- 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
- 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.
- 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.
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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"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."
"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."
"I used small shells for the pasta. Great easy meal."
"This was quite good. Only had dried herbs but was still very flavorful. Will definitely make again."