Dec 262016


You have probably reached your fill with turkey and all the associated leftover meals. You can probably go a full year before seeing turkey on your plate. You are going to have plenty of leftovers from another staple of holiday meals as well. The roasted ham is an essential meat for many traditional holiday dinners especially Christmas. While it isn’t quite as versatile as turkey when it comes to reinventing the leftovers into a new meal, ham does lend itself well to a variety of casseroles!

Here are some easy and delicious casserole recipes that create brand new meals from that leftover holiday ham:

Ham Casserole Recipe Ideas

Breakfast Casserole With Ham
Ham lends itself easily to a breakfast meal. You can use the leftover ham for a fun and yummy breakfast casserole that can be eaten for any meal of the day. To make this, scramble eggs with diced ham and then mix with potatoes that have been shredded hash brown style with butter. Top with grated cheese (we like using pepper jack) and bake in your favorite casserole dish. You can even experiment a little with with some cream of chicken soup or sour cream if you want a creamier dish.

Ham Baked Potato Casserole
If you are a fan of twice-baked potatoes, you are going to love this easy potato casserole recipe. For this casserole, you’ll need potatoes and ingredients like butter, sour cream, salt, and chives. Cut the potatoes into thin slices, au gratin style, and place them into the casserole dish with your other ingredients, along with a can of cream of potato soup. Top the dish with cubed pieces of ham and a cheese and bake for a hearty dish.

Ham, Rice, and Veggies Bake
If you have plenty of leftover vegetables along with your ham, try this casserole by using rice, cheese, and veggies. Leftover broccoli works well along with any other vegetables that you want to add, like peas, carrots, or green beans. Along with the ham and veggies, add some cheese, soup, and water so that your casserole has enough liquid to cook the rice you are adding. Season to taste with some fresh herbs, minced garlic, salt, and pepper.

Pasta Casserole With Your Favorite Veggies
Like the rice-based casserole above, pasta makes for a great base for a casserole that lets you use up your leftover ham and whatever veggies you have on hand, such as that bag of peas that has been sitting in the back of your freezer. This recipe will require approximately a pound of pasta, uncooked, along with chopped ham, butter, onions, heavy cream, white wine, and frozen peas.

Mix them together in a casserole dish and bake until your pasta noodles are tender. Top with parmesan cheese during the last 10 minutes of cooking to create a cheesy, crusty layer. This is an easy way to use a variety of leftovers in your refrigerator!

Leftovers do not have to be boring. Experiment with these ideas as you use leftovers in a creative way throughout the holiday season.

  83 Responses to “Healthy Ham Casseroles You Can Make With Leftovers”

  1. Yep it is that time of year when we pull out our left over ham and out come the casserole dishes. Nice to have several to choose from which includes breakfast and dinner.

  2. Oh this looks delicious, I’ve never had a ham casserole!

  3. These all look like great options! This year was the first year my family ended up not doing a ham. It took me a moment before I realized what was missing, but we ended up having a lot of leftovers anyway!

  4. These are great! I wish I had taken the leftovers home now. I would never have thought of these great ham leftover recipes!

  5. I love making Ham and having all the left overs!!! These are great casserole ideas for left overs!!

  6. I made a ham for Christmas dinner yesterday. I do believe that breakfast casserole might be where some of the leftovers go!

  7. This ham baked potato cassarole sounds amazing! I can never think of things to make with left over ham, but i LOVE cassaroles and would love to try this tomorrow for dinner.

  8. Ham has such great flavor! It adds so much flavor and depth to other ingredients. Thanks for the ideas!

  9. These are all great ideas for leftover ham. Ham baked potato casserole is something I will be trying for sure. I also make split pea soup with leftover ham. Thanks for sharing the leftover ideas.

  10. I will do the ham potato casserole that you mentioned since I have all the ingredients. Thanks for these awesome recipes.

  11. I love recipes that make a whole meal out of leftovers. Thank you for sharing and happy holidays!

  12. I don’t eat ham, but I definitely see myself subbing ham with chicken or beef. The recipes sound delicious!

  13. That is so great! I have SO MUCH leftover ham, so I can’t wait to do something fun with it!

  14. Yaaassssss. You win the internet! I have practically an entire pig in the fridge, and I was looking for something new to do with all the ham. You have saved the day!

