This ham casserole recipe is egg noodles, broccoli and diced ham in a creamy sauce, all topped with cheese and baked to golden brown perfection. A comfort food classic that’s the perfect way to use up leftover ham!

You can’t go wrong with hearty casserole recipes, whether it’s pizza casserole, million dollar spaghetti casserole, king ranch chicken, chicken and broccoli casserole, taco casserole or this cheesy ham and noodle version. My kids always request this meal and I’m happy to oblige.

Ham casserole with egg noodles and broccoli, topped with melted cheese.

When the holidays roll around, I always make sure to purchase a ham that’s larger than what I actually need, so that I have plenty of leftovers. My favorite way to repurpose holiday ham is in an amazing ham casserole. You don’t even have to wait for a holiday ham to make this one, it’s great year round too!

Ham Casserole Ingredients

To make this recipe, you will need egg noodles, butter, flour, garlic, milk, heavy cream, parmesan cheese, cheddar cheese, ham, broccoli, salt, black pepper and parsley.

Diced ham, broccoli and egg noodles in a bowl.

How Do You Make Ham Casserole?

Preheat the oven, then coat a baking dish with cooking spray. Melt the butter in a pan or large skillet, then add the garlic and flour. Pour in the milk and cream, then bring everything to a simmer, whisking the whole time. Once the sauce starts to get thick, add parmesan and cheddar cheese, along with salt and pepper to taste. Place the noodles, ham and broccoli in a large bowl. Pour the cheese sauce into the bowl, and stir to combine. Transfer the noodle mixture to the prepared casserole dish, then top with more cheese. Bake until the casserole is bubbly and cheese is melted. Add a little fresh parsley on top, then serve and enjoy.

Ham, noodles and broccoli covered in cheese sauce.

Tips For The Perfect Casserole

  • Noodle casserole is a great way to use up holiday ham, but you can make this casserole year round by purchasing a ham steak and cutting that into cubes.
  • You can assemble this dish up to 4 hours before you plan to eat. Cover the pan and refrigerate the casserole until you’re ready to bake it. You may need to add a little more bake time to compensate for starting with a cold casserole.
  • I prefer to use the extra wide egg noodles, but standard egg noodles also work just fine.
  • This casserole tastes best with freshly grated cheese. The pre-shredded cheese that comes in bags at the grocery store is often coated with anti caking agents and preservatives, and does not melt as well.
  • Lightly steam or blanch your broccoli before you add it to the dish. Frozen broccoli will also work, just be sure to thaw and pat dry to remove any excess water.

Quick Tip

Leftovers will stay fresh in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Ham and noodles in creamy sauce, topped with shredded cheddar cheese.

Recipe FAQs

What are the five components of a casserole?

Most casseroles contain a protein, vegetable, cheese, starch and sauce. In this case, we have ham for protein, broccoli for the veggie, egg noodles as a starch, two types of cheese and a cheese sauce.

What dishes can be made from leftover ham?

You can use leftover ham in so many different ways. Some great options include soups, sandwiches, salads and casserole dishes.

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A serving of ham casserole on a plate, topped with melted cheese and chopped parsley.

Flavor Variations

This casserole is delicious as-is, but feel free to add other ingredients to customize the flavors to your tastes.

  • Pasta: Instead of egg noodles, try a different variety of short pasta such as rigatoni, penne, farfalle or fusilli.
  • Vegetables: Swap out the broccoli for a scoop of frozen mixed veggies, or use cooked asparagus, mushrooms, zucchini or bell peppers.
  • Cheese: While ham and cheddar are a classic flavor combination, other great cheese options include mozzarella, Monterey Jack, fontina or swiss.
  • Toppings: Add a sprinkle of buttered breadcrumbs, some cooked and crumbled bacon or a handful of french fried onions to the top of your casserole.

Ham casserole is a must make recipe – it’s the perfect hearty comfort food that’s easy to prepare and always gets rave reviews. Looking for more ways to use your holiday ham? Check out my comprehensive list of leftover ham recipes!

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Ham Casserole

AuthorSara Welch
Ham casserole with egg noodles and broccoli, topped with melted cheese.
This ham casserole is egg noodles, broccoli and diced ham in a creamy sauce, all topped with cheese and baked to golden brown perfection. A comfort food classic that's the perfect way to use up leftover ham!
Time
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time50 minutes
Course Main
Cuisine Italian
Serves 6

Ingredients 

  • 12 ounces egg noodles cooked in salted water according to package directions
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 3 cups shredded cheddar cheese divided use
  • 2 1/2 cups diced ham
  • 1 1/2 cups broccoli florets cooked
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • cooking spray
  • 1 tablespoon parsley chopped

Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Coat a 3 quart baking dish with cooking spray.
  • Melt the butter in a large pan over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Whisk in the flour and cook for 1 minute.
  • Pour in the milk and cream, then simmer, whisking constantly, until sauce has just thickened. 
  • Add the parmesan cheese and 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese to the milk mixture, along with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Stir until the cheese has melted.
  • Place the egg noodles, ham and broccoli in a large bowl. Pour the sauce over the top, and toss to coat evenly.
  • Pour the pasta mixture into the prepared pan, and top with remaining cheddar cheese.
  • Bake, uncovered, for 20 minutes or until pasta is bubbly and cheese has just started to brown.
  • Sprinkle parsley over the top, then serve.

Notes

  1. You can assemble this dish up to 4 hours before you plan to eat. Cover the pan and refrigerate the casserole until you’re ready to bake it. You may need to add a little more bake time to compensate for starting with a cold casserole.
  2. This casserole tastes best with freshly grated cheese. The pre-shredded cheese that comes in bags at the grocery store is often coated with anti caking agents and preservatives, and does not melt as well.
  3. Lightly steam or blanch your broccoli before you add it to the dish. Frozen broccoli will also work, just be sure to thaw and pat dry to remove any excess water.

Nutrition

Calories: 644kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 24g | Cholesterol: 160mg | Sodium: 569mg | Potassium: 414mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1385IU | Vitamin C: 2.1mg | Calcium: 465mg | Iron: 1.7mg

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  1. 5 stars
    This Casserole is definitely delicious. I make a similar dish like this too often and is my family favorite meal always. I love your recipe too.

  2. 5 stars
    Oh my goodness this looks so delicious and tasty! My family is going to love this recipe! Can’t wait to make this!

  3. 5 stars
    Oh, wow! Adding this to my list to try! It’s so comforting & yummy! Totally what I’m craving now!

  4. 5 stars
    This looks perfect to print off and send with my son to college! Simple and easy casseroles are great to make ahead for a busy week. Thank you.