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Creamy Ham and Pea Pasta

A perfect way to use up all that leftover holiday ham, this Creamy Ham and Pea Pasta is easy, comforting, and completely kid approved!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Leftover Ham Recipe, Pasta with Ham and Peas
Servings: 8
Calories: 563kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 pound Ziti Pasta (or other favorite pasta noodle)
  • 6 tbsp butter divided
  • 1 onion minced
  • 6 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1.5 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • 3 cups ham chopped into small pieces
  • 1 lb peas fresh or frozen
  • 3/4 cup Parmesan Cheese shredded
  • 1/2 tsp Crushed Red Pepper
  • Chopped fresh parsley to garnish
  • Fresh thyme leaves to garnish

Instructions

  • Cook the pasta. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook until al dente. Reserve 1-2 cups of the salted pasta water; drain well.
  • Prepare the cream sauce. As the noodles are cooking, melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a large skillet or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring often, for 4-5 minutes, or until soft and translucent. Add the garlic, salt, and pepper, mixing well to combine. Cook for 1 minute. Add the remaining butter to the skillet. Once melted, whisk in the flour, stirring continuously to prevent the flour from burning.
  • Finish the sauce. Once the flour is fully combined with the butter, slowly add the chicken broth, whisking continuously, until incorporated. Add the Italian seasoning and half-and-half and mix well to combine. 
  • Add the Ham and Peas. Add the ham and peas to the sauce. Bring sauce to a very low simmer, taking care not to boil. Allow sauce to simmer for 2-3 minutes, or until peas and ham are heated through. Add the cooked pasta, shredded Parmesan cheese, crushed red pepper, and fresh herbs. Remove from heat and mix well to combine.
  • Season and serve. Season with additional salt and pepper, to taste. If the sauce is too thick, add reserved pasta water, as needed, until desired consistency is reached. Enjoy!

Notes

Originally published December 17, 2018

Nutrition

Calories: 563kcal | Carbohydrates: 57g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 1175mg | Potassium: 530mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 915IU | Vitamin C: 24.7mg | Calcium: 188mg | Iron: 2.5mg
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Leftover Ham Recipe, Pasta with Ham and Peas
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