Penne with Ham and Parmesan Recipe -
Penne with Ham and Parmesan Recipe
  • READY IN 35 mins

Penne with Ham and Parmesan

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"This is a full-on pasta dish with ham, mushrooms, spinach, and a Parmesan cheese sauce. Serve with fresh ground pepper."

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    20 mins

    35 mins


  1. Stir 1/2 teaspoon salt into a pot of water; bring to a boil. Stir penne pasta into the boiling water and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender yet firm to the bite, about 11 minutes; drain.
  2. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook and stir ham and mushrooms in hot butter until the mushrooms are softened, 3 to 4 minutes.
  3. Stir flour, remaining salt, and bay leaf into the ham mixture; cook and stir until flour begins to bind butter into a paste, about 2 minutes. Stream milk into the skillet while stirring. Melt Parmesan cheese into the milk mixture; add basil and continue cooking and stirring until the milk thickens into a sauce, 2 to 3 minutes.
  4. Remove skillet from heat and immediately stir spinach into the sauce; add to drained pasta and stir to coat the pasta.
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  • Cook's Notes:
  • You can use 2 teaspoons fresh chopped basil in place of the dried, if preferred.

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Feb 18, 2015

Excellent! As usual I can't just follow a recipe - I tweaked it a bit. I added a thinly sliced small onion and some minced garlic from reading the reviews. Made this with fresh spinach, just wilted it down and chopped it, also added at the end a diced tomato for a bit more color. 1% milk worked just fine. And I agree - fresh basil would have been good-

Jan 27, 2015

Very easy recipe. Creamy and cheesy. Great way to use up ham. I used skim milk so I don't think it was as 'high fat' as a person might think. I used ground bay leaf seasoning rather than the bay leaf but other than that, I followed the recipe exactly. When basil is fresh and on hand, it would be a great addition.

Nov 02, 2014

This was good and came together easily. It's very rich, so I think I'd prefer it as a side dish. I added some diced onion to the butter/ham/mushrooms and enjoyed the added texture/flavor (I'd add some minced garlic, too, if I made it again). The recipe doesn't mention removing the bay leaf before serving, but be sure you do. THANKS for the recipe!


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  • Calories
  • 608 kcal
  • 30%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 57 g
  • 18%
  • Cholesterol
  • 84 mg
  • 28%
  • Fat
  • 30.9 g
  • 48%
  • Fiber
  • 4 g
  • 16%
  • Protein
  • 27.8 g
  • 56%
  • Sodium
  • 1352 mg
  • 54%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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