Easy Cheesy Leftover Ham Pasta combines cubed ham, peas and carrots, and bowtie pasta in a creamy cheese sauce! This quick stove top dinner is a great family meal for busy schedules, or a relaxed weekend get together!
2cupspeas and carrots(frozen, thawed - 10 to 12 oz package)
Cook your bowtie (or farfalle) pasta according to the package instructions until they have reached an al dente texture. Drain and rinse in cool water. Set aside.
While the pasta is cooking, start your sauce in a large saucepan. Start your saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter, and add the garlic. Stir occasionally while cooking, about 1-2 minutes or until garlic is fragrant.
Add the diced ham, sear with the garlic for a minute or two, if desired. Add the chicken broth, half & half, and thawed peas and carrots. Season with salt and pepper, adjust seasoning later after the cheese has been melted into the sauce.
Bring the sauce to a simmer, stirring occasionally. When the ham is warmed through, about 3-4 minutes, add both the grated cheddar and mozzarella cheese. Stir until the cheeses are melted.
Add the cooked pasta to the sauce and stir to coat the pasta evenly. Serve immediately.