4 cups small broccoli florets (from 1 medium head broccoli)
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 small onion, finely chopped
4 ounces cooked ham, chopped
3/4 cup heavy cream, warmed
1/2 cup grated Parmesan
How to Make It
Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Add pasta and cook until al dente, 8 to 10 minutes. Add broccoli for last 2 to 3 minutes of cooking time. Drain and return to pot.
While pasta is cooking, melt butter over medium heat in a large skillet. Add onion and sauté until softened, about 3 minutes. Add ham and cook, stirring, 2 minutes longer. Stir in cream, bring to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until thickened, 3 to 5 minutes.
Scrape cream mixture into pot with pasta and broccoli. Add cheese and toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper and serve immediately, passing more Parmesan, if desired.
i have never tried ham with pasta and i see recipes all the time. i tried this, it was fine. i think if i would have had a smokier-tasting ham it would have been 5 stars. maybe the leftover flavors will be married together better. i cut my broccoli in small pieces and microwaved for 2 min. didn't have any cream, used parmesan cheese and some of the pasta water. i cut the recipe in half and it still made a lot. maybe asparagus would be good in it? it's obvious that many love this dish!!!
Family loved it -- it is more like 8 servings and next time I would add extra ham and broccoli. The cream was just enough to coat the pasta without "soaking" it and I added the parmesan to the cream to melt it into the sauce. Will definitely make again.
Very quick and tasty. I didn't have heavy cream so I used 1 cup Half and Half, added cornstarch and some 1% milk and heated it through to thickened sauce. Also added shredded cheddar cheese for more zing.
My family loves this recipe and it continues to be a go-to for me. It's pretty simple and delicious! I use rice noodles and usually add arugula or spinach for an added veggie boost, but still tastes great. We love having the leftovers for lunch, too!
This recipe should make at least 8 servings, not 4. A single serving of pasta is 2 ounces, not 4 ounces like the recipe suggests. Once you double the number of servings, the calorie content is a much more reasonable 296 calories, 11.5g fat, 36g carbs, 13g protein
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