One-Pot Creamy Lemon Garlic Ham Pasta

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This one-pot creamy lemon garlic ham pasta is so easy to make, takes less than 30 minutes and is super family-friendly. It’s the perfect quick weeknight meal when you want comfort food, but are short on time!

One-Pot Creamy Lemon Garlic Ham Pasta

When I thought about my kids both going to school this fall I thought that I’d have all the time in the world to prepare these elaborate and time consuming dinners. Little did I realize, how crazy busy the afternoons and early evenings would be. Most days, I’m rushing home after preschool and bus pick-up, getting everyone settled and then standing in the middle of my kitchen wondering what on earth I can make for dinner in less than 30 minutes. I’m sure many of you feel the same so I wanted to share a mealtime hack that I’ve been loving and one of our favorite recipes for a quick, delicious weeknight dinner!

I’ve been switching up my grocery list and definitely stocking up on some kitchen “helpers” that save me time and energy in the kitchen. One of my recent grocery additions are Smithfield® Anytime Favorites! Smithfield favorites can be found in the meat section of your local Meijer and are perfect for creating quick recipes, school lunches or even snacking! The precooked and pre-cut ham products simplify mealtime by cutting out a lot of the work to allow my to get a delicious, flavorful meal on the table no matter how derailed or crazy my day is.

One of my favorite meals for using their cubed ham is one-pot creamy lemon garlic ham pasta. This dish is so simple to make and one that my kids gobble up! I’ve made this one in the past when I had leftover ham, but with the use of Smithfield Anytime Favorites, it makes this meal even easier and quicker to make.

This pasta is loaded with delicious flavor and made with simple ingredients that you already likely have in your pantry and fridge. What I particularly love about this pasta is that unlike most ham pastas, this one is a bit lighter as the sauce is made of a mixture of cream and broth. The addition of lemon juice gives it a fresh flavor that really melds together so well with the savory ham. It’s comforting, easy, one-pot (yay for less dishes to clean-up) and can be on the table in less than 30 minutes.

It’s totally modifiable too. While I love the peppers, they can be omitted and the broccoli can easily be substituted with peas for picky eaters.

One-Pot Creamy Lemon Garlic Ham Pasta

Sounds (and looks) like a winner, right?! It is! Check out the recipe below and make sure to take advantage of this awesome mPerks savings too! When you use mPerks, you will get $1.00 off any ONE Smithfield Anytime Favorites Item (starts 10/13/19 through 11/9/19). Click here for savings!

One-Pot Creamy Lemon Garlic & Ham Pasta

This one-pot creamy lemon garlic ham pasta is so easy to make, takes less than 30 minutes and is super family-friendly. It's the perfect quick weeknight meal when you want comfort food, but are short on time!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings


  • 8 ounces rotini noodles dry
  • 1 Tbsp cooking oil
  • 1/2 onion diced
  • 1 medium red pepper diced
  • 2 cup broccoli
  • 1 package (8 ounce) Smithfield Anytime Favorites Cubed Ham
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 3/4 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 3-4 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • grated parmesan
  • parsley chopped, optional


  • Boil water and cook pasta according to directions on box.
  • Add oil to large pan over medium heat. Sauté onion, red pepper, broccoli and ham until onions are translucent (about 3-4 minutes). Remove from pan.
  • Add minced garlic to pan and sauté until fragrant. Add cream, chicken broth, lemon juice and Italian seasoning. Bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer until reduced & thickened.
  • Add ham, veggies and pasta to pan and mix well. Sprinkle with parmesan and garnish with parsley.


How much time do you usually spend preparing weeknight dinners? Would you want more under-30-minute meals?

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  1. Harmony, Momma To Go October 14, 2019 at 8:41 am - Reply

    that does look pretty easy . – love that the ham is already cubed for you. that would be great for a meat and cheese tray for a party!

  2. Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine October 14, 2019 at 4:50 pm - Reply

    Great dinner to whip up when you’re in a jam!

  3. Patricia @ Grab a Plate October 14, 2019 at 9:30 pm - Reply

    Mmmm! What a great dish! I think it’d be perfect for my lunch! I love Smithfield but haven’t seen this ham, but will be on the lookout!

  4. Aria | Blogs by Aria October 15, 2019 at 6:15 am - Reply

    This looks like something easy enough for me to try! I’ll give it a shot and see how my family likes it, they’re, well, we’re so picky 🙂

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