Ham and Mushroom Penne Pasta | Dairy Farmers of Manitoba

Penne with Ham, Mushrooms and Peas


15 min.


20 min.

Serving Size

6 servings

Pasta perfectly balanced with diced ham, slices of mushrooms and fresh garden peas in a delicate creamy sauce, finished with a touch of fresh lemon juice and smoked Cheddar.


  • 1 lb (500 g) penne pasta
  • 1 Tbsp (15 mL) olive oil
  • 1 cup (250 mL) finely diced white onion or cooking onion
  • 1 Tbsp (15 mL) minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) dried chili flakes
  • 1 cup (250 mL) diced ham, 1/4-inch/0.5 cm
  • 3 cups (750 mL) thinly sliced button mushrooms, 8 oz./250 g
  • 2 cups (500 mL) whipping cream
  • 2 cups (500 mL) peas, fresh or frozen
  • 1 1/2 cups (375 mL) shredded smoked Canadian Cheddar cheese
  • 3 Tbsp (45 mL) lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) chopped fresh parsley
  • salt
  • black pepper


1. In a large pot of boiling, salted water, cook penne according to package directions until tender, but firm. Drain and set aside.
2. Meanwhile, in another large pot, heat oil over medium heat. Add onions and cook, stirring for about 3 minutes or until tender and fragrant. Add garlic and chili flakes and cook, stirring for 30 seconds or until fragrant. Add ham and cook, stirring well, for 30 seconds. Add mushrooms and cook, stirring for 3 minutes or until water is starting to release from mushrooms. Increase heat to high and cook, stirring for about 5 minutes longer or until water is evaporated and mushrooms brown lightly.
3. Pour in cream and bring to a simmer, stirring often (don’t boil it). Reduce heat and simmer for 2 to 3 minutes or until slightly reduced. Stir in peas and heat through (if using fresh peas, simmer for 2 to 3 minutes or until tender).
4. Add drained pasta and cheese to pot and stir to mix well. Stir in parsley and lemon juice. Taste and season with salt and pepper. Serve immediately.



  • When seasoning “to taste”, everyone’s palate is different and may need more or less salt and pepper.
  • The smoked Canadian Cheddar can be substituted with smoked Gouda or aged Canadian Provolone.