Eat Croatian: Istrian traditional pasta with prosciutto

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We were in Motovun, checking out the local shops and products they offer. Unfortunately, we did not buy any truffles, homemade olive oil or regional wine, but I managed to grab one packing of Istrian traditional pasta – fuži and I am planning to show you what I made from it right now.

Fuži are specific in shape and ways of serving. The authentic ones are still produced by the hand, in the way that dough is cut into squares and two opposite corners are stuck together, leaving an empty space in the middle. To get a better shape, you can help yourself with a wooden cooking spoon or thick knitting needle. They are usually served with different goulashes or sauces with truffles, prosciutto and other specialties. | Eat Croatian: Istrian Traditional Pasta with Prosciutto

Traditional pasta, fuži © Mexatia

I had a half kilo of fuži and I decided to combine it with prosciutto, some homemade bacon, mozzarella cheese, fresh cherry tomatoes and rocket salad. It was super simple to make and ever tastier. So tasty I decided to repeat the same recipe with the remaining pasta!

To ensure everything will go smoothly while cooking, you should do a little bit of prep before. You should chop the garlic, cut bacon and prosciutto in small pieces and chop the tomatoes. You should pull mozzarella into smaller pieces, clean the salad and cut cherry tomatoes in halves. That’s all! You are ready to cook. | Eat Croatian: Istrian Traditional Pasta with Prosciutto

Traditional pasta, fuži with prosciutto © Mexatia

Istrian Fuzi Served with Fresh Cherry Tomatoes, Prosciutto and Rocket Salad
Serves 4
Traditional Istrian fuži served with tasty Dalmatian prosciutto and vegetables.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
45 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
45 min
  1. 250 g fuži pasta
  2. 2 tomatoes
  3. 1 clove of garlic
  4. 100 - 150 g bacon
  5. 500 g tomato sauce (with tomato pieces)
  6. salt, pepper, basil
  7. 80 g prosciutto
  8. 125 g fresh mozzarella cheese
  9. rocket salad
  10. 5 g Grana Padano cheese
  11. 125 g cherry tomatoes
  1. Put pasta to cook in boiling water, seasoned with some salt and oil. Cook for 10 - 12 minutes, until pasta is cooked as you like. Drain the pasta.
  2. Cut bacon into small pieces and fry it in the saucepan. When bacon is almost golden brown, add pieces of prosciutto and fry for another minute.
  3. Take out bacon and prosciutto and set them aside. Drain most of the fat from the pan, leave just as much you will use for cooking.
  4. Finely chop the garlic and fry it on the same fat, only until you can smell garlic in the air. Add tomatoes cut into pieces (if you wish you can peel them before) and tomato sauce. Cook for 20 minutes. Season with salt, pepper and basil to taste.
  5. Pull mozzarella into small pieces (do not cut). Wash cherry tomatoes and cut them into halves.
  6. Serve fuži into every plate, pour over with tomato sauce and add fried prosciutto, bacon and mozzarella. Sprinkle with Grana Padano and decorate with rocket salad and cherry tomatoes.
  7. Serve hot!

Do not worry if you do not have fuži or you are not in the mood to make them, for this recipe you can use any other kind of pasta. 

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Traditional pasta, fuži with prosciutto © Mexatia


Our Istrian series came to the end. If you liked this recipe, you should definitely read more about Istria in our previous posts:

36 hours in Istria: Our Small Guide to Croatia’s Most Visited Region

10 great ideas how to spend 3 days in Motovun, Croatia

Lovely little design Apartment Piazza in Rovinj, Croatia

6 fun things to do in Rovinj all year round

Arena of Pula: When in Rome… Wait, I’m in Croatia!

What to eat in Istria: 8 amazing products you MUST try

 If you like Istria, you want to check out our Facebook album Discover Croatia – Region of Istria.


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  1. Do you get enough vegetarian food in Croatia? This pasta looks tempting.

    • Yes and no. We do love meat in general. But, the society is changing so new places are opening, for example, there is a great bio bistro Zrno in Zagreb. Most of the restaurants have vegetarian options as well. You would not be hungry whatsoever 🙂

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