Comfort Food: Pasta with ham, zucchini and cheese cream!

Today is Monday is and we have to start the week by pampering ourselves! How? Follow me in this recipe!

This pasta remember me the 80s and 90s. Indeed, in Italy the use of cream and ham on pasta, if nowadays is almost disappeared, during the 80s – 90s it was very common: ham, cream and peas; ham, cream and zucchini; ham, mushroom and cream..Unfortunately this cook style is no longer in vogue but sometimes I like to savor again, with a bit of nostalgia, the feeling of home, of pampering, of girlhood that this recipe gives me! I remember me, eating this pasta after 5 hours of school watching “Non è la Rai” (The Italians will understand me) in front of the TV…moments of high culture :)



  • more or less 100-150g of pasta per person depending on how hungry you are (mezze penne are the best for this recipe!)
  • 2 zucchini
  • 100g ham
  • philadelphia cheese (3 spoons)
  • Parmesan (4 spoons)
  • a bit of milk or cream
  • salt and a lot of pepper (if you like it)


 Slice the zucchini and brown them in a pan for 10 minutes with a bit of salt. In the meanwhile, cook the pasta in boiling salted water and cut small pieces or strips of ham slices that you will add to the zucchini once they are soft. Stir-fry zucchini and ham in the pan for another 1 or 2 minutes and then add the cheese mix (philadelphia + Parmesan) and the milk or cream (just a little bit, enough to stretch a bit the mixture of cheese and make it more creamy). The sauce is done!

Drain the pasta and toss it in the pan with the other ingredients. Serve with plenty of pepper if you like it.

Buon appetito e buon inizio settimana :)