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So, do you have your Easter menu planned yet?  Hopefully you are on top of it, because I sure am not prepared!  But I figured that most of you are a lot more organized.  So now we’ll start talking leftovers!!

I love ham leftovers.  For some reason, we don’t have ham very often, except for on big holidays – like Easter or Christmas.  So I look forward to those leftovers.  Ummm, a leftover ham sandwich on a leftover roll – that is what I’m talking about!!

But don’t use up all of that ham on sandwiches.  Save some for this easy and quick dinner idea.  This is the perfect day after Easter meal.  You probably spend so much time on the Easter meal that you don’t really want to think about cooking the next night.  That is when this meal is exactly what you need.  Less than 30 minutes to the table.  No fussy ingredients.  Family friendly.  And did I mention brown butter???


Don’t fret if you don’t celebrate Easter, or if your family doesn’t have ham for Easter.  Just pick up a ham steak at your grocery store, and this recipe is still as easy as can be!  Or use some leftover chicken.  It’s versatile, fast and easy – you can’t get much better than that!


Brown Butter Tortellini with Spinach and Ham
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A great use for leftover ham, this easy dinner recipe comes together in less than 30 minutes. You can even substitute in leftover chicken, instead!
Serves: 4-6 servings
  • 1 package (20 oz) frozen or refrigerated cheese tortellini
  • 6 oz fresh baby spinach
  • ½ pound cooked ham, cubed
  • 1 cup diced red bell pepper
  • ¼ cup butter
  • pepper
  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the tortellini according to package directions.
  2. Place the spinach in a large colander, and when the tortellini is done cooking, drain it over the spinach.
  3. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat the butter over medium heat until it is a deep brown color, about 5-7 minutes, swirling the skillet occasionally. Add in the bell pepper and ham and cook for 1-2 minutes. Add in the tortellini and the spinach. Toss gently to coat.
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  5. adapted from Pampered Chef 29 Minutes to Dinner

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11 Responses to Brown Butter Tortellini with Spinach and Ham

  1. Browned butter adds such great flavor! What a tasty, easy recipe for using up that extra Easter ham. 🙂

  2. Bev Weidner says:

    Get out of TOWN this looks so good!

  3. Looks so easy and deliciosu! I love tortellini…

  4. Maria says:

    Perfect for Easter leftovers!

  5. This looks like a fabulous way to use up leftovers!

  6. Joanne says:

    Sigh. I have NOTHIGN planned. Which is too bad since if I don’t cook anything vegetarian, there will be NOTHIGN for me to eat. Maybe I’ll make these tortells minus the ham! Brown butter = true love.

  7. This looks perfect! I’d love to eat these for leftovers more than once 😉 brown butter just makes everything so much better!

  8. Delicious! Must taste amazing with brown butter.

  9. Wow, this dish looks great! Totally simple, but I bet it tastes amazing with the nutty taste of the browned butter!

  10. Kristy says:

    LOL – so not prepared or organized for Easter! Perhaps Saturday I’ll get a chance to plan a menu. Ha! This does look great. I love brown butter!

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