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One Pot Ham & Penne Skillet Recipe

posted by Julie Evink on March 22, 2016

One Pot Ham & Penne Skillet Recipe ~ Delicious Pasta Perfect for a Quick Dinner! Loaded with Ham, Penne and Peas! 

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One Pot Ham & Penne Skillet Recipe ~ Delicious Pasta Perfect for a Quick Dinner! Loaded with Ham, Penne and Peas!


Easter week is here! I couldn’t believe it when I looked at the calendar and it was this week. Apparently I thought there was another week in there. I was greatly mistaken and left scrambling for things like a white cardigan for RyRy. Ahem. One would think they would be all over the place this time of year because Easter dresses for children are sleeveless, we live in Minnesota, therefore we need cardigans. Logical huh? Well, no it’s not or at least not in the eyes of Target, Carters etc. Easter week also means you’ll be dying Easter Eggs and eating lots of ham, which also means leftover eggs perfect for Deviled Eggs or Deviled Egg Salad Sandwiches and leftover ham perfect for this pasta dish next week!

One Pot Ham & Penne Skillet Recipe ~ Delicious Pasta Perfect for a Quick Dinner! Loaded with Ham, Penne and Peas!


Back to my cardigan fiasco. So I’m trolling the internet looking for one that would be here by the end of the week and I was up in arms about it. I explain my frustration to my hubs and he gets to work looking for one. He’s a rock star, which I already knew, because he found me one and I’m praying it will be here on Friday like it says! I also had to order new shoes for Miss K because the shoes I put on her last week didn’t fit this week. Kids. I swear they grow overnight some of the time! So as long as all of this arrives on time I should have two cute matching girls to show off at Easter. Yes, I love to make them match and Miss K thoroughly enjoys it so I’m going to do it as long as I can because pretty soon that won’t be cool at all and neither will I. Sigh. I’m not looking forward to that!

One Pot Ham & Penne Skillet Recipe ~ Delicious Pasta Perfect for a Quick Dinner! Loaded with Ham, Penne and Peas!

Now onto this pasta at hand! You guys it’s like amazing, done in around 30 minutes and it’s got your veggies and pasta all in one dish! I couldn’t stop eating it when I made it and I look forward to whipping it up again soon. The sauce is homemade but it’s so ridiculously easy plus it’s as light as a pasta is going to get so dig in and enjoy it!

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One Pot Ham & Penne Skillet

Prep Time 15 minutes Cook Time 15 minutes Serves 6 servings     adjust servings


  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 c. chopped yellow onion
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 3 c. cubed fully cooked ham
  • 1/2 tsp dried parsley
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil
  • 1/4 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 3 c. chicken broth
  • 2 c. 2% milk
  • 1/4 c. flour
  • 1 (16 oz) penne noodles, uncooked
  • 2 c. frozen peas, thawed
  • 1/2 c. Parmesan cheese


  1. Place 1 Tbsp olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat until warm. Saute ham and onions until onions are translucent. Add garlic, parsley, basil, oregano, pepper and red pepper flakes; cook 1-2 minutes.
  2. Stir in broth, milk, flour and penne noodles. Cook 10 minutes.
  3. Adds peas and cook five more minutes or until pasta is cooked threw and peas are warm.
  4. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top of pasta.


Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per ServingAs Served
Calories 687kcal Calories from fat 187
% Daily Value
Total Fat 21g32%
Saturated Fat 7g35%
Transfat 0g
Cholesterol 83mg28%
Sodium 1572mg66%
Carbohydrate 82g27%
Dietary Fiber 5g20%
Sugars 11g
Protein 41g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Total FatLess than65g
Sat FatLess than25g
CholesterolLess than300mg
SodiumLess than2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate300g
Dietary Fiber25g

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  • John Storeys

    Very easy and economical!

  • Jennifer @ Show Me the Yummy

    Why are one pot pastas the best thing EVER?! This looks amazing, Julie! 🙂

  • Danielle | The Creative Bite

    I have a hard time finding dishes that actually look good to use up leftover ham. This dish looks DELICIOUS though and I will certainly be trying it after Easter.

  • Ashley | The Recipe Rebel

    Haha, yes! The white cardigan is a staple in these frigid climates! You know I seriously love any one pot dish, and this one is no exception!

  • Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction

    I love one pot meals! This skillet dish is such a great way to use up that leftover Easter ham!

  • Cathy Trochelman

    Yep, my family would be ALL over this!

  • Ptj

    I made this exactly as directed and the pasta needs way more liquid, and much more time, to cook. I had to add 3c extra broth to get it to cook through. We didn’t care for it at all.

    • Victoire

      I wish I had read your comment before making this for dinner tonight! Definitely not enough cooking liquid and so the pasta took much longer.

      • Julie Evink

        Hi Victoire! Thanks for letting me know you had problems with this recipe. I made this again for supper tonight following the directions as printed and had great results. I will say it’s doesn’t have a ton of sauce but we enjoyed this. If you are looking for more sauce please add more milk and broth. I’m not sure what happened when you made it.

        • Gay

          Why not cook the noodles first?

          • Julie Evink

            The purpose of the “One Pot” recipe would be to only dirty one pot and cook the noodles with everything else. This is why there is extra liquid in this recipe.

  • Amesha

    This LOOKED delicious, however, as stated above, it needed way more liquid and longer to cook. Not to mention it was bland, needing more salt than the ham provided. Would’ve tasted better with a jar of store bought Alfredo and less peas, more cheese. Couldn’t even finish it. Super disappointed!!

