Ham Tetrazzini

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5 from 2 votes
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 30 minutes

This recipe for Ham Tetrazzini is a family dinner staple. Not only is this dish the ultimate comfort food, but it is healthy and quick to make in only 30 minutes.

Ham Tetrazzini

Tetrazzini recipes are some of my favorites as they are so easy to make while still being a nutritious meal that your family will love. This meal is super versatile too, you can make with chicken or turkey.

More information about ham, check out the USDA.


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What We Love About This Recipe

  • 30 Minute Meal: Make this nutritious and delicious Ham Tetrazzini in 30 minutes.
  • Family Friendly: Your kids will clean the plate, that’s how good this dish is.
  • Adaptable: Switch in different meat or vegetables.
Side view of the dish.

Ingredient Notes

  • Ham: You will need cooked ham or ham steaks. This is a great way to use up leftover ham.
  • Butter: Salted butter is best when cooking.
  • Milk: Whole milk, 2%, 1%, or skim milk will work.
  • Onion: A white onion or yellow onion are interchangeable, use what you have a at home.
  • Flour: All purpose flour will work best for this recipe.
  • Thyme: You can use fresh or dried thyme.
  • Chicken Broth: Chicken broth or vegetable broth work.
  • Parmesan Cheese: You will need fresh grated parmesan cheese.
  • Mushrooms: Baby bella, portabella, or white mushrooms work for this recipe.
  • Green Peas: I used frozen green peas, allow them to thaw completely.
  • Pasta: You can any type of pasta, such as penne, rotini, or spaghetti noodles.

Equipment Needed

How to Make Ham Tetrazzini

These are the basic steps for making recipe for Ham Tetrazzini. Please refer to the recipe card below for more detailed instructions.

STEP 1: COOK ONIONS AND MUSHROOMS

In a large pot over medium high heat, melt butter and add the onion, cook until golden. Then saute mushrooms, once they are your desired doneness transfer onions and mushrooms in a small bowl.

STEP 2: MAKE THE ROUX

Put the remaining butter in the pot, once it was melted, make the roux by adding flour. Mix the butter and flour then add the milk and your seasonings.

STEP 3: ADD THE PASTA

To your milk mixture stir in the chicken broth, pasta, peas, and ham. Cook until evenly warmed and transfer to a baking dish.

STEP 4: BAKE TETRAZZINI RECIPE

Top with cheese and broil in the oven until the cheese is golden and melted. Serve immediately.

Prep and Storage Tips

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE AHEAD OF TIME

To make this recipe ahead of time, you can make the pasta mixture and prepare a casserole dish with the pasta, cover dish and store in the fridge for 1-3 days until you are ready to cook in the oven.

HOW TO STORE THIS RECIPE

To store any leftovers, add to an airtight container and store in the fridge for 3-4 days.

HOW TO FREEZE THIS RECIPE

You can freeze this recipe to make at another time. To freeze, store in an aluminum tray covered.

HOW TO REHEAT THIS RECIPE

To reheat this recipe, you can reheat in the casserole in the oven at 350 degrees for 15 minutes or reheat in a microwave safe dish for 1-2 minutes in the microwave.

Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT IS TETRAZZINI?

Tetrazzini is an American dish named after the famous opera singer. This is a creamy pasta dish with ham and peas.

CAN I SUBSTITUTE CHICKEN IN PLACE OF HAM?

You can substitute chicken or turkey in place of ham.

CAN THIS RECIPE BE DOUBLED OR HALVED?

This recipe can easily be doubled or halved, just increase or decrease ingredients proportionally and use a smaller casserole dish or split between 2.

HOW MANY CALORIES ARE IN TETRAZZINI?

In this recipe there are 482 calories per serving.

Top shot of the Ham Tetrazzini.

Expert Tips for Making This Recipe

  • This Recipe Can be Doubled: This is a great recipe for a potluck. Just increase the ingredients proportionately and split it into two baking dishes before baking.
  • Toaster Oven: You can also use a toaster oven to broil this ham tetrazzini.
  • Other Veggies: Feel free to switch in and out veggies as you please. If you’re not a fan of peas, broccoli florets would also be delicious for this leftover ham recipes..
  • Top: With fresh parsley for a little color and freshness.
  • Different Cheese: Not a fan or Parm, try cheddar cheese, swiss cheese or a combination.

What to Serve with Ham Tetrazzini

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Ham Tetrazzini
5 from 2 votes

Ham Tetrazzini

Yield: 6 Servings
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
This recipe for Ham Tetrazzini is a family dinner staple. Not only is this dish so tasty, but it is healthy and quick to make.
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Equipment

Ingredients

  • 4 Tablespoons Butter, divided
  • 1 Medium Onion, diced
  • 1 cup Sliced Mushrooms
  • 1/4 cup All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 cups Milk
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon Thyme
  • 1/2 cup Chicken Broth
  • 8 oz Pasta, approximately 2 1/2 cups
  • 1 cup Green Peas, we used frozen
  • 2 cups Chopped, Cooked Ham
  • 1/4 cup Grated Parmesan Cheese

Instructions

  • Melt 2 Tablespoons of butter in a large pot over medium heat.
  • Once hot and melted, add the onions and cook until golden, about 4 minutes.
  • Add the sliced mushrooms and cook until your desired color and texture. (We did 4 minutes.)
  • Remove the onions and mushrooms to a small bowl.
  • Place the remaining butter in the pot.
  • Meanwhile, prepare the pasta according to package directions.
  • Whisk the flour into the hot, melted butter to form a roux, then whisk in the milk. Season with salt, pepper and thyme and cook for 8 minutes until thickened.
  • Stir in the chicken broth, pasta, green peas and cooked ham and cook until ham is warmed through.
  • Set oven to broil.
  • Pour the pasta mixture into an 8″ x 8″ casserole dish and sprinkle the grated Parmesan cheese overtop.
  • Place the casserole dish in the oven and broil until cheese is golden and melted.

Expert Tips

  • This Recipe Can be Doubled: This is a great recipe for a potluck. Just increase the ingredients proportionately and split it into two baking dishes before baking.
  • Toaster Oven: You can also use a toaster oven to broil this ham tetrazzini.
  • Other Veggies: Feel free to switch in and out veggies as you please. If you’re not a fan of peas, broccoli florets would also be delicious.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 482kcal | Carbohydrates: 84g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 34mg | Sodium: 245mg | Potassium: 684mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 45g | Vitamin A: 604IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 181mg | Iron: 3mg
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Course: dinner, Main Dish, Supper
Cuisine: American
Keyword: ham, mushroom cream sauce, mushrooms, parmesan, tetrazzini

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