Creamy Pasta Shells with Broccoli and Ham

All You DECEMBER 2010

  • Yield: Serves 4
  • Cook time:12 Minutes
  • Prep time:5 Minutes
  • Cost Per Serving:$1.95


  • 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. 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. 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. 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.

Nutritional Information

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

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