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One Pot Cheesy Ham Tortellini Skillet with sun dried tomatoes is a delicious way to use up leftover ham. It’s easy to make and ready in just 20 minutes!

one pot cheesy ham tortellini skillet dinner made with leftover ham

One of the best things about having ham for Easter and Christmas is the leftovers! You can use leftover ham so many different ways, and we practically live off of it the week after the holiday.

Since I tend to get a little carried away with the cooking on any holiday, I pretty much stick to simple, quick-fix dinners for a few days after that. Actually, sometimes we just eat cold ham, along with potato salad and leave it at that!

But today, I was feeling inspired, and I wanted something a a little more adventurous than ham and cheese sliders. But, I didn’t want a ton of dishes, either. So it was definitely the perfect day for a one-pot meal — yea! And that, my friends, is where this easy, cheesy tortellini with ham comes in.

one pot cheesy ham tortellini skillet with sun dried tomatoes

My family is crazy about tortellini. Usually, I make it with sausage or sometimes, with chicken. But today, I just cut up some of the leftover ham and cooked it with the tortellini in a creamy cheese sauce.

The ham just needs to warm up, and the tortellini only takes about seven minutes to cook, so the entire meal is ready in less than 20 minutes. If you’re looking for a quick and easy dinner, you’ll love this tortellini with ham and cheese!

one pot cheesy ham tortellini skillet in cream sauce

I kept the sauce nice and light this time around. Usually, I make tortellini with plenty of cream and sometimes, I’ll make a creamy tomato sauce. But since it’s spring, and we’re into light dinners, this sauce just coats the pasta. If you want a little extra sauce, just add a little more cream — easy peasy!

Since I love sun dried tomatoes, I threw in a few for extra flavor and a little pop of color. If you don’t like them, you can easily leave the tomatoes out. Or, you can add some grape tomatoes if you want. But I definitely recommend trying it with the sun dried tomatoes — they really do make the pasta extra special!

one pot creamy ham tortellini skillet dinner plated

How to Make One Pot Cheesy Ham Tortellini Skillet Dinner

5 from 2 votes

One Pot Cheesy Ham Tortellini Skillet

By: Dee
Diced ham with cheese tortellini and sun dried tomatoes in a cheesy creamy sauce takes just 20 minutes to make and cooks in one pot for easy clean-up
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 6


  • 2 cups cooked ham, cubed
  • 1 20-ounce package tortellini
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 ½ cups heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 tablespoons sun dried tomatoes
  • ¼ cup shredded Parmesan cheese, if desired
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  • In a large skillet, add ham and cook on medium heat until warm
  • Add the water, heavy cream, Italian seasoning, garlic powder and tortellini, and mix well
  • raise heat to medium high, and cook until pasta starts to soften, stirring occasionally
  • Reduce heat to medium low, stir in cheese and sun dried tomatoes, and cook until liquid is mostly absorbed and tortellini is done
  • Top with shredded Parmesan cheese, if desired, and serve


You can add additional cream if pasta absorbs too much liquid or if you like a thinner sauce


Calories: 277kcal, Carbohydrates: 4g, Protein: 6g, Fat: 26g, Saturated Fat: 16g, Cholesterol: 99mg, Sodium: 241mg, Potassium: 152mg, Vitamin A: 1030IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 148mg, Iron: 0.6mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main
Cuisine: European American
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This one pot cheesy ham tortellini skillet dinner was a huge hit with my family. We barely had any leftovers! So if you’re looking for an easy recipe with leftover ham, I hope you try this one!

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  1. Miz Helen says:

    Just pinned your awesome Ham and Tortellini Skillet! Hope you are having a great day and thanks so much for sharing your post with us at Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen5 stars

  2. Lauren @ Hall Nesting says:

    I have some tortellini in the fridge!!

  3. Cathy@LemonTreeDwelling says:

    We love tortellini! Looks delish!

  4. Amanda | The Chunky Chef says:

    I’m all about those one pot meals!5 stars

  5. Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious says:

    What a perfect way to use leftover ham! It would be worth it to me to buy a ham just for this dish!

  6. Jen says:

    We didn’t end up having any leftover ham (I know, crazy!!) but I just might have to go out and get another one just to make this!!

  7. Erin @ The Speckled Palate says:

    This post makes me wish we’d had ham for Easter so we could make this! SUCH a great use of the leftover ham!