Ham and Cheese Pasta

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!

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Ham and Cheese Pasta via What’s Gaby Cooking, slightly altered

INGREDIENTS

  • 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)

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. You can let it cool and portion into servings to freeze for future meals.
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If you are vegetarian, I think this would be great without ham and even more veggies. Enjoy!

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About Feisty Eats

I love to eat, entertain, exercise and try new life adventures. I am in my 30's and have a great husband, dog (Winston) and cat (Brinklie). I love to try or make new recipes and drink new beers.
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