Creamed Spinach Ham Pasta Recipe

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"My kids think I improvise our weeknight meals...they're right!" notes Brenda Andrew. The San Antonio, Texas cook says this taste-tempting creation is great with a fresh green salad and a loaf of crusty bread.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 8 ounces uncooked small tube pasta
  • 1-1/2 cups 2% milk
  • 1 envelope carbonara pasta sauce mix
  • 1-1/2 cups diced fully cooked ham
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen creamed spinach, thawed

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 443 calories, 13g fat (6g saturated fat), 44mg cholesterol, 1609mg sodium, 59g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 3g fiber), 24g protein.


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, whisk the milk and sauce mix until blended. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly.
  2. Drain pasta; stir into the sauce. Add ham and spinach; cook and stir until heated through. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Creamed Spinach Ham Pasta in Quick Cooking November/December 2003, p9

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.

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