Creamy Pasta with Ham and Broccoli

Prep Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
30 mins

For a shortcut to a pasta supper, make a silky sauce using cream cheese.


  • ¾ pound broccoli, trimmed and cut into florets

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • Coarse salt and ground pepper

  • 6 ounces wide egg noodles

  • 5 ounces cream cheese, room temperature

  • 6 ounces thinly sliced deli ham, cut into ¾-inch pieces


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. On a rimmed baking sheet, toss broccoli, oil, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Roast until broccoli is tender and lightly browned, 15 to 20 minutes, tossing halfway through. Meanwhile, in a large pot of boiling salted water, cook noodles until al dente. Reserve 2 cups pasta water; drain pasta.

  2. Return empty pasta pot to medium-low heat. Add cream cheese and 1 cup pasta water; whisk until smooth. Add broccoli and ham and cook until hot. Gently fold in noodles. Thin sauce to desired consistency with more pasta water and season pasta with salt and pepper.

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