Turn Your Easter Ham into a Lighter Ham Tetrazzini!

When Easter's over, wow those around your dinner table with this tasty ham dish!

I’ve made Turkey Tetrazzini from time to time, but this slightly adapted recipe from Cooking Light, replacing turkey with ham, caught my eye.  It’s filled with the same great tetrazzini flavors and is easy to make also, however, it’s that touch of horseradish that takes it up a notch!

So San Francisco legends go, Ernest Arbogast, a chef at the Palace Hotel, created his tetrazzini recipe for Louisa Tetrazzini, an Italian opera singer who lived, “Eloise-style," at the hotel for many years. 

Chef Arbogast’s recipe made a decadent dish, heavy on the cream, with mushrooms and sliced almonds sautéed in butter.  It's up for grabs though, whether to use chicken, turkey, salmon, or ham.

For this lightened up version of tetrazzini, use whatever cheese you like with your leftover Easter ham. Adding a dab of butter, fresh vegetables and pasta, turns it into classic comfort food.

It’s an easy way to feed a hungry family or a hungry group at a potluck or dinner party. 

Serve this with a green salad, fresh asparagus and warm garlic bread ~ it’s a surprisingly delicious meal for everyone!

It's tetrazzini perfection with leftover ham!!!

Printable recipe
2 tablespoons butter
2 cups sliced mushrooms
1 small onion, chopped
½ cup green bell pepper, chopped
1 cup frozen peas, thawed
1 (14 ounces) can stewed tomatoes
3 tablespoons flour
1 can reduced-fat cream of mushroom soup
1 cup fat-free evaporated milk
½ to 1 cup water, enough to make it creamy
2 teaspoons prepared horseradish
Salt and pepper, to taste
2 cups cubed fully cooked ham
1 (14 ounces) package spaghetti
½ cup Parmesan cheese, grated 

Preheat oven to 375°.
Coat a large casserole dish with cooking spray.
Cook spaghetti according to package directions, drain well, and set aside.
In a large skillet, over medium-high heat, melt butter and sauté onion, mushrooms and green pepper until tender.
Add peas and tomatoes, combine well.
Sprinkle with flour, cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute.
Gradually whisk in soup, milk and water.
Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Stir in horseradish, and cook for 5-6 minutes, until mixture comes to a boil, and thickens.
Add spaghetti and ham, combine well.
Pour mixture into prepared casserole dish, sprinkle Parmesan over all.
Bake for 30 minutes or until heated through and a golden brown.
Let stand for 5 minutes.

Prep time:  15 minutes
Cook time:  30 minutes
Total time:  45 minutes
8 servings




  1. That does sound delicious. We do not eat any different at Easter to any other day of the week, but this is worth going out and buying a ham so we have some left over :-) Happy Easter Diane

    1. Yes, it is worth it, Diane! It's very good. Happy Easter

  2. What a terrific idea! Never thought of using ham in this dish, but it's an excellent idea. Fun stuff! And wonderful post -- thanks.

    1. Thanks, John! I'm so glad I saw this recipe, it's a great delicious use of ham! Thanks!

  3. Pam, Nice use of that leftover ham...one of our daughter-in-law's favorites. Its a pretty nice presentation too! Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

  4. Very nice use of leftover ham! That's a wonderfully delicious and comforting meal, Pam.

  5. We will have leftover ham, Pam. I like this lighter version, thank you.

    1. Hi Judy! This is a good use with your leftover ham! :-)

  6. Horseradish is a main food item on our Passover table. It goes well with eggs, meat, fish, potatoes and..ham.
    Your recipe is certainly worth a try (without dairy ingredients for me).
    I like the story about the opera singer; any background story makes reading a recipe more interesting and attractive.

    1. Hi Duta! Horseradish is great and I use it a lot. Some dishes have a good little story to them. It's a delicious dish! Take care

  7. No ham for us this year but I wish we had one so I could make this luscious dish! Happy Easter Pam - many blessing to you and your family.

    1. Hi Tricia! I think we've always had ham for Easter, tradition for sure. Happy Easter and blessings to you and yours!

  8. We haven't had ham in so long but it's not my family's favorite :( Always loved leftover ham dishes and this one sounds delicious.

    1. Yes, we've got one who will only eat ham at Easter time, not really crazy about it. I love ham sandwiches. Take care

  9. I have never heard of this dish before but it sounds great. Happy Easter.

    1. We like it, it's a treat when we do! Thanks and Happy Easter!

  10. Love this idea. I am still eating my Easter ham three days later as two of my Easter guests couldn't make it due to illness. I had enough ham for 7 plus some leftovers and ended up with 5 people eating it. I'd have to leave the peas out though.

  11. wow this is such a lovely idea. HOpe you had a nice Easter! will have to save this post!


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