Scarpariello Pasta from Naples: Ultimate Summer Pasta Recipe with Cherry Tomatoes

Scarpariello Pasta, a beloved dish originating from Naples, Italy, delights with its rich flavors and straightforward preparation. This traditional recipe captures the essence of Neapolitan cuisine, combining simple ingredients to create a dish that is both comforting and satisfying. If you’re eager to bring a taste of Naples into your kitchen, follow this step-by-step guide to master the art of Pasta allo Scarpariello.

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The Origins of Scarpariello Pasta

Pasta allo Scarpariello seems to date back to the first half of the 19th century. According to one theory, it was invented in the Spanish Quarters of Naples by the wives of cobblers (called “scarpari” in dialect) to prepare a quick Monday lunch using the leftover sauce from the day before. The pasta contains a lot of cheese because cobblers were often paid with farm products and thus had a lot of dairy products. Another theory suggests that its name comes from the saying “you can take everything from Neapolitans, but not the pleasure of the ‘scarpetta’ (mopping up the sauce with bread) in the dish.

Finishing off our Pasta Scarpariello off with fresh basil.

Making Pasta Scarpariello: Choosing Ingredients

Fresh Tomatoes

We use sweet ‘datterini’ (plum tomatoes) to make this sauce along with a few peeled vine tomatoes. You’ll want to score the tomatoes and boil them for about a minute to make removing the peels easier. Be sure to remove any water and seeds from inside the vine tomatoes. Blend them to a pulp and add them to the sauce along with the halved datterini tomatoes!

Italian Cheese Mix

Unlike some Italian pasta recipes, there’s not one ‘traditional’ cheese for this dish. You can use your favorite or a blend of a few cheeses. We like the mix of Parmigiano, Pecorino, Provolone and Smoked Provolone (Scamorza). Whatever you do, choose the real Parmigiano-Reggiano for this dish and not some imitation ‘parmesan’ cheese with a fraction of the flavor.

Pasta Scarpariello: Variations and Tips:

Scarpariello pasta offers endless variations depending on personal preference and regional traditions. Some variations include adding additional seafood like shrimp or clams, adjusting cheese quantities for a creamier texture, or experimenting with different types of tomatoes for unique flavor profiles. Feel free to personalize this recipe to suit your taste!

This pasta is more than just a dish—it’s a celebration of Naples’ culinary heritage and a testament to the region’s dedication to quality ingredients and authentic flavors. By following this recipe, you’ll embark on a culinary journey that honors tradition while delighting your taste buds with every bite. Whether enjoyed as a family meal or served to guests, Scarpariello pasta promises to bring the essence of Naples’ vibrant cuisine straight to your table.

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Scarpariello Pasta from Naples: Ultimate Summer Pasta Recipe with Cherry Tomatoes

Scarpariello pasta, a classic Neapolitan dish, combines fresh tomatoes, basil, and a variety of cheeses for a simple yet delicious meal. Perfect for any occasion, this easy-to-follow recipe brings the authentic flavors of Naples right to your kitchen.
4.88 from 8 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 27 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian, Mediterranean
Servings 4 people


  • 1 large saucepan
  • 1 tool for grating cheese
  • 1 Large Pot for cooking pasta


  • 8 oz Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese finely grated
  • 8 oz Pecorino cheese finely grated
  • 8 oz Provolone (del Monaco) cheese or another provolone; finely grated
  • ¾ oz Scamorza cheese finely grated
  • 21 oz fresh plum tomatoes or cherry or grape
  • 3 vine tomatoes 3 medium, peels removed
  • 5 tbsp olive oil extra virgin
  • 2 cloves fresh garlic
  • 4 + leaves fresh basil
  • 11 oz tube pasta like 'calamari' or penne.



  • Slice datterini (plum tomatoes) in half.
    Score the vine tomatoes and blanch them for 1 minute. Peel them. 
    Finely grate the cheeses together.
    8 oz Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, 8 oz Provolone (del Monaco) cheese, ¾ oz Scamorza cheese, 8 oz Pecorino cheese


  • Cook the pasta in salted, boiling water ¾ of the way to al dente. We will finish the pasta in the pan with the sauce. In the meantime…
    11 oz tube pasta


  • Peel and smash two cloves of garlic. Cover the bottom of a large pan with olive oil and make a soffritto with the garlic until it is golden. This just means sauté the garlic in the oil to infuse the oil with flavor.
    5 tbsp olive oil, 2 cloves fresh garlic
  • Remove the garlic and add datterini (plum tomatoes) to the pan.
    Peel the the vine tomatoes, remove the seeds, dice them, and put the pulp in the pan together with the rest along with a bit of basil.
    21 oz fresh plum tomatoes, 3 vine tomatoes, 4 + leaves fresh basil
  • Simmer the sauce for 10-15 minutes, the same time it takes for the pasta to cook.


  • Add drained pasta cooked ¾ of the way along with a few ladles of hot pasta water to the pan with the sauce.
  • Finish cooking the pasta in the pan. Salt and pepper to taste.
    Add the grated cheese to the pasta and mix to combine.
    Plate and top with sprinkle of cheese and basil.


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