We didn’t have our usual big ham roast for the holidays this year.
There were 2 reasons, actually…. the hams come from England and between Brexit and the pandemic, getting anything from the U.K. was not reliable.
We still had a lot of lamb in our freezer.
Many people think the best part of the turkey is the leftovers (I’m one of those people). I also think the best part of the Christmas ham is the leftovers.
I made a leg of lamb and we had lots of leftovers (you’ll see soon enough) but, still….. I had a hankering for ham.
I bought a thick slab of ham at the deli counter so we could have faux leftovers.
In addition to the ham sandwiches, a quiche, and Scalloped Potatoes with Ham I made this easy skillet dinner.
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Ham & Butternut Squash Skillet
Finish cooking the pasta in the skillet adds flavor to the pasta and thickens the sauce.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 20 minutes
- Total Time: 30 minutes
- Yield: 2 servings 1x
- Category: Pasta
- Method: Skillet
- 10oz (300gr) ham, cut into bite-size pieces
- 10oz (300gr) butternut squash, cubed
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 1/2 red pepper, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tbs Dijon-stule mustard
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp oregano
- 1 tbs olive oil
- 1/2 cup (4oz, 125ml) chicken broth
- 3oz (90gr) soft goat cheese
- 1 1/4 cup (4oz, 125gr) pasta penne, rigatoni, fusilli
- Cook pasta according to package instructions but remove and drain 1 – 2 minutes before done.
- Heat oil in large skillet over medium heat.
- Add onion, pepper, and sauté 5 minutes.
- Add garlic, paprika, and sauté briefly.
- Add ham, squash, and sauté. 3 – 5 minutes.
- Add stock, mustard, oregano, and bring to a simmer.
- Turn heat to medium-low, cover and simmer 10 minutes.
- Add drained pasta, turn heat to medium and cook, uncovered, a few more minutes, until pasta and squash are done.
- Stir in goat cheese and heat through.
- Serve from skillet.
I use the soft goat cheese that comes in a small carton. You could also use herbed cream cheese.
Keywords: skillet dinner, ham, butternut squash, pasta
This morning was a beautiful, bright morning with clear blue skies and lots of sunshine.
It looked really cold out.
If you have spent winters in the Midwest you understand that statement…. The most gorgeous days in winter are usually the coldest. Brilliant blue skies and it’s 40 below zero.
We’ve been having a very old January so far – for us.
My big, wooly dog is lying next to the wood burner.
Between the pandemic and the cold I’m starting to get cabin fever (a condition also well-known in the Midwest).
I’ve decided it’s time to start some fun projects. That does not include cleaning the house or watching the news.
I got out my long neglected water colors this morning….. And my water color pencils. And lots of paper.
It’s time to play.
I just need to find a warm spot.