Ham & Pasta Skillet Dinner

2 Apr

Hey ya’ll! {I have family in Alabama so it’s okay if I say ya’ll, right?!} I hope you had a fabulous weekend. I got my spring cleaning done and my house looks and smells amazing! It feels so good and refreshing to have everything so clean and tidy! I give it a day before my two year old has it destroyed! I’m working on some printable scrapbooked spring cleaning checklist templates for ya’ll to download, I hope to get them done soon!

This delicious recipe comes from one of the blogs I stalk read every day. Mel at Mel’s Kitchen Cafe, who I have had the privilege of e-mailing back and forth with a few times. And, I have to tell you, she is the sweetest, kindest, most all around awesome lady I have met in the “blog world”! Love her!

So, I promised you an awesome recipe for using up Easter leftovers! I guess I should of added “if you eat ham for Easter”! If you don’t eat ham for Easter, this is the perfect excuse to go out and buy a ham, just so you can make this! I’ll post my go-to ham recipe soon! When I make a ham I cut it up into ham steaks after I cook it and throw it into the freezer. You won’t believe how handy it is to be able to pull those out when you need them!

My hubby loves this recipe. He really loves my ham recipe and loves when I make this with the leftovers! You feel full and satisfied without feeling guilty after the meal. It’s delicious yet light and the lemon juice and herbs makes it so refreshing!

I like to make it with Piccolini {baby bowtie pasta} !

Ham & Pasta Skillet Dinner

INGREDIENTS:
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

DIRECTIONS:
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. 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 “brothy” but never fear, if you are patient, it will reduce!). 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.

Source: Mel’s Kitchen Cafe

For a printable scrapbooked pdf of this recipe, click here.

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5 Responses to “Ham & Pasta Skillet Dinner”

  1. Mel April 2, 2012 at 8:29 pm #

    Alley – your picture is lovely! It is so colorful and I love the idea of using those little bitty piccolini noodles. My kids love those! Glad you love this recipe…

  2. Paula Kelly-Bourque (@VanillaBeanBake) April 3, 2012 at 2:19 pm #

    We love ham but I’ve never thought to use leftovers with pasta! Love this recipe and your pictures make it irresistible.

    • alleyo {AtHomeWithAlley} April 5, 2012 at 9:13 am #

      Thank you so much! Until this recipe I never thought to eat it with pasta either! It’s such a refreshing change up!

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