Go Back Email Link
+ servings
ham and creamy mushroom pasta recipe

Ham and Creamy Mushroom Pasta | 30-Minute Weight-Loss Meal

Mushroom Spaghetti… and Ham Hock. Need I say more?
5 from 10 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 2 portions
Calories 419 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

  • 120 g Dry Spaghetti
  • 10 Sprays Cooking Spray
  • 250 g Chestnut Mushrooms
  • 100 g Ham Hock (or sliced ham)
  • 50 g Extra Light Cream Cheese (I use Philadelphia Lightest)
  • 50 ml Semi-Skimmed Milk
  • ¼ tsp Dry Parsley
  • Salt and Pepper to Taste

Instructions
 

  • Put a large pan of water on a high flame to warm up.
  • Slice the mushrooms as preferred and set aside; I like to cut mine in halves or quarters.
  • Chop the Ham Hock and set aside as well; I like to chop mine in cubes about half a centimeter in size, so to ensure there is at least a piece in each bite.
  • Warm-up a frying pan with the 10 sprays of cooking spray in it. Once warm, add the chopped mushrooms and mix well on medium heat. After 2-3 minutes, put a lid on the pan and reduce the flame to low.
  • As the mushrooms cook, they will release some water, which will add flavor to the dish. This process will take between 5 and 10 minutes, depending on the size of the pieces of mushroom and how low the flame is.
  • Meanwhile, once the water boils, add some salt and the spaghetti to it, mix well and allow to cook as per packaging description or your preference.
  • In the meantime, remove the lid from the mushrooms and add the ham hock, parsley, black pepper, and salt to taste and mix well, always keeping the frying pan on low heat. After 2 minutes, remove from the heat.
  • Warm up the milk for 30 seconds in the microwave and mix the cream cheese in it; the cream cheese will not completely melt in the milk, but not to worry – it will once it is mixed with the mushrooms and ham.
  • Once cooked and ready, drain the pasta, without over draining it, and add it to the mushroom and ham mixture together with the milk and cream cheese mixture.
  • Mix well, return to the low flame for 30 seconds if deemed necessary, then divide into two plates and serve.

Notes

This is a very tasty simple dish, for which I have a couple of notes and amendments if wanted.
The pasta does not need to be spaghetti, that is just my shape of choice for this recipe as I love spaghetti. Many people prefer short pasta, such as penne, as it is more child and lunch-box friendly; should you decide to use a different shape of pasta and are calorie counting, use the same amount.
Should you wish to bulk up this meal a bit more, you can increase the quantity of mushrooms; to add variation and extra taste, a good way of doing so is by mixing different types of mushrooms, such as button, chestnut, and portobello. What is key in this case, is to prepare them all in the same size, so that they mix well and are spread equally through the recipe.
Should you not like ham hock or, should a vegetarian version be preferred, then this can be skipped or replaced with another ingredient. A good way of doing so is by swapping it out with little cubes of reduced-fat feta cheese or ricotta cheese, which will melt and blend well. Alternatively, serve with a sprinkle of delicious parmesan cheese.
Dry parsley is a staple in my kitchen, as it is hard to go through a whole batch of fresh, but should you have it instead, then go for it. Parsley is one of those herbs that can be liked or disliked to an extreme – there’s no half way – so if you do not like it, skip it. This can be then swapped for your herb (or a mix of herbs) of choice or avoided altogether. If you do not like herbs, then try adding a little fresh garlic when cooking the mushrooms… delicious!!
Another tasty swap is a cream cheese that is sold with herbs ready mixed in it – worth giving it a try! In that case, you may skip adding the dry/fresh parsley.

Nutrition

Calories: 419kcalCarbohydrates: 52gProtein: 23gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 51mgSodium: 178mgPotassium: 901mgFiber: 3gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 95IUCalcium: 91mgIron: 2mg
Keyword 30-Minute Meal, ham and mushroom, healthy spaghetti, how to cook spaghetti
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!