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Creamy Ham Penne

This is a quick and delicious pasta dish that is also healthy. Approximate nutritional value per serving: 233 calories, 6g fat, 19g carbs
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 2 cups uncooked whole wheat penne pasta
  • 2 cups fresh broccoli florets
  • 1 cup fat-free milk
  • 1 package (6-1/2 ounces) reduced-fat garlic-herb spreadable cheese
  • 1 cup cubed fully cooked ham
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


  • In a large saucepan, cook penne according to package directions, adding broccoli during the last 5 minutes of cooking; drain. Remove and set aside.
  • In the same pan, combine milk and spreadable cheese. Cook and stir over medium heat for 3-5 minutes or until cheese is melted. Add the ham, pepper and penne mixture; heat through.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/4 cups: 371 calories, 8g fat (5g saturated fat), 47mg cholesterol, 672mg sodium, 49g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 7g fiber), 25g protein.

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  • robbrd
    Mar 8, 2016

    I loved how quickly this simple meal went together. My kids wanted more flavor but said it was OK.

  • sdipiazza
    Jan 20, 2016

    I used almond milk and Laughing Cow reduced fat cheese. Quick recipe and very good...we had just this for dinner today...loved it.

  • kkecia
    Mar 21, 2015

    Will definitely be using the recipe regularly. Both my husband and the kids really enjoyed it. And it's so easy to make.

  • KristineChayes
    Feb 5, 2015

    I had forgotten about this recipe , which I made a couple of years back - my family loved it! I plan to make it again soon for an upcoming baby shower. It's super easy, creamy & delicious. This dish is a keeper!

  • stressin
    Oct 28, 2012

    I agree the cheese was a little pricey, but for two people, it is 2 meals. Since my husband is not a broccoli fan, I substituted fresh green beans cut in one inch pieces. We will enjoy this again and again! I think I'll decrease the milk to 3/4 cup also as suggested in another review to thicken the sauce a little bit.

  • titania670
    Oct 28, 2012

    This was easy and good. The cheese was a little pricey, and next time I will probably reduce the milk to 3/4 cup to keep the sauce nice and thick. This was a thumbs WAY up from my son and husband. Definitely a winner.

  • mjlouk
    Oct 17, 2012

    I thought it was a little bland but it was kid friendly and my super picky kids actually ate it without complaining!

  • gorleyv
    Oct 14, 2012

    I added a little salt and used Barilla Plus pasta instead of wheat. Next time, I'll add more broccoli. I think this is company worthy.