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Pretty Penne Ham Skillet Recipe

Pretty Penne Ham Skillet Recipe

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. YIELD: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


  • 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.

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.

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vewebber58 User ID: 998755 268079
Reviewed Jun. 18, 2017

"What a delightful recipe this turned out be when I tried it last night! I took a chance and used a recipe I'd never made before for company, and everyone loved it! I did cut down a bit on the oil and butter, and didn't use a full three cups of ham, but those were the only changes I made. It's light, easy, and quick to prepare......not to mention delicious!.......and there are so many good vegetable dishes/salads you can pair it with because it isn't a heavy main dish. A real keeper, and will be used frequently in the future!"

Char User ID: 8398775 264479
Reviewed Apr. 8, 2017

"I would add some chopped broccoli to it. Maybe a half to one pound. It needs something to give it a lift. I think some carrots or peas would help if you don't care for broccoli. I might also like to thicken the liquid portion before adding the pasta. That would coat the pasta and help the taste."

grammydebbie611 User ID: 8020979 263339
Reviewed Mar. 11, 2017

"didnt seem like a lot of taste but it was nice for a change of pace."

ytnbu User ID: 4831409 258454
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2016

"This was good , but a little runny. enjoyed."

badcooktrying User ID: 7740106 258215
Reviewed Dec. 16, 2016

"This is a fantastic recipe. I happened to have some mushrooms so added them in while cooking the other veggies. It was delicious."

KathyCooks1943 User ID: 8651526 252242
Reviewed Aug. 4, 2016 Edited Apr. 21, 2017

"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?"

Lovesublime User ID: 8329864 224560
Reviewed Apr. 9, 2015

"I recant. At first when I was done cooking, I thought this recipe would be awful because simmering the sauce made the vegetables into mush. And they WERE mush-but the flavor is fantastic. If you want the veggies crisp tender I recommend removing the veggies or cooking them separately and adding them after the sauce reduces. I made this with radiatore"

Troi User ID: 63638 221864
Reviewed Mar. 2, 2015

"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."

abschultz12 User ID: 7833237 219062
Reviewed Jan. 28, 2015

"5 star"

Nanaki User ID: 8076410 155301
Reviewed Nov. 16, 2014

"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."

Racey46 User ID: 4799167 148579
Reviewed Oct. 18, 2014

"I used small shells for the pasta. Great easy meal."

[email protected] User ID: 2199623 207364
Reviewed Oct. 14, 2014

"This was quite good. Only had dried herbs but was still very flavorful. Will definitely make again."

dschultz01 User ID: 1076910 83103
Reviewed Sep. 22, 2014

"Loved the taste of this, but there seemed to be a lot of liquid that didn't reduce. However, it did seem to soak into the pasta after it sat for a little while. Overall, a great way to use up leftover ham!"

resalee User ID: 2666727 133474
Reviewed Feb. 18, 2014

"The whole family enjoyed this dish. I included a very finely chopped zucchini to add some nutritional value and my picky son didn't notice. A nice change from the usual pasta in red sauce. I will definately make this again."

katlaydee3 User ID: 3741999 72302
Reviewed Jan. 5, 2014

"We loved this recipe! Definitely quick and easy. The only changes that I made were to use tri-color penne and to double the lemon juice. I served this with Greek salad and garlic bread."

jmkasprak User ID: 2880256 83100
Reviewed Jun. 6, 2013

"I guess I'm just not a pasta eater, because I found this to be boring. I used fresh herbs and grated the parmesan myself, and I still felt it lacked something. I juiced a whole lemon to get some zing to the broth. I took a look at the reduced "sauce" and only tossed in half the pasta."

richtap User ID: 4430012 148576
Reviewed Feb. 4, 2013

"I make this at least monthly. I normally have all the ingredients on hand, it's easy, and the family loves it. I do use bow tie pasta instead though."

A13 User ID: 6893613 67212
Reviewed Oct. 30, 2012

"My family loved it! My dad took leftovers to work and later on in the month he brought 3 lunches of the same dish because everyone in his office wanted some!"

grjen User ID: 2792354 103105
Reviewed Mar. 25, 2012 Edited Jan. 20, 2014

"This was delicious and light. Different from the typical pasta dish I eat. Will definitely make again with leftover ham. I have made again and added some edamame for more color. Still delicious!"

catlovesbooks User ID: 4808399 83099
Reviewed Dec. 24, 2011

"Fantastic! What a great way to use up leftover ham!"

1275 User ID: 6324211 133709
Reviewed Nov. 5, 2011

"This is a surprisingly different dish. The spices really make it great. I left out the pepper and cut the ham down to 2 cups. I also cut the pasta down to around 1/2 pound to 3/4 pound- a pound seemed like too much. Shredded mozzarella cheese goes nicely on top. I found it a to have a little too much liquid. I might cut some of the chicken broth next time. I also might suggest using smaller pasta. I used ziti pasta and I think it needed to be some sort of smaller sort of noodles. I might suggest bow-tie or shell pasta. Very interesting dish!"

amy8187 User ID: 1703860 133473
Reviewed May. 5, 2011

"We have made this many, many times and it's an all-time Taste of Home favorite! It's so easy and delicious! It's also good if you substitute shrimp or grilled chicken for the ham."

polarbear6233 User ID: 4465555 136191
Reviewed Mar. 3, 2010

"Both times I've made this, I've added a green vegetable - zucchini the first time, and asparagus the second time. I think it tastes much better that way!"

soccerjoe18 User ID: 3124425 67011
Reviewed Jan. 15, 2010

"I made this recipe last night using whole wheat penne pasta and my husband and I loved this skillet. It has a really nice light flavor. I normally eat very bold dishes with tons of spices but this was a very nice change."

blkolivi User ID: 2193246 150512
Reviewed Nov. 21, 2009

"I have fussy eaters and I am happy when I find a good recipe. Its quick and easy with lots of left overs."

MauiDan User ID: 2612194 133472
Reviewed Jul. 16, 2009

"Rather bland, not big on taste. Family opted for sandwiches instead."

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