Baked Penne With Diced Ham

I have plenty of Ham because I bought a huge one after the Holidays with the intention to divide and freeze then use in different dishes. I made Ham & Pinto Beans Sopas last month. Here’s Ham and Potatoes Sopas and Ham & Potatoes Soup recipes for other Ham recipes. Ham & Spinach Frittata for weekend brunch. Or perhaps as a pizza topping too. One of these days I will make egg & ham sandwiches but for now, here’s Baked Penne with Diced Ham for dinner.

Baked Penne With Diced Ham


  • 2 cups diced ham
  • 1 sm onion chopped
  • 2-3 cloves garlic chopped finely
  • 2 cups penne cooked al dente
  • water for boiling pasta
  • 1/2 brick softened cream cheese
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2-3 cups reserved pasta water
  • dried herbs: Italian/Oregano/Thyme
  • 1 cup shredded cheese of your choice
  • 2-3 tbsp olive oil


  • Boil water to cook the penne. Reserve 2-3 cups of the pasta water.
  • In a skillet, heat up olive oil then sauté garlic and onions.
  • Add the diced ham to cook for 2-3 minutes.
  • Stir in cream cheese.
  • Add cream and pasta water.
  • Season with dried herbs.
  • Stir everything together to combine.
  • Add the cooked penne.
  • Stir everything together. Preheat the oven to 350°
  • Transfer into a baking dish. Top with shredded cheese. Bake it in the oven for 20-25 minutes.

There you go.

Sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese. Serve with salad and garlic bread. For other Baked Penne recipes, click here.

Dexie Jane

Mother of 2. She drinks coffee everyday and wine on the weekends. She devours massive amount of chocolate, pork, and sushi. She loves to dance in her living room and binge-watches KDRAMA, historical dramas, and excessive unhealthy dose of Crime/Murder mysteries/dramas/documentaries. She's also a proud Bibliophile and loves being a bargain fashionista & SHOEHOLIC!

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