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Tortellini and Ham

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


  • 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


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Add 2 tablespoons cheese. Drain tortellini; toss with ham mixture. Sprinkle with remaining cheese.

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  • LaChicaDeAyer
    Jan 16, 2020

    Delicious! This dish is full of flavor and tastes like something you'd order at a restaurant. I used fresh tortellini and fresh strips since that's what I had on hand. I also used Italian seasoning instead of just basil and parsley flakes. I topped with fresh ground pepper. I will be adding this to our meal rotation.

  • JCV4
    Mar 27, 2019

    Great, quick recipe for busy weekday dinners! Added a bit more garlic and some broccoli. Tasty!

  • xlsalbums
    May 23, 2017

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

  • suelt
    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
    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
    Mar 30, 2015

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

  • BoosBug
    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
    Dec 27, 2013

    just ok

  • lmarty
    Mar 29, 2013

    No comment left

  • homemaker27
    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