  15. I never met a ham I didn’t like. You’re casserole ideas are very timely!

  16. All sound delicious-especially the pasta casserole with veggie! I’ll have to try this with my leftover holiday ham!

  17. I enjoy a good breakfast ham casserole and I totally forgot about making them until your post. I think I’ll make a ham this week so I can make ham casserole for New Years Day!

  18. this post makes me hungry. good stuff to do with leftovers

  19. Makes me wish we had ham at Christmas this past year! We had pork loin which was rocking…its a Cuban thing!
    I hate wasting food so the fact that you were not only able to re-create great menues and make them healthy post indulgence is awesome!

  20. Those are great ideas for leftover ham! I sometimes have no idea what to do with it, and just end up reheating it and eating it again… till it is gone!

  21. I can’t remember the last time I had ham. I will be sure to share these meal ideas with those who ask! I can’t imagine having so much leftovers and having to create additional meals.

  22. We did not do ham this year. These ideas can work for the leftover turkey though.

  23. This is perfect timing! We purchased a 10 pound ham for Christmas Day of which hardly anyone touched. I added some to an omelette this morning but needed some more ideas – thank you!

  24. Ham baked potato casserole sounds so good. We don’t really do turkey so we always make ham for Thanksgiving and Christmas. These are great ways to use it.

  25. I love left overs they make life a little more easy! thanks for the ideas I’ll have to try some of these healthy options : )

  26. yum yum this looks delish. i never tried ham casserole before and it looks great.

  27. It looks like the perfect dinner for my son! He would really enjoy this! Thank you!

  28. We have so many leftovers from the holidays! This is such a great idea!

  29. Oh cool! We have plenty of leftover ham and I think a veggie pasta casserole would be a nice way to use it up. I like these ideas!

  30. I love ham, and this one looks so good! I didn’t have ham this year for the holidays, although I usually do

  31. Yum! I love ham casseroles. Another recipe we make is an egg bake for breakfast, using diced ham! It is to die for!

  32. Oh my goodness! This is really tasty and tempting! I like the idea of making with left overs.

  33. Oh my goodness! This is really tasty and tempting! I like the idea of making with left overs.

  34. What a brilliant idea! I really love ham casserole, it’s really fantastic! Bookmarked this!

  35. I need to do this! I tend to throw so much of it out. What a waste.

  36. This is a great list of ideas! Making sandwiches can only go so far until you are sandwiched out!

  37. I always struggle with leftovers and what to do with them. The breakfast casserole sounds delicious as do the others!

  38. Sign me up for that breakfast casserole! Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day to have ham. Yum! Is it morning yet? Haha!

  39. Sign me up for that breakfast casserole! Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day to have ham. Yum! Is it morning yet? Haha!

  40. Leftovers definitely don’t have to boring. There are so many ways to enjoy different foods you only need a little creativity.

  41. I always have SO much leftovers when I make ham! Thanks for these great ideas because I am over making split pea soup with them!

  42. All these are yummy. We still have more than 1/2 of a ham. Aside from adding our left over homemade Mac & cheese these are great to use and gave me some ideas.

  43. Leftover ideas here are definitely not boring! Great that they are healthy too. Thanks for providing some inspiration on what to do with all my leftovers!

  44. These would be awesome ways to prepare leftover ham! It’s crazy when you’re out of ideas for leftovers but you don’t want to waste good food. Thanks for this list!

  45. The Breakfast Casserole with Ham sounds delicious! I think my family would love it. I would add some peppers or spinach (I always try to get veggies into my kids whenever possible).

  46. Im going to make the ham one tomorrow for breakfast before my daughter leaves for Chicago. Thanks for the great idea!

  47. Ooh these sound so delicious! I hadn’t thought to make a casserole with leftovers but now I’m brimming with ideas!

  48. Love this post. I actually make a breakfast ham casserole for Christmas morning. Happy cooking!

  49. I always struggle with leftovers and what to do with them. Its a good idea. I love trying new things. Thanks for sharing.

