Ham & Pasta Casserole

Ham & Pasta Casserole

What do you do with leftover ham after that big dinner?  You can make omelets, sandwiches, hash, etc. but if you have the equipment, this makes a big meal that is easy and really, really good.

We got an Instant Pot for Christmas and we've been wondering what to do with it.  I started looking for recipes or instructions and found one for a ham and pasta casserole.  We had some leftover ham in the freezer so we decided to try the recipe.  We've changed it a bit and here is what we came up with.  It is very easy and to make and one of my favorite one pot meals I have ever had.

3 to 4 cups
cooked, leftover ham, cut into " pieces
1 lb
penne pasta or other pasta of your choosing
medium onion, diced
1 tbl
olive oil
1 tsp
granulated garlic
dried parsley
dried basil
dried oregano
black pepper
3 cups
frozen peas, thawed
3 cups
chicken broth
2 cups
milk (skim, 2%, whole, it doesn't matter)

Parmesan cheese, grated


Add the olive oil to the Instant Pot and turn it to saute'.  Let it heat up, then add the ham and onions.  Cook this until the ham and onions release their water and it evaporates.  Add the garlic, parsley, basil, oregano, and pepper and cook for one more minute.  Add everything else except the Parmesan cheese to the Instant Pot and stir well.  Put the lid on the pot, turn the vent to sealing, and set the timer to 8 minutes.  When it's done cooking let it sit for 5 minutes then open the vent and let the pressure out.  Open the pot, dish the casserole out, and sprinkle some Parmesan cheese over the top.  Serve.