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Pretty Penne Ham Skillet Recipe
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Pretty Penne Ham Skillet Recipe

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I'm a busy nurse, so fast meals are a must. This pasta is a tasty change of pace from potato-ham casseroles. —Kathy Stephan, West Seneca, New York
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 package (16 ounces) penne pasta
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 cups cubed fully cooked ham
  • 1 large sweet red pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons minced fresh basil or 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons minced fresh oregano or 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

Nutritional Facts

1-1/2 cups equals 567 calories, 24 g fat (8 g saturated fat), 57 mg cholesterol, 1,344 mg sodium, 62 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 27 g protein.

Directions

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat oil and butter over medium-high heat. Add ham, red pepper and onion; cook and stir 4-6 minutes or until ham is browned and vegetables are tender. Add garlic and herbs; cook 1-2 minutes longer.
  2. Stir in broth and lemon juice. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 10-15 minutes or until liquid is reduced by half. Add pasta; toss to combine. Sprinkle with cheese. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Pretty Penne Ham Skillet in Taste of Home December/January 2006, p29

Nutritional Facts

1-1/2 cups equals 567 calories, 24 g fat (8 g saturated fat), 57 mg cholesterol, 1,344 mg sodium, 62 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 27 g protein.

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.

Reviews for Pretty Penne Ham Skillet

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Reviewed Apr. 16, 2015

"My family loves this! I did, however, listen to the reviews and remove the veggies and ham while the sauce was thickening up. It was perfect because the veggies were still slightly crisp. Question - I tried to add a note to the recipe so I would remember to remove the veggies in the future and I know I saved it but it's not there. Has anyone used the notes feature before?"

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Reviewed Apr. 9, 2015

"I recant. At first when I was done cooking, I thought this recipe would be awful because simmering the sauce made the vegetables into mush. And they WERE mush-but the flavor is fantastic. If you want the veggies crisp tender I recommend removing the veggies or cooking them separately and adding them after the sauce reduces. I made this with radiatore"

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Reviewed Mar. 2, 2015

"My family and I really like this recipe. It has become one of my favorite uses for leftover ham. The sweetness of the ham is nicely combined with the other ingredients. Use a very deep and large skillet since this makes a lot of food. I like to substitute in a package of thawed, frozen broccoli or peas for the bell pepper. I used a little less fat."

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Reviewed Jan. 28, 2015

"5 star"

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Reviewed Nov. 16, 2014

"This recipe is a great start, but I wasn't impressed with it as written. First off, it seems like way too much oil/butter. I did what was written to start, but ended up draining a lot of oil while the ham/veggies were cooking. Having the peppers in while the sauce simmered/reduced left them super soggy and soft. I don't like the texture of the penne with the chunks of ham either, but that might just be a personal preference.

I really liked the flavor of the sauce, so I might try this again, but with several changes. I would cut the butter/oil at least in half, probably would try asparagus instead of a bell pepper, not have the pepper/asparagus/whatever in the sauce while it reduces, and I would use a different type of pasta - perhaps rotini."

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