Tortellini and Ham Recipe
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Tortellini and Ham Recipe

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A couple of convenience items form the base of this quick meal. It's sure to become a staple when you need a great last-minute weeknight supper. Simple & Delicious Test Kitchen
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1 package (19 ounces) frozen cheese tortellini
  • 1 cup frozen pepper strips, thawed
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1-1/4 cups cubed fully cooked ham
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese, divided

Nutritional Facts

1-1/2 cups: 453 calories, 22g fat (11g saturated fat), 72mg cholesterol, 1168mg sodium, 40g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 2g fiber), 23g protein.


  1. Cook tortellini according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, saute pepper strips in butter until crisp-tender. Add ham and garlic; saute 1 minute longer.
  2. Combine the cornstarch, broth, basil, parsley and pepper; stir into pepper mixture. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.
  3. Add 2 tablespoons cheese. Drain tortellini; toss with ham mixture. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Tortellini and Ham in Simple & Delicious May/June 2009, p13

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

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

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xlsalbums User ID: 5254917 266242
Reviewed May. 23, 2017

"Mmmmm. Yum. We liked this recipe. It used up some leftover ham and it was quick and easy to make."

suelt User ID: 2751001 254314
Reviewed Sep. 19, 2016

"We like it better with shredded chicken and fresh red/yellow/orange peppers. It's a hit either way and great for potlucks!"

Dnpop User ID: 8483299 231569
Reviewed Aug. 21, 2015

"I doubled the recipe for our large family. It was good! Super easy to make and the whole family loved it. I used colorful fresh bell peppers and the only seasoning I used was Italian seasoning, pepper, and a sprinkle of kosher salt at the end. Will make again!"

Jami4 User ID: 5573747 223869
Reviewed Mar. 30, 2015

"This is a keeper! my husband doesn't like tortellini and he went back for seconds!"

BoosBug User ID: 7052546 180619
Reviewed Mar. 6, 2014

"This was really good! I hate to revamp a recipe and rate it but I stayed really close to this. I ran out of parm and parsley. I omitted the parsley and basil and added one tsp of Italian seasoning. I used fresh Romano cheese in place of parm. The flavor was amazing and lighter without a traditional cream sauce :)"

ahmom User ID: 3426126 163542
Reviewed Dec. 27, 2013

"just ok"

homemaker27 User ID: 6063773 181468
Reviewed Nov. 27, 2012

"i just got thru makn this and i made it basicly according to the recipe. i did change the broth to 1 cup and cornstarch to 1 T. Also the package of 3 cheese tortellini was 20 ounces. i did 1 cup of green, red, yellow and orange bell pepper so it was very colorful ;) i used leftover ham from Thanksgiving so it wasnt just canned ham :D i also sauted the garlic with the peppers instead of waiting to add it a little later. its delicious but i will wait and see what my 2 boys will think when they get off the bus lol"

ogamiaqt User ID: 6502986 105150
Reviewed Jun. 1, 2012

"Great way to use up leftover ham!"

dajs User ID: 4488732 113583
Reviewed Dec. 8, 2011

"This was exceptionally good. All the basil makes it taste just like a pesto sauce. Could hardly wait to eat it again for lunch. YUM!"

marja123 User ID: 4633739 210742
Reviewed Nov. 11, 2011

"easy, tasted great, and my picky kids ate it!"

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