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Ham and Cheddar Pasta (Pressure Cooker)

Ham and Cheddar Pasta made with ham, onions, farfalle, cheddar cheese, and spices made in the pressure cooker.

Ham and Cheddar Pasta for Easter Brunch

When Easter starts approaching, my family gets excited to hear what I'll be making for the occasion.  I always try to plan simple things to make because I like to spend my Easter with family and not in the kitchen preparing meals.

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Easy Recipe for Leftover Ham

Sometimes I go a little overboard preparing an Easter brunch for my family and I end up with quite a bit leftover ham and other fixings.  This Ham and Cheddar Pasta is perfect for either an Easter Brunch side or as a way to use any leftover ham the next day.

It's such a simple recipe to it takes very little time from start to finish.  Using pre-sliced ham makes this dish super simple (and delicious!) because it's already sliced and all that is left is to dice it up into small bits.  There are also only a few ingredients for this pasta and it takes less than 30 minutes to make.


Quick and Easy Side Dish

By using the pressure cooker, it makes this side dish really quick because it does all the work! The first step to making this is to saute the onions and garlic in butter.

instant pot sauteing onions and garlic

Adding the uncooked pasta to the inner liner and topping it off with the chicken broth.

Instant Pot farfalle pasta

Releasing the pressure once it has cooked and then remove the lid. Perfectly cooked pasta!

Instant Pot farfalle pasta cooked

Adding the sliced cheese, shredded cheese, and cooked ham and stirring.  The last step is to add in the milk, salt, and pepper!

Instant Pot farfalle pasta cooked with cheddar cheese, parmesan cheese, and diced cooked ham

Kid-Friendly Easter Brunch

Pasta is always a great choice when entertaining, and this ham and cheddar pasta is always a hit when making it for mine.  Kids love the cheesiness of the dish, and the onions are diced very small so that they don't even know it's included in the ingredients!  Dicing the ham into small pieces adds delicious flavor to this pasta dish that kids love!

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📖 Recipe

Yield: 8 servings

Hatfield Ham and Cheddar Pasta (Pressure Cooker)

Hatfield Ham and Cheddar Pasta (Pressure Cooker)

Ham and Cheddar Pasta made with ham, onions, farfalle, cheddar cheese, and spices made in the pressure cooker. 

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Saute 3 minutes
Total Time 13 minutes


  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 cups ham, diced, cooked
  • 32 oz chicken broth
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 lb farfalle pasta
  • 8 oz sharp cheddar cheese, block, sliced
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese, shredded


  1. Turn pressure cooker to SAUTE and add butter, diced onion, and garlic.  
  2. Cook until onions are translucent (about 2 minutes)
  3. Press Cancel.
  4. Pour in a 1 lb box of farfalle pasta.
  5. Pour in a 32 oz carton of chicken broth.
  6. Place the lid back on the pressure cooker and press the PRESSURE COOK/MANUAL and set the timer for 5 minutes.
  7. After the 4 minutes, perform a quick release and remove the lid after the pin has dropped.
  8. Add the sliced sharp cheddar cheese, ham, Parmesan cheese, and salt and pepper.
  9. Set the pressure cooker back to Saute and stir to melt the cheese. Add in the ½ cup milk to make creamy and serve once all the cheese is melted and blended. 

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 grams

Amount Per Serving: Unsaturated Fat: 0g

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