Cheesy Ham and Peas Tortellini |

I grew up eating tortellini, and I love it! It’s my favorite food. This delicious Italian pasta dish is made with a simple, cheesy sauce, and it’s a great staple for any meal. Once you try it, you’ll love it, too.

Today I’m sharing a super simple and delicious recipe that I just have to share because it’s one of the Best things I’ve made in a long time. If I’m not wrong, you can find the recipe on  the Food Network website  where this dish was inspired from. I found the recipe on Pinterest and make many modifications on it. As usual, I prefer to be healthy and try to limit my carbs intake. But, for whatever reason, we always seem to stray the course. At least I do. This time, I decided to go all out and make the recipe as unhealthy as it could possibly be.

There’s nothing like a classic. The cheese tortellini recipe I’m sharing with you today is one of my family’s favorite go-to meals. Sure, it’s quick, easy, and economical, but I think what I love most is that it is nostalgic. We all know how much cheese tortellini means to growing up in a house of meat and potatoes, and I’m so happy to share this dish with you. My kids are lucky to have a mom who cares about her family’s health, and who has a deep love for food. I’m so thankful that we’re able to cook and eat well together as a family, and that we have so many delicious recipes to enjoy!


pinterest image for ham and peas tortellini.

There is a lot of food associated with the holidays. And, although we typically overeat around the holidays, we usually wind up with a lot of leftovers. This recipe for Cheesy Tortellini with Ham and Peas is one of my favorites since it allows me to use up some of those leftovers. While this dish is best served around the holidays, it can be prepared at any time of year since ham is always available. Scroll down for a recipe for creamy, cheesy tortellini!

Repurposing leftovers is one of my favorite things to do. Ham Mac and Cheese, Creamy Ham Tetrazzini, Cheesy Ham and Peas Tortellini, and Ham and Peas Penne Pasta are some of my other faves.

a white bowl full of Cheesy Ham and Peas Tortellini.

How to make use of ham that has been left over

Tortellini with Ham and Peas may help you use up some of your leftover ham. It will be easier to use bone-in ham. Removed the meat off the bone and cubed it into 12 inch pieces. If using spiral sliced ham, remove the bone and slice the ham into strips. This dish may be made with any type of hame; however, for either cut, eliminate the dried or stiffened parts of the hame.

What to do if you don’t have any leftovers

If you’re preparing this at a time of year when you don’t have any leftover ham, a ham steak may be used instead. Ham steaks are very cheap and can be purchased at most supermarket shops. In a large pan, heat the ham steak on both sides until well cooked. Allow to cool slightly before cutting into cubes.

A spoonful of Cheesy Ham and Peas Tortellini.

To make Ham and Pea Tortellini, what kind of tortellini should you use?

Although this recipe asks for cheese tortellini, you may substitute whatever kind of tortellini you have on hand. To avoid flavor clashes with the ham, I like to use cheese-based tortellini and would not suggest adding meat other artisanal tastes. I used dried tortellini in this dish, but you may use fresh or frozen tortellini as well, as long as you follow the package directions for cooking.

A saute pan full of Cheesy Ham and Peas Tortellini.

What can I use in place of ham?

If you don’t have any ham on hand, you may use another ingredient instead:

  • Chicken
  • Turkey
  • Beef
  • Tuna
  • Spinach

Cheesy Ham and Peas Tortellini detail shot.

Required Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp Butter
  • 1 Cup Onion Diced
  • 12 Cups Cubed Ham
  • 1 cup stock (chicken)
  • Cheese Tortellini, 9 oz.
  • a third of a cup of frozen peas
  • To taste, add pepper
  • season with salt to taste

Needed Equipment

  • Saucepan
  • Colander
  • Spoon Made of Wood
  • Saute in a pan

Storage Suggestions

Tortellini may be stored in the fridge for up to 4 days in an airtight container. If using leftover ham, keep it refrigerated for up to two days. Place in the microwave to reheat and cook until warmed through. Tortellini may be reheated on the stovetop in a skillet over low heat until warmed through.

Freezer. Place the tortellini in an airtight container and freeze for up to two months. To reheat, thaw in the microwave and heat until warm.


Ham and Peas Tortellini

Ham and Peas Tortellini


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This recipe for Ham and Peas Tortellini will make a wonderful supper. It’s a fantastic way to make use of any leftover ham from the holidays!


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Time to Prepare: 10 minutes

30 minutes to prepare

40-minute total time




Course Description:

American cuisine



4 servings

calorie count: 576 kcal




Saute Pan


Spoon Made of Wood








StandardMetric in the United States



  • 1 tablespoon of butter
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 12 Cups Cubed Ham
  • 1 cup stock (chicken)
  • Cheese Tortellini, 9 oz.
  • a third of a cup of frozen peas
  • a quarter-cup of heavy cream
  • To taste, add pepper
  • season with salt to taste





  • Cook tortellini according per package directions. Drain the water and put it aside.

  • In a large saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter. Cook until the onion is softened. Cook until the ham is fully heated.

  • Toss in the tortellini, chicken stock, and heavy cream. Bring to a low boil, then add the cheese.

  • Stir in the peas until they are completely combined. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Cook for 3-5 minutes, or until the sauce has thickened. Warm it up and enjoy it!



Is this a recipe you’ve seen before? It originally featured on The Brooklyn Cook, another of my websites.



calorie count: 576 kcal 38 g carbohydrate 32 g protein 33 g fat 16g Saturated Fat 1 gram of trans fat 116 milligrams of cholesterol 1195mg sodium 378 mg potassium 4 g fiber 6 g sugar 800 IU vitamin A 14 milligrams of vitamin C 326 mg calcium 3 mcg iron




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This recipe has been a reader favorite for years. Our family used to make this dish on a regular basis, as it is very easy to make, so it is one of our go-to recipes when we want something quick and easy. This was one of the first recipes I ever tried making, and I still enjoy it today. This is a wonderful dish to serve for a quick weeknight dinner, or to use as a side dish for other meals.. Read more about tortellini with ham and cream and let us know what you think.

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