Tomato Ham Pasta Recipe

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I got this recipe from a cooking show years ago and have been making it often ever since. I like to use tomatoes fresh from my garden.—Colleen Harvel, Big Bear City, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES:8 servings
Quick Diabetic Exchange Test Kitchen Approved
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 3 cups uncooked penne pasta
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 4 medium tomatoes, peeled, seeded and chopped
  • 1 cup diced fully cooked ham
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt-free seasoning blend
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

Nutritional Facts

1 cup equals 170 calories, 6 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 9 mg cholesterol, 229 mg sodium, 23 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 7 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1 lean meat 1/2 fat.


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, in a skillet, saute garlic in oil until tender. Add tomatoes; simmer for 5 minutes. Stir in ham and seasonings. Cook 8 minutes longer or until heated through. Drain pasta; add to ham mixture. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Tomato Ham Pasta in Country Woman March/April 2000, p36

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

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

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