Ham & Cheese Tortellini – use that leftover ham to make this easy creamy tortellini dinner in 20 minutes! Great one pan meal any night of the week!
Do you ever wonder what to do with leftover ham? My family loves Baked Ham, so we don’t always just reserve it for holidays. But it makes way more than we can eat, so I am always on the lookout for what to do with leftover ham. And this cheese tortellini is one of the most requested!
There is almost always enough leftover ham to make this tortellini as well as my husband’s favorite Ham and Bean Soup. I have been known to buy the diced ham at the store just to make this cheese tortellini as well, it is that good!
You know I love a one pan meal for quick and easy dinners on weeknights. And this ham & cheese tortellini is another hit. It is ready in 20 minutes, and I used a bag of frozen tortellini to make it easy and cheap. You can use the fresh tortellini in this too, it will work perfectly.
I almost always have tortellini in my fridge and freezer because it makes for such an easy dinner. Tortellini recipes are so versatile. You can use cheese filled like in this recipe, or meat filled in this Tomato-Basil Tortellini.
What to do with Leftover Ham
- Creamy Spring Gnocchi
- Scrambled Eggs and Ham
- Ham and Cheese Biscuits
- Ham Fried Rice
- Crispy Chicken Cordon Bleu
Throw in a few peas into these tortellini recipe and you have a full meal on the table in just minutes. It is great for busy weeknights and the perfect way to use up leftovers.
How to make One Pan Cheese Tortellini
- To heat leftover ham add just a little bit of oil into a skillet and heat over high heat. Add diced ham and let it cook for a few minutes to get a nice golden crust on the ham.
- Pour the cheese tortellini and chicken stock into the skillet. Everything cooks together and the pasta gets soft and delicious.
- Once the tortellini is cooked you add the heavy cream and cheese. You will get a creamy and delicious sauce.
- If you want to add peas add them in with the cheese to get them to warm through.
- Serve immediately. Leftovers are great for lunch the next day as well.
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- 2 tsp olive oil
- 1 small onion, , finely chopped
- 2 cups ham, , diced
- 2 cloves garlic, , minced
- 1 (1 pound) package frozen cheese tortellini
- 1 cup chicken stock
- 1 tsp crushed red pepper
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1 cup Monterey Jack cheese, , shredded
- 1/3 cup heavy cream
- In a large skillet heat olive oil over medium high heat. Add ham and onions, saute for 5-6 minutes until onions are tender and the ham is lightly browned. Stir in garlic, and cook for 1 minute until fragrant.
- Add tortellini, chicken stock, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, cover and cook for 8-10 minutes until tortellini is cooked.
- Stir in cheese and heavy cream until melted.
- Serve immediately
Adapted from Kevin & Amanda
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Amount Per ServingCalories 380 Total Fat 24g Saturated Fat 12g Trans Fat 0g Unsaturated Fat 9g Cholesterol 101mg Sodium 1289mg Carbohydrates 16g Fiber 1g Sugar 3g Protein 27g
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