Pasta with Baked Potato Toppings

Penne Pasta with Baked Potato Toppings and cheese
Penne Pasta with Baked Potato Toppings and cheese

Pasta with Baked Potato Toppings

September 12, 2015

Pasta with Baked Potato Toppings 4 5 0

Ok, so I admit it, I love baked potato toppings. Baked potatoes themselves are good too, but the toppings are really where it's at. This recipe combines all things baked potato with another carb-heavy favorite, pasta (Atkins' followers beware...). The creaminess of the potato flakes and sour cream sauce lends itself well to the pasta as well as their other fellow toppings -- green onions, ham, and cheese. I'm aware bacon is the typical baked potato favorite, but with my need for lowfat foods, ham is an acceptable substitute. I'm also aware of the hesitation towards instant potato flakes. Let me say, they make horrible mashed potatoes (sorry!), but they do come in handy for other recipes, this one included. So take advantage of those baked potato toppings in your cupboard and try this pasta tonight!

  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 20 mins
  • 10 mins

    20 mins

    30 mins

  • Yields: 2-3 Meal Servings


2 cup Penne Pasta, uncooked

1/2 cup Ham (or 1/4 cup cooked Bacon), cubed small

2 tsp Garlic Powder

1 1/4 cup Reserved Pasta Water

3/4 cup Instant Potato Flakes (trust me...)

1/3 cup Sour Cream, Fat Free

1/4 cup Green Onions, diced

Cheddar Cheese

Salt/Pepper to Taste


1Cook pasta according to directions, reserving 1 1/4 cup of the pasta water.


3After draining pasta, place back in whatever pot you boiled it in.


5In a small bowl, slowly mix the pasta water into the sour cream and whisk.


7Add flakes, sour cream liquid, ham, garlic powder, and salt/pepper.


9Combine well. Cook on low-medium for 10-12 minutes.


11Remove from heat, add green onions. Stir.


13Serve topped with green onions, cheese, extra sour cream, and ham.






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