"Best"-over Ham & Pesto Pasta

Have some extra ham from the holiday meal? Then try this delicious blend of ham, pasta and vegetables in creamy pesto sauce. This dish is so good, you’ll never think of this meal as leftovers.

"Best"-over Ham & Pesto Pasta
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  • 1 box (12 oz.) dry tri-color rotini or spiral shaped pasta (about 3 1/2 cups)
  • 1 bag (16 oz.) frozen broccoli, cauliflower and carrot medley
  • 1 can (12 fl. oz.) NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Evaporated Milk
  • 2 cups (8-oz. pkg.) shredded Italian cheese blend or Monterey Jack cheese
  • 3 tablespoons jarred or refrigerated pesto with basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 cups (8 oz.) cooked ham, cut into 1/2-inch pieces


COOK pasta according to package directions, adding frozen vegetables to boiling pasta water for last 2 minutes of cooking time; drain. Return pasta and vegetables to cooking pot.

MEANWHILE, COMBINE evaporated milk, cheese, pesto and black pepper in medium saucepan. Cook over medium low heat, stirring occasionally, until cheese is melted. Remove from heat.

POUR cheese sauce over pasta and vegetables. Add ham; stir until combined.

Nutritional Information

% Daily Value *

  • Total Fat 12g 18%
  • Saturated Fat 6g 30%
  • Cholesterol 45mg 15%
  • Sodium 560mg 23%
  • Carbohydrates 36g 12%
  • Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
  • Vitamin A 50%
  • Vitamin C 15%
  • Calcium 30%
  • Iron 10%
  • Sugars 5g
  • Protein 19g

* Percentage Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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