Ham and Pasta Skillet Dinner

Ham and Pasta Skillet

Update 5/2011: So, after making this meal for over three years now, I always (always!) chuckle when my husband always (always!) says to me after taking the first couple bites, “Man, this stuff is tasty.”

And I remind him that we’ve eaten it at least 25 times and he reminds me that he knows that – he just likes to reaffirm it’s tastiness.

Simple and quick to put together, this is hands down my favorite way to use up ham leftovers. I find myself wanting to buy a 20-pound ham….just to have the leftovers to make this delicious pasta.

What To ServeSteamed broccoli or roasted cauliflower or even corn on the cob
A simple green salad (or for something more fancy this Gourmet Green Salad)
Fresh, seasonal fruit

Ham and Pasta Skillet Dinner

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes


  • 1 pound small tube or shell pasta
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 3 cups fully cooked ham, diced
  • 1 large sweet red pepper, diced
  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth or chicken stock
  • 1 T freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions – only cooking until al dente since pasta will continue to cook and soak up liquid when added to the skillet.
  2. While the pasta is cooking, in a large skillet, heat butter and olive oil over medium heat until butter is melted. Add pepper, onion, and garlic and cook until vegetables are tender, about 4-6 minutes. Add ham, basil and oregano and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, for another 2-3 minutes. Stir in broth (or stock) and lemon juice. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for about 10 minutes or until liquid is reduced by half (at first it looks like it will be way to β€œbrothy” but never fear, if you are patient, it will reduce!).
  3. Stir drained pasta into ham and vegetable mixture. Add 1/2 cup parmesan cheese and toss. Sprinkle parsley and remaining parmesan cheese over the top of the pasta. Serve immediately.

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Recipe Source: adapted from Lydia’s Blog