Creamy Noodles with Ham and Tomatoes

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Dinner will come together in a jiffy with just a handful of ingredients. This recipe for Creamy Noodles with Ham and Tomatoes is amazingly easy and delicious!

Creamy Noodles with Ham and Tomatoes | Life as Mom

About twice a year, I do what’s called a Pantry Challenge. What that means is that I try to make good use of the things that we already have in the pantry, fridge, and freezer before going shopping for more. Each time I do it, I learn more about my shopping habits, our family’s taste preferences, and my mad ninja skills in the kitchen.

Just kidding about that last part. Sorta. It’s always been a good experience overall, kinda like a real life game of Chopped.

Each Pantry Challenge involves it’s fair share of “experiments”. Having written several cookbooks, I have gotten my family pretty well-accustomed to “experiments”. They know it will be edible; they’re just not sure it will one of their favorite things ever.

I admit, sometimes, I hold my breath as I bring something to the table, wracking my brain to see if there’s an alternative meal choice in case this one is a train wreck. Thankfully, this dish of Creamy Noodles with Ham & Tomatoes constituted as a “home run” in my husband’s book.

Fun fact: all my experiments get ranked in baseball terms. Home runs are obviously delicious. Strike outs and base hits rarely meet the public. Ahem.

Creamy Noodles with Ham and Tomatoes | Life as Mom

I worked in an upscale restaurant years ago and observed one interesting practice that got embedded in my single, twenty-something mind. To create the day’s specials, the chef scanned what he already had in the refrigerators and created something on the spot.

He didn’t dream something up and then go get the ingredients. He worked from his pantry first.

See? A Pantry Challenge is cool, after all.

This Creamy Noodles dish has that type of origin story. It was originally made up of leftover spaghetti from the night before as well as leftover Easter ham. I had a tomato and basil from the produce box and just a bit of cream in the pantry. Voila!

Updated April 9, 2017.

Creamy Noodles with Ham and Tomatoes | Life as Mom

About Jessica Fisher

I believe great meals don't have to be complicated or expensive. There's a better way, and it won't take all afternoon.

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  1. I wanted to share this recipe for stir fried pork chops & peppers. It goes together quickly and is super tasty!

  2. This cheesy breaded chicken is quick and delicious:

  3. My recipe is for Chicken Paprika. It is one of my husband’s favorites. Not only is a great make-a-head, but the marriage of flavors is amazing.

  4. I love creating recipes of the fly, I almost always have cubed cooked chicken and ham in the freezer that I can add to my creations. I will use pasta or potatoes, rice or sometimes boxed stuffing as the binder and then added in a cheese sauce, homemade creme of soup base, or perhaps gravy as the sauce. Homemade biscuits is often the topping. I keep bags of frozen mixed vegetables on hands to add to my creations. Its creative and sometimes I come up with winners and sometimes flops.. which is why I try to keep a few cans of soup on hand for flop nights.

  5. Deb says

    Mmmmm, my choice almost always involves pasta, and classic spaghetti is a favorite. I’ve recently learned how to make it a one-pot meal, and pretty healthy to boot!

  6. Steph says

    This recipe is similar to something I whip up when I’m in a big hurry. Looks good.

  7. Elisa says

    I also like to cook from the pantry, so I am looking forward to reading about your efforts.

  8. Demi says

    Made this for lunch today. Used spaghetti squash instead of spaghetti. Forgot to add the red pepper. It was very delicious. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Alice E says

    Sounds Yummy! Have you ever tried cutting the ham julienne style instead of dicing it? I occasionally do a pasta salad with angel hair pasta or spaghetti and cut thin slices of the meat in thin strips to blend in with the pasta shape. I also have been known to add a bit of grated carrot. I’ll admit I do it that way because I think it is easier to eat with a fork and the diced bits sometimes seemed to all wind up in the bottom of the bowl.

    Just a thought I wanted to share. It looks yummy and I may have to go make some for supper.

  10. Alisha says

    I have some ham in the fridge right now that has already been diced and needs to be eaten today, this looks like it will happen tonight. I don’t have cream though… I’ll just try whole milk and thicken if I need too. Thanks for the great idea.

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