Creamy Pasta Shells with Broccoli and Ham

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Nutritional Information

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  • Calories: 819
  • Fat: 36g
  • Saturated fat: 19g
  • Protein: 27g
  • Carbohydrate: 97g
  • Fiber: 5g
  • Cholesterol: 107mg
  • Sodium: 849mg


  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 pound small pasta shells
  • 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


  1. 1. 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.
  2. 2. 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.
  3. 3. 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.
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