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This One Skillet Ham & Cheese Pasta is a weeknight winner ready in less than 30 minutes that makes EVERYONE need seconds. Change up the pasta, and the cheese, but make it over and over!
We’re in the throes of summer, and I just don’t feel like standing in my kitchen for hours on end after a day at work. Are you like me (most of the time) and get home and stand at the fridge/pantry and wonder what the heck you’re going to serve for dinner?
I used to be such a diligent meal planner, but lately – I’ve been super busy with work, and at the end of the day – I’m pretty drained, and have zero creative thoughts. Which really means I NEED to plan, but I since I don’t have time – I just keep my fridge and pantry reasonably well stocked, so I can always pull a quick meal together in very little time.
This dinner was born from necessity, ie, we were hungry, I had these ingredients, and we needed to eat SOON!
We almost ALWAYS have cheese, ham, garlic, onions and pasta as well as stock, and some half & half, so this meal almost makes itself!!
I sent the family out to swim for 30 minutes, and managed to get this on the table before they were even done – so I jumped in with them!This One Skillet Ham & Cheese Pasta is a weeknight winner ready in less than 30 minutes that makes EVERYONE need seconds. Change up the pasta, and the cheese, but make it over and over! Click To Tweet
Even though we actually ate this for dinner, I still managed to photograph it while it cooked, and was able to sneak a few pics before I dragged us all inside to eat. It kept nice and warm, but wasn’t radioactive hot (perfect temp for the boys to scarf immediately) AND it was all done (photos and all) in under 30 minutes.
If that’s the case, then without all the faffing about with the camera, then this could definitely happen in around 20 minutes if you prep ahead!
You can easily change this recipe up by switching out the cheese for cheddar or pepper jack, using leftover ham from a holiday meal, even turkey would be great in this! You are limited only by your pantry and what you are willing to try.
I sometimes add green beans or peas (if I think I can get away with it), and it adds a lovely pop of color, as well as beefing up the nutrition content.
Ingredients in One Skillet Ham & Cheese Pasta
Cool story: I left the half & half out of the ingredient picture because I was rushing to get this made and on the table! Okay, so maybe not a cool story, but that’s what happened. Whoops! The main point of me even mentioning it is because I know I have some eagle-eyed readers who would have emailed me and told me I left it out! Thanks, peoples – love you all!
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- 2 Tbs butter
- 1 medium onion diced
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 9 oz deli ham chopped
- 1 lb pasta any shape
- 4 cups chicken stock
- 1 cup half & half
- Salt and pepper
- 1 ½ cups Monterey Jack cheese
- In a large skillet, melt the butter.
- Add the onions, and cook over a medium high heat until onions soften.
- Add the garlic and cook 30 seconds.
- Add the ham, and cook 1 minute.
- Add the pasta, stock, half & half and some salt and pepper and stir well.
Cover, and bring a boil, then turn down the heat to medium and cook, stirring until pasta is tender (about 8-10 minutes).
- Add the cheese and mix in until well combined.