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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KathyCooks1943 User ID: 8651526 252242
Reviewed Aug. 4, 2016

"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."

stephburrow23 User ID: 8604253 238829
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2015

"Yummy! Light and very flavorful sauce. Cooked up pretty quickly."

theresahill User ID: 6140480 235048
Reviewed Oct. 16, 2015

"My family loves this recipe. Quick easy meal on one of those busy nights."

justmbeth User ID: 1196484 234225
Reviewed Oct. 8, 2015

"Really good. The light sauce was a nice change from typical sauces. Recipe does make quite a bit."

kccaid_MI User ID: 43704 225215
Reviewed Apr. 21, 2015

"This recipe caught my eye because i dont care for heavy sauces on my pasta. Made it today and my family loved it. It was extremely flavorful. I followed the recipe as written but, since I don't care much for ham, I'll use chicken instead next time."

Lisabroadman User ID: 7917666 224932
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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