Creamy Ham and Pea Pasta is the deliciously perfect use for leftover ham! This hearty family meal combines tender chunks of ham with fettuccine and peas in a cheesy white sauce that everyone loves! It's a quick and easy pasta dinner to make, either on the stove top or in your crock pot!
1cupSwiss cheese(grated, Gruyere is best for flavor and melting)
1cupsharp cheddar cheese(grated)
1/2tspeach, salt & pepper(to taste)
2cupsham(diced or cubed)
2cupspeas(or a 10 oz bag frozen, thawed)
Stove Top Ham and Pea Pasta
Cook your pasta according to boxed directions, typically on the lower end of the time suggested will yield a nice al dente texture (firm to the bite, but fully cooked). Drain and rinse in cool water. Set aside.
In a saucepan (or skillet, or Dutch Oven large enough to hold the pasta once combined with the sauce) melt the butter and saute the garlic for 1 minute.
Add milk, heavy cream, and cubed cream cheese. Warm until the cream cheese begins to break apart. Use a whisk to combine and finish breaking down the cream cheese.
Add the diced ham and peas (thawed peas, if using frozen) and cook for 1-2 minutes, or until the ham and peas are warmed.
Add the grated sharp cheddar and Swiss cheese, and season with salt and pepper (to taste). Stir occasionally until all of the cheese is melted.
Add the cooked fettuccine and stir until well coated. Remove from heat and serve immediately. Garnish with parsley when serving, if desired.
Crock Pot Ham and Pea Pasta
Spray the inside of your crock pot with non-stick cooking spray.
Cook your fettuccine in a saucepan for 5 minutes. Drain and rinse in warm water, then transfer to the crock pot.
Add remaining ingredients (except for the peas): butter, garlic, milk, heavy cream, cream cheese, grated sharp cheddar and Swiss cheeses, salt, pepper, and diced ham. Stir to combine.
Cover and set your slow cooker on low setting and cook for 3 hours, or until pasta is tender (al dente). Stir, then add the peas and cover. Finish cooking for 10 additional minutes.