  50. Sounds delicious! I would love to try the pasta recipe with lots of veggies.

  51. I certainly wouldn’t want anything, especially food, to go to waste. It’s good that we can be creative even with leftovers. All these sound yummy!

  52. i love everything! well, I dont have ham leftover but ham with fried rice and garlic would taste good for me! with pasta sounds yummy too!

  53. I love giving new scrumptious life to leftovers! These are really great ideas!

  54. Oooh ham casseroles – now that is a good idea. Mmm I might do this but I might add potatoes and leftover turkey. xx

  55. Yup, we made 2 hams this weekend and have a ton of leftovers! Thanks for the ideas! Love making ham casseroles!

  56. I love that pasta casserole recipe. I’m over all these leftovers lol.

  57. Mmm, these look delicious. The Ham, Rice, and Veggies Bake sounds particularly yummy! Too bad all our ham is gone already. Happy Holidays!

  58. I don’t mind the cooking but it’s the leftovers we struggle with, thank you for the great ideas.

  59. Oh my goodness. Just in time! I saw all the ham in my fridge this morning and thought.. ugg. I’m so sick of ham!! I’ll definitely be using this tonight!! Thanks for sharing!

  60. I think a breakfast casserole with leftover ham would be delicious! Unfortunately we have eaten all the ham here. But, there’s always next year!

  61. Recipes that use leftovers are some of my favorites! I love that they help to save money and nothing goes to waste so this is a great option!

  62. This looks delicious, I’ll have to try this out!

  63. This looks so good! I’m definitely trying it!

  64. Yum! These sound amazing! Lord knows this time of year we always have leftover ham and turkey. Looking forward to giving some of these leftover recipes a whirl! 🙂

  65. I’m not a ham eater by any means but this is a good idea for use with other kinds of meat. Thanks for sharing.

  66. This is such a great idea!! We have SO much left over ham, and I was looking for something to do with it! I’ll be trying one of these! YUM!

  67. These are such great ideas. I really like the ham, veggies and rice casserole. Sounds delicious!

  68. Ham is always a holiday favorite, but I am usually looking for new ways to use the leftovers. Your list is fantastic! Can’t wait to try some of these next time I cook a ham 🙂

  69. It’s nice to have a variety of recipes for leftovers, especially when you have a large quantity remaining.

  70. Love these ideas! I love Ham but don’t really cook or serve it at home because we always have too much left over

  71. This is genius. Using leftovers to create another meal is a great idea. I’ve tried that before and failed immensely.

  72. The beautiful thing about these breakfast casseroles is that while they’re filled with “breakfast foods” like sausage and eggs, they’re perfectly healthy and acceptable for any meal of the day. 39. Apple and Salsa Ham Mini Casseroles . The beauty of this dish is its unique simplicity.

  73. We don’t use Ham at home, but this is such a wonderful idea to comeup with some delicious casseroles using lefover chicken or beef. I would love to try Pasta Casserole with veggies this weekend!

  74. We are still eating holiday leftover in our house! I love these recipe ideas for using ham, they all look so delicious. I think we will try a few. 🙂

  75. These all sound good. I love anything with ham and potatoes!

  76. These recipes sound so yummy! It is such a good feeling when you can find ways to reuse leftovers.

  77. Leftovers are the best, aren’t they? This is great!

  78. You can’t beat a good ham meal! My favorite personally is a broccoli and cheese and ham cassorole!

  79. There are so many ways to use ham I see. I have never made ham but will definitely be trying in the future because of your recipes!

  80. Such awesome ideas for leftover ham, we don’t have ham for our christmas but will remember these for when we do

  81. The Ham Baked Potato Casserole sounds the best to me right now. Nom Nom!!! Comfort food!

  82. My family is definitely a HAM family. I am not to be honest but around the holidays lots of my family members were excited for ham leftovers they could use this recipe.

  83. My family is definitely a HAM family. I am not to be honest but around the holidays lots of my family members were excited for ham leftovers they could use this recipe.