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Leftover Ham Alfredo Pasta Recipe

Leftover Ham Alfredo Pasta is a one pot pasta made with cooked ham, sweet peas, pasta shells, and a creamy, dreamy alfredo sauce. Turn your holiday ham, or any ham, into this crowd-pleasing comfort food in under 30 minutes!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Keyword leftover ham recipe
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 5 1-cup servings
Calories 439kcal
Author Traci Antonovich


  • 2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/4 large White Onion diced; about 1/2 cup
  • 3 cloves Garlic minced
  • 3 cups Reduced Sodium Chicken Broth
  • 2 cups Orecchiette Pasta Shells uncooked
  • 1 cup Frozen Peas thawed
  • 1 cup Ham diced
  • 2/3 cup Half and Half
  • 1 cup Parmesan Cheese
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
  • 2 Tbsp fresh Parsley chopped


  • In an 11” skillet on medium flame, heat EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL until shimmering (about 2 min).
  • Add ONION and GARLIC; saute until tender and fragrant (about 3 min).
  • Add CHICKEN BROTH and PASTA SHELLS; increase heat to high to reach boiling point.
  • Reduce heat to medium and cook (uncovered) about 10 minutes; NOTE: pasta will not fully cook during this stage.
  • Add PEAS, HAM, and HALF AND HALF; turn heat to HIGH to bring sauce just to a boil.
  • Reduce heat to med-low and simmer until pasta shells are cooked to your liking; stirring frequently (3-5 minutes).
  • Fold in PARMESAN CHEESE, season with BLACK PEPPER, and garnish with fresh PARSLEY; serve warm.
  • Note: I didn’t salt this recipe due to the sodium in the chicken broth, ham, and the parmesan cheese.


Yield: 5 cups
Serving size: 1 cup

Nutrition facts are provided as a courtesy, and are estimates based on unbranded ingredients acquired from a nutrition database. For accurate calculations, please refer to brand packaging information and consult your nutritionist.


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 439kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 42mg | Sodium: 713mg | Potassium: 448mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 12.4% | Vitamin C: 18.2% | Calcium: 29.7% | Iron: 9.7%