Sometimes you just need a quick and easy main dish when you are in a hurry to get something on the table or just plain tired. I love this ham and noodle pasta dish for it‘s creamy hardiness. Pair it up with a salad and crusty bread. You can have this cooked and on the table in a half hour. It is actually faster then a commercial frozen entrée that cooks depend on for quick and easy. Besides being quick and easy, it is also inexpensive to make. It is a good way to use up left over ham or you can buy cubed ham already cooked. I usually find a slice or cubed ham marked down that I freeze for a rainy day.
There is room for creative substitutes when you don’t have everything on hand. You can use milk or half and half instead of whipping cream. Any good cheese grated will work well only changing the flavor slightly. Usually parmesan cheese is a kitchen staple. A few slices of onion finely chopped can be substituted for green onions. What ever pasta you have on hand. This recipe serves 4 but you can double it to feed more.
Hurry Up Ham and Noodles
- 5 cups of uncooked wide noodles
- ¼ cup margarine or butter
- 1 cup whipping cream *
- 1 ½ cups cubed ham
- ½ cup parmesan cheese grated
- ¼ cup thinly sliced green onions**
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon pepper
Cook pasta according to package directions. While they are cooking, melt butter in a saucepan then add cream and grated cheese. Stir constantly until melted and hot. Add ham and onion. Continue stirring until ham is heated. (To quicken things up, the ham can be heated in the microwave with the onions before adding to sauce.) Add salt and pepper. Drain pasta and mix in ham sauce and serve.
* Half and half or milk can also be used. Milk will make a thinner sauce.
**When feeding small children I leave out the onions.