Ham and Cheese Tortellini

Looking for an easy, but tasty one-pot meal for those busy weeknights? Creamy Ham and Cheese Tortellini is your answer! 

ham and cheese tortellini with broccoli


 

Creamy Ham and Cheese Tortellini uses an easy alfredo sauce recipe with cubed ham, peas, broccoli and seasonings to make a 20 minute one-pot meal!

This easy tortellini recipe dates back to my college days. I used to head to the store, buy 2 packets of powdered Alfredo mix, a box of cheese tortellini, frozen veggies, a block of Oscar Mayer honey ham and the no-refrigeration needed Parmesan cheese shaker.

The thought now makes me shiver.

My tastes have matured a bit, but the dish remains one of my favorites. Let’s be honest, tortellini recipes will always be one of my favorites!

Nowadays I make a homemade Alfredo sauce, seeing that it takes the same amount of time to use whole ingredients as it does to whisk milk with a cheese flavored powdered.

Creamy Tortellini and Ham Pasta - An easy pasta recipe ready in just 20 minutes! Peas, broccoli, ham and cheese tortellini! www.savoryexperiments.com

The ham I get from the meat department, realizing that it is much cheaper to buy a hunk of meat and then freeze the rest than to buy processed deli meat.

Sometimes I use leftover ham from other various recipes like Peach and Riesling Ham. Even though the ham is seasoned, it only adds to the dish.

PRO TIP: Although this is an easy and quick dish, do freshly grate your parmesan cheese. It will have more flavor and be less dry. 

I still use frozen veggies, since they are so convenient and still hold nutritional value, but I do opt for freshly grated Parmesan cheese. Creamy Tortellini and Ham comes together in just 20 minutes, making it ideal for quick weeknight meals.

I prefer fresh tortellini, but I recognize it costs a little more. You can still use the dried variety and have a quality dish. The type of tortellini is up to you.

Since I already use ham, I prefer cheese or spinach tortellini. It also makes me feel like I am sneaking in additional veggies (the spinach type). You can totally use meat tortellini, beef or pork is great! 

Creamy Tortellini and Ham Pasta - An easy pasta recipe ready in just 20 minutes! Peas, broccoli, ham and cheese tortellini! www.savoryexperiments.com

If you want to use a beef tortellini, you can omit the ham or substitute with cooked shrimp, chicken or even turkey. The protein isn’t the important part, it is the sauce and seasonings.

Other good veggies to add to this ham and cheese tortellini:

  • Roasted red peppers
  • Mushrooms
  • Onion 
  • Squash 
  • Sun dried tomatoes
  • Leeks
  • Garlic 

I usually make a little extra so I have leftovers to take for lunch, but if you are feeding a crowd, this recipe is perfect! All you need is a large Dutch oven and you are ready to rock and roll! 

Overhead of ham and cheese tortellini recipe

If you enjoyed this easy one pot meal, check these out!

Sharp cheddar cheese tossed with rice, broccoli florets, roasted red pepper and tender Eckrich Smoked Sausage. Dinner is ready in just 15 minutes! #easydinnerideas #skilletmeals #onepandinner www.savoryexperiments.com

Cheesy Sausage Broccoli Skillet

4.82 from 11 votes
This Cheesy Sausage Broccoli Skillet is so easy to make with rice, sliced sausage veggies and of course, CHEESE! Ready in 15 minutes! 
See The Recipe!
Apple Spiced Pork Tenderloin with Stuffing- one of the best pork recipes out there! This pork tenderloin recipe will blow you away with aromatic spices and an apple jelly glaze, surrounding with fresh apple and ham stuffing, all cooked on the same baking sheet. www.savoryexperiments.com

Apple Spiced Pork Tenderloin and Stuffing

4.41 from 10 votes
Apple Spiced Pork Tenderloin is a pork tenderloin recipe  that will blow you away with aromatic spices and an apple jelly glaze, surrounding with fresh apple and ham stuffing, all cooked on the same baking sheet.
See The Recipe!

Tools for making this easy tortellini recipe:

Cheese Grater– Another item I didn’t think I needed, but love. Parmesan cheese lasts longer and tastes better when freshly grated.

Dutch Oven– every kitchen should have one! They are heavy. They are expensive. They are worth it! 

Creamy Tortellini and Ham uses an easy alfredo sauce recipe with cubed ham, peas, broccoli and seasonings to make a 20 minute one-pot meal! #onepotmeals #easytortellinirecipe www.savoryexperiments.com
Creamy Tortellini and Ham Pasta - An easy pasta recipe ready in just 20 minutes! Peas, broccoli, ham and cheese tortellini! www.savoryexperiments.com

Creamy Ham and Cheese Tortellini

4.60 from 10 votes
Creamy Ham and Cheese Tortellini uses an easy alfredo sauce recipe with cubed ham, peas, broccoli and seasonings to make a 20 minute one-pot meal! 
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 6

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Boil water in a large pot or Dutch oven. Salt well (pasta water should be as salty as sea water). Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain well and set aside.
  • In the same pot over medium heat, melt butter and add garlic, stirring until soft.
  • Add cream and whisk in Parmesan cheese, fine sea salt, freshly ground black pepper and crushed red pepper. Continue simmer until mixture thickens.
  • Toss in frozen peas, ham and broccoli. Stir until warm, approximately 3-4 minutes.
  • Add tortellini, tossing to coat. This process is fast, so the pasta should still be warm.
  • Spoon into dishes and serve with freshly grated Parmesan cheese.
  • If you’ve tried this recipe, come back and let us know how it was! 

Nutrition

Calories: 706 kcal, Carbohydrates: 50 g, Protein: 27 g, Fat: 44 g, Saturated Fat: 24 g, Cholesterol: 173 mg, Sodium: 1360 mg, Potassium: 234 mg, Fiber: 5 g, Sugar: 5 g, Vitamin A: 1785 IU, Vitamin C: 37.4 mg, Calcium: 390 mg, Iron: 3.3 mg
Author: Jessica Formicola
Calories: 706
Course: Main Course, Main Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: easy tortellini recipe, ham and cheese tortellini, tortellini and ham, tortellini recipe
Did you make this recipe?I’d love to see your recipes – snap a picture and mention @savoryexperiments or tag #savoryexperiments!
Jessica Formicola in her ktichen

About the Author

Jessica Formicola

Jessica the mom, wife and chef behind Savory Experiments. You might see her on the Emmy- nominated TV show Plate It! or on bookshelves as a cookbook author. Jessica is a Le Cordon Bleu certified recipe developer and regularly contributed to Parade, Better Homes & Gardens, The Daily Meal and more!

Read More About Jessica

Join The Discussion

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating




Questions and Reviews

  1. 5 stars
    My family loves tortellini, so I searched for a recipe to use the ingredients I had on hand, this recipe is a winner. All the right flavors were spot on, the red pepper was just the right amount, My husband said several times throughout his servings how good it is. Thank you, I will make this recipe again