Ham Cabbage Pasta

Any ham cabbage pasta dishes are a great way to use leftover ham from a holiday meal. Ham seems an expensive choice of meat, especially if you buy a large ham. I bought a spiral cut boneless ham this year for Easter, and it was almost $30. That seems expensive, but when you count the number of meals that this ham will provide, it’s actually a fairly inexpensive choice. I can only eat ham so often though, because I don’t love meat, but it’s a great ingredient to be used in combination, because it adds flavor to any meal.

Ham Cabbage Pasta Recipe by Healthy Diet Habits

This recipe is simple. Use what you have in your refrigerator. In my case I had a bag of chopped cabbage, ham, several zucchini, a jar of sun dried tomatoes, and a package of sprouted wheat noodles that I wanted to get rid of! Voila a meal!

Ingredients for Ham Cabbage Pasta:

Ham Cabbage Pasta Recipe by Healthy Diet Habits
  • 1/2 to 1 pound finely chopped ham

  • 12 oz package chopped cabbage

  • 4 finely chopped zucchini

  • 1/2 cup sun dried tomatoes in oil

  • 1/4 cup water

  • 8oz package sprouted wheat noodles


Directions for Ham Cabbage Pasta:

  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add pasta and cook until it is done, according to package instructions. Drain.

  • Stir fry the chopped ham, zucchini, and sun dried tomatoes. You will not need to add any oil because the oil in the tomatoes is sufficient. Stir fry for just a few minutes until the ham and zucchini are golden brown and the zucchini is still crunchy. Remove from the pan. Do not overcook.

  • Add the cabbage and stir fry the cabbage in 1/4 cup water. Water stir frying will save you lots of calories. Cook it for a couple of minutes, but leave it crunchy too.

  • Mix the ham mixture back in and the pasta and toss to mix well and heat through.

  • Serve with fresh parmesan cheese

Ham Cabbage Pasta Recipe by Healthy Diet Habits

This is a yummy pasta dish that is simple and a quick meal. It needs no seasonings because the sun dried tomatoes are nicely seasoned. You can whip it up in a few minutes and it’s delicious and pretty! It’s a great lifestyle solution for time management to collect a few of these types of recipes to pull out in a pinch.

When you do buy a large ham, it’s difficult to eat it all in a few days. I made three meals with my ham and froze the rest of it in serving packages for later leftovers. I simply eyeball around 1/2 pound serving portions of ham and freeze them in separate packages. We will enjoy it for the next couple of months, when I don’t really feel like cooking. I know I can whip up a ham stir fry or a ham pasta meal in minutes. For me that is a healthy diet habit that helps us to avoid the call of fast food that is so available in our town.

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