The Shady Porch: Cheesy Ham Pasta...a leftover makeover!


Cheesy Ham Pasta...a leftover makeover!

Well, our refrigerator was full of holiday leftovers and I faced a familiar problem - what to do with leftovers that had been really good the first time? I am not a fan of reheat and eat. Most times, I like to take the leftovers and make another delicious meal, something completely different, if possible.  We had leftover ham and I went in search of inspiration, and I found just the thing...Cheesy Ham Pasta!

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Serving of Cheesy Ham Pasta
My ham had originally baked with a honey mustard glaze so I was a little concerned that the glaze flavor might interfere with the new dish, but after tasting it I felt that it was mild enough that the new ingredients would still win the flavor battle. After all, this recipe has nacho cheese and cheddar, too!

Ham N Cheese Pasta The Shady Porch
Pot of Cheesy Ham Pasta
This recipe is ready in 30 minutes or less and it tastes great! My family really liked it and we all felt like it was a nice change to have a pasta recipe that used ham. If you don't have ham leftovers, I know our local grocer has packaged cooked ham cubes...which I've used when I prepared navy beans (but that's for another time!).

Cheesy Ham Pasta 
1 T. butter
1 T. olive oil
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 large green bell pepper, chopped
2 cups of cooked cubed ham
1 (17oz.) bottle double cheddar sauce (Ragu)
1/2 (15 oz.) jar nacho cheese dip
1/3 cup milk
1 (16 oz.) package of fettuccine pasta (we used Dreamfields Linguine)
Cheesy Ham Pasta  - saute ham and peppers
Cooking bell peppers and ham cubes
Directions: Bring a large pot of water to boil. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat butter and olive oil over medium heat. Add onion and garlic; cook and stir about 3 minutes. Add green bell pepper and ham cubes; cook and stir 4-5 minutes longer until peppers are tender.
Cheesy Ham Pasta The Shady Porch
Cheesy Ham and pepper sauce
Add pasta to water and stir. Then add sauce, cheese dip, and milk to skillet mixture.  (Tip - use the milk to rinse out the cheese jars so you have no waste!)
Reduce heat to low, and allow to simmer while the pasta cooks. 

When the pasta is done, drain and place on a serving plate. Spoon sauce over and serve immediately.

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