Ham and Cheese Pasta is such a simple name – how about Schinkennudeln? Well, that is just the German name for this dish which generally consists of noodles, ham, cheese and sometimes cream or egg. I got this meal idea from What’s Gaby Cooking, I love her website and her Snapchat is my favorite. Most Friday’s you can find her on Snap cooking a meal from her website. She seems fun!
This meal was appealing to me as I made it in one pot, had simple ingredients and seemed like a perfect, hearty, winter meal. I made a huge batch of this and froze leftovers for some upcoming lunches.
If you are like those of us currently in central ND and mostly snowed in under a blizzard, you probably will find you have the ingredients on hand to make this tonight!
Ham and Cheese Pasta via What’s Gaby Cooking, slightly altered
- 3-4 cups (dry) pasta of your choice (I used whole grain rotini)
- 1/2 cup of pasta cooking water (reserved from cooking the pasta)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/2 cup onion, diced (I used a red onion)
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 1/2 cups (about 9 oz.) diced ham
- 12 oz. bag of frozen veggies (I used a mix of peas, corn and green beans)
- ½ cup (heaping) grated Parmesan cheese
- ½ cup (heaping) grated Colby jack cheese
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper, red pepper flakes (optional)
- Heat a large pot of salted water over high heat and bring to a boil. Once boiling, add the pasta and cook until al dente. Drain, reserving ½ cup of the pasta cooking water.
- Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in the same pot on medium heat until warm. Add the onion and sauté for 3-4 minutes until fragrant. Add the chopped garlic and cook for 1 minute more. Stir in the cubed ham and the frozen veggies and toss to combine.
- Add in the reserved pasta cooking water and then the pasta and 2 varieties of cheese. Season with salt and pepper, red pepper and lemon juice or zest. Toss to combine and serve as needed.
- You can let it cool and portion into servings to freeze for future meals.
If you are vegetarian, I think this would be great without ham and even more veggies. Enjoy!