    • Julie Evink

      HI Amesha! Thanks for letting me know you had problems with this recipe. I made this again for supper tonight following the directions as printed and had great results. I’m not sure what happened when you made it. If you do use jarred Alfredo you will not have enough liquid to cook the noodles in. Make sure to use extra chicken broth if you opt for this.

  • Nicole

    Are you cooking on medium the whole time? Pot covered? Please provide a little more detail. Thanks!

    • Julie Evink

      Yes and cover the pan if you’d like! It provides a little more sauce!

  • Alison Finch

    I saw a couple of negative reviews and just wanted to let you know that I made this a couple of days ago, and my family loved it! I used elbow macaroni because I had it on hand, and I put a lid on the pan while it was cooking to preserve some of the liquid. The macaroni was fully cooked in 10 minutes, so I didn’t need the extra 5 minutes after adding the peas. I did pour in some extra broth/milk because I prefer more sauce, but that is just personal preference. My picky kids even liked it! Thanks for the great one pan recipe!

  • Vicki

    Just made this using left over Christmas ham. Used vegetable broth since I did not have chicken, also used veggie penne. This turned out amazing and my husband and I agree this is a keeper. Great flavor! Thanks for sharing.

  • Megan

    Just made this tonight and it turned out great!

    I made a few adjustments:
    I used a large saucepan for everything. I had no onion so I just sauted the ham to get it a bit more saltier. I also used 32 oz of broth, whole milk and 16oz of rotini. I like my peas to ‘snap’ so I used frozen sweet peas and cooked until my noodles we al dente( about 17 minutes total, 5 were after I added the peas). It was creamy but not loaded like an alfredo. So so good and our kids just ate it up!

    Thanks for this recipe. It will definitely be on our rotation more.

  • Marka

    We made this tonight and with some modifications it was really good, my 2 year old asked for seconds. As others said, it needed more broth to cook the noodles, I used 32 oz of broth. I also added broccoli to throw in an extra veggie. It wasn’t flavorful enough like this, so I added salt to taste and extra Parmesan. Turned out really good, but wasn’t as healthy with the extra cheese 🙂

    • Julie Evink

      Awesome adaptions Marka! Glad you enjoyed it!

  • Bet

    I am looking forward to making this. TY for the recipe. I have always had trouble getting pasta done in this kind of recipe. I know it kills the “one pot” thing, but I will cook pasta 1/2 way before adding to pot.

  • Beth Marohn

    I made this tonight and my hubby & I loved it, my picky daughter not so much… but she doesn’t like too many veggies, & peas isn’t one of them. Lol We skipped the pepper flakes and added a little more milk, but only because I didn’t feel like dirtying a lid to cover it. 😉 My daughter needed more salt, but we thought it good the way it was & will make it again! I LOVED that it was all in one pot too!

    • Julie Evink

      Ahhh yes, kids are picky aren’t they? At least peas are easy to pick out!! Glad you enjoyed it!

  • Dawn

    I just made this for dinner with a few changes and thought it was a success! I didn’t want to use up my ham that we use for breakfast so I cubed up some boneless skinless chicken breasts and cooked it with the olive oil and onion and added the garlic when it was closer to being done. I whisked the flour into my broth because I was worried about it clumping. I used regular generic grocery store brand penne. Once it came back up to a boil I reduced the heat to a simmer with the lid on the whole time. At 10 min I added 1 cup of frozen peas and cooked for 3-5 more minutes. I thought the seasoning was good. I seasoned the chicken with pepper and Alpine Touch (a Made in MT seasoning) while cooking the chicken and checked for salt level as I finished the dish. My 1 year old ate 2 helpings and my 7 year old ate 2 helpings. I thought it was tasty.

    • Julie Evink

      Sounds like great changes Dawn! I’ll have to try it like that. If the kids ate it, then you know it’s a winner 😉

  • Bri

    Anyone ever try this recipe with gluten free penne?

    • Karen

      I’d like to know about this as well! ?

  • Crystal Romero

    Made this tonight for dinner…it was DEE-LISH! I changed out the cheese to Monterey’s what I had on hand…I followed the rest to a Tee…FANTABULOUS! THANK YOU!

  • Yvonne

    I’m really confused. I love one of your recipes but don’t understand one of your ingredients, “3 cloves minced garlic” If I’m using minced garlic from a jar, how much should I be using?
    Thank you for your help. I can’t wait to make it!!

    • Julie Evink

      On the back of the jar it should say how much of the minced garlic equal one clove. You would need to multiple that amount by 3 to get three cloves worth of garlic. Hope that helps.

  • Hayley

    Made this tonight but had no ham so used cooked bacon. Came out really well, had no problems with the pasta cooking and the liquid amount was perfect. I also used a whisk to make sure there was no lumps and I covered it while cooking.
    Hubby and kids loved it and enough leftover for my lunch tomorrow!

  • Amy

    Just made this recipe tonight and it turned out wonderful. All I had was mixed frozen veggies and had to cook the noodles a bit longer but it was really good.

  • Linda

    I just made this with the last of the holiday Christmas ham and it is delicious and easy recipe that created a satisfying meal. Best of all had all the ingredients in the pantry. I followed the recipe exactly. although I don’t measure out the spices.

    Others may find it helpful toI know the penned cooked through as did cover my pan when I added the penne and let it boil for 10 minutes, then added the frozen peas, covered again and timed for five minutes. Served with freshly grated parmesan on top.

    • Julie Evink

      So glad you enjoyed it Linda!

  • Tiffany Preddy

    Where did the recipe go?????
    I’ve made it before several times and loved it. Want to make it tonight and the recipe has disappeared from the page…

    • Julie Evink

      Hi Tiffany! Sorry we were having some technical difficulties everything should be resolved!

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