Ham & Butternut Squash Skillet

Ham Skillet Dinner

Finish cooking the pasta in the skillet adds flavor to the pasta and thickens the sauce.


  • 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

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