Cheesy Ham Casserole

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Ham Casserole is one of those yummy cheesy dishes that just scream home-cooked comfort. This casserole is made with ham and pasta tossed in a creamy cheesy sauce (much like a mac and cheese)!

This is a great dish to make that leftover ham stretch to satisfy a crowd.

spoonful of Cheesy Ham Casserole

What Goes in Ham Casserole

Cheesy ham casserole combines diced ham, with tender pasta in a creamy homemade cheese sauce. With 3 types of cheese (cheddar, gruyere and parmesan cheeses) this is a tasty dish!

A little thyme and Dijon add a savory lift to this leftover ham casserole .

Finally, a topping of buttered Panko bread crumbs with cheese provides some welcome crunch-appeal.

Cheesy Ham Casserole with cheese being poured on

Substitute to your heart’s content with the cheeses and pasta! Any kind of pasta will work for ham noodle casserole. Shells are my favorite, they cup and hold the cheese sauce, and are melt-in-your-mouth tender! I also find cheddar cheese is always great for melting into a sauce, but you can use any pasta or cheese you have on hand for this dish!

  • Pasta: rotini, penne, macaroni or even spaghetti.
  • Cheese: colby, asiago, swiss or muenster would be delicious!

How to Cook Ham Casserole

Homemade Cheese Sauce is easy to make and creates great flavor for this casserole. The sauce for this recipe starts with a roux.

Pre-shredded cheese can have starches added to keep it from clumping so it may not melt as well. For this sauce, it’s best to shred your own cheese.

Cheesy Ham Casserole in a white dish with shredded cheese on the side

Prep & Bake

  1. Melt butter in a large pot. Whisk in flour and cook for about a minute (per recipe below). Slowly whisking in the milk and to thicken. Add cheese until creamy.
  2. Combine cheese sauce, ham and pasta in a casserole dish.
  3. Top with crumb topping.

Bake until bubbly and the top is browned and crisp.

Cheesy Ham Casserole with breadcrumbs on top

What to Serve With Ham Casserole

Ham and cheese casserole is creamy stick-to-your-ribs rich with salt from the ham and cheese. Look for a side dish that is light, fresh and sweet or tangy. A fresh fruit salad, fresh tomato salad or cucumber dill salad would be welcome companions for ham casserole.

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Review Recipe

Ham Casserole

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Author Holly Nilsson
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
This easy cheesy ham casserole is the perfect way to use up your leftover ham and stretch it to feed a crowd!


  • 1 pound medium shells
  • cup butter
  • cup flour
  • 1 ¾ cups milk
  • 1 cup light cream 10-12% M.F.
  • ½ teaspoon dijon
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon thyme
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 3 cups sharp cheddar divided
  • 1 cup gruyere cheese
  • 2 tablespoons parmesan cheese
  • 2 cups diced ham
  • 2 tablespoons butter melted
  • ½ cup Panko bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley

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  • Preheat oven to 400°F. Mix together topping ingredients, set aside.
  • Cook shells al dente according to package directions. Drain well.
  • Meanwhile, melt butter, flour and seasonings in a saucepan. Allow to cook 1 minute.
  • Slowly add in cream and milk while whisking after each addition. The mixture will seem thick at first but will smooth out with each addition.
  • Once all of the cream/milk is added, whisk while bringing to a boil over medium heat. Allow to boil 1 minute.
  • Remove from heat and stir in 2 ½ cups cