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


  • 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

1-2/3 cups: 567 calories, 24g fat (8g saturated fat), 57mg cholesterol, 1344mg sodium, 62g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 4g fiber), 27g protein.


  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

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

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

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vewebber58 User ID: 998755 268079
Reviewed Jun. 18, 2017

"What a delightful recipe this turned out be when I tried it last night! I took a chance and used a recipe I'd never made before for company, and everyone loved it! I did cut down a bit on the oil and butter, and didn't use a full three cups of ham, but those were the only changes I made. It's light, easy, and quick to prepare......not to mention delicious!.......and there are so many good vegetable dishes/salads you can pair it with because it isn't a heavy main dish. A real keeper, and will be used frequently in the future!"

Char User ID: 8398775 264479
Reviewed Apr. 8, 2017

"I would add some chopped broccoli to it. Maybe a half to one pound. It needs something to give it a lift. I think some carrots or peas would help if you don't care for broccoli. I might also like to thicken the liquid portion before adding the pasta. That would coat the pasta and help the taste."

grammydebbie611 User ID: 8020979 263339
Reviewed Mar. 11, 2017

"didnt seem like a lot of taste but it was nice for a change of pace."

ytnbu User ID: 4831409 258454
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2016

"This was good , but a little runny. enjoyed."

badcooktrying User ID: 7740106 258215
Reviewed Dec. 16, 2016

"This is a fantastic recipe. I happened to have some mushrooms so added them in while cooking the other veggies. It was delicious."

KathyCooks1943 User ID: 8651526 252242
Reviewed Aug. 4, 2016 Edited Apr. 21, 2017

"Loved it. Had one and a half grilled ham steaks left over. Added an extra cup of homemade chicken broth and every one found it very tasty. Thanks for a easy and great recipe. :-):-):-):-)"

Cook_aholic User ID: 797539 247319
Reviewed Apr. 21, 2016

"Made this about a month ago. We thought it was dry and that it did not need as much oil and butter. Actually used one T of olive oil and 2 T of broth to saute onion, red pepper and ham in the first place. I did continue to add broth throughout. I used no-salt added vegetable broth as it always seems richer to me and gives a little more flavor than chicken broth. After I had everything put together I checked for moisture and added a couple T of milk and the same of more broth.

quick recipe and nice idea."

lannieyates User ID: 8803129 246238
Reviewed Mar. 29, 2016

"Excellent dish. I changed very little to the existing recipe. Used left over ham from Easter. GOYA FOODS has a ham flavored concentrate packet that added more ham flavor. If you do not mind using packaged food products to flavor. My fresh chives were ready to cut, and gave more flavor to dish. Light and tasty. Husband said only a glass of wine was missing. May try adding wine next time we make it. Thank you. Pleasant change from heavy sauces."

Rahnee64 User ID: 6762067 246113
Reviewed Mar. 27, 2016

"My sons and I didn't really care for it. We thought it was a bit dry."

robbrd User ID: 1292786 239506
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2015

"quick and easy with good flavor. A nice change from red/white sauce. I don't see this being a dish that is requested in our house but I would make it again for convenience of ease and time."

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