Creamy Ham Penne Recipe
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Creamy Ham Penne Recipe

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Mixing spreadable cheese with whole wheat pasta, broccoli and fat-free milk for a main dish is a healthier use of this convenience product than simply spreading it on crackers. —Barbara Pletzke, Herndon, Virginia
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 2 cups uncooked whole wheat penne pasta
  • 2 cups fresh broccoli florets
  • 1 cup fat-free milk
  • 1 package (6-1/2 ounces) reduced-fat garlic-herb spreadable cheese
  • 1 cup cubed fully cooked ham
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Nutritional Facts

1-1/4 cups: 371 calories, 8g fat (5g saturated fat), 47mg cholesterol, 672mg sodium, 49g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 7g fiber), 25g protein


  1. In a large saucepan, cook penne according to package directions, adding broccoli during the last 5 minutes of cooking; drain. Remove and set aside.
  2. In the same pan, combine milk and spreadable cheese. Cook and stir over medium heat for 3-5 minutes or until cheese is melted. Add the ham, pepper and penne mixture; heat through. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Creamy Ham Penne in Healthy Cooking October/November 2012, p27

Full-Bodied White Wine

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

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Reviewed Mar. 8, 2016

"I loved how quickly this simple meal went together. My kids wanted more flavor but said it was OK."

Reviewed Jan. 20, 2016

"I used almond milk and Laughing Cow reduced fat cheese. Quick recipe and very good...we had just this for dinner today...loved it."

Reviewed Mar. 21, 2015

"Will definitely be using the recipe regularly. Both my husband and the kids really enjoyed it. And it's so easy to make."

Reviewed Feb. 5, 2015

"I had forgotten about this recipe , which I made a couple of years back - my family loved it! I plan to make it again soon for an upcoming baby shower. It's super easy, creamy & delicious. This dish is a keeper!"

Reviewed Oct. 28, 2012

"I agree the cheese was a little pricey, but for two people, it is 2 meals. Since my husband is not a broccoli fan, I substituted fresh green beans cut in one inch pieces. We will enjoy this again and again! I think I'll decrease the milk to 3/4 cup also as suggested in another review to thicken the sauce a little bit."

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