melons, and one of our family’s favorite recipes is this surprisingly fresh tasting Spaghetti with Melon pasta.  Pasta with melon might sound like an unlikely combination, but this dish is REALLY good.  While on our European extravaganza trip, we stopped off to visit our friends Mike Yourison and Dr. Suzy Steelman in Umbria.  They were kind enough to invite us to stay at their beautiful hilltop home, so the least we could do was to make dinner.  They graciously accepted and thought it would be nice to invite a few of their Italian friends.  We ended up having a wonderful evening with 15 people in attendance.

Giuliano thought it would be fun to make this dish and have the Italians guess what was in it.  Many thought of squash due to the color, a couple thought pineapple and we had one person who guessed strawberry.  After numerous tries, someone finally came up with the correct answer.

The origins of this dish are unknown.  Giuliano found it when he went to a restaurant in Venice that specialized in unusual dishes, none of which were seafood or risotto, the staples of Venetian cuisine.  Although the restaurant is no longer there he did remember this delicious dish of pasta with cantaloupe.  Marcella started making it at home and now Giuliano often makes it when we have friends over.  Once it is cooked, the melon is mostly unrecognizable and it’s great fun seeing if people can guess what the sauce’s “secret” ingredient is.  The freshness of the dish is soothing on a hot evening and takes full advantage of the bounty of summer.

Giuliano made this dish for a TV segment he did.  This Spaghetti with melon pasta on Daytime TV video shows you exactly how to make this lovely pasta.  As in Umbria, not a bit was left in the bowl.




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Jacke McCurdy November 6, 2011 at 5:07 pm

Great dish. It is also great with spaghetti squash if you’re dieting. But what Italian diets! Hope all goes well with you both. Jacke

Soma August 8, 2011 at 4:19 pm

OMG what a fantastic summer dish! and so very intriguing to use the juicy melons with the pasta!

Jamie July 6, 2011 at 1:13 pm

I remember watching Giuliano make this on tv and was certainly intrigued. I actually hate melon but JP loves it so of course I have to make this. But I’ll bet even those of us who are not so into melons would love it, am I right? And you know how I feel about Italy and Italian food….

Nicole July 5, 2011 at 1:52 pm

What a novel idea! I just moved back to the US after 2 years in Italy. I never saw this dish there, but of course Italian cuisine is so vast it would be impossible to see it all!! Looks and sounds delicious. I’m curious to try!

Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite July 2, 2011 at 6:03 pm

What a wonderful combination! I am in Paris right now where they have wonderful little melons and I think I might just have to try this out!

Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen July 1, 2011 at 3:21 am

Wow, what a concept. I can only imagine how delicious this would be with the sweet juicy cantaloupes you get in Europe!

Kit June 30, 2011 at 6:41 am

Wow – what a combination – I can almost imagine the flavour, but I’m going to have to wait for our summer to try this – it’s freezing here in South Africa right now!

Krista June 29, 2011 at 11:15 pm

What a fascinating combination, Lael. :-) It would be so light and fresh on a hot summer day. :-)

SMITH BITES June 29, 2011 at 7:55 pm

Lael, this looks fabulous!! i cannot wait until the melons in my area start coming in season – will be making this dish for sure!!

Rosa June 29, 2011 at 11:40 am

That is such an original dish! I’ve never seen something quite like it. I’m not a big fan of melon, but this recipe might make me enjoy this fruits.



Hilah June 29, 2011 at 11:04 am

Wow! What a crazy idea. Sounds great, though!

Nisrine M. June 29, 2011 at 10:43 am

I just came back from Italy and am officially in love with its food. I am digging this pasta because I love cantaloupe. I tasted meloncello while in Italy and thought it was the best tasting liqueur ever!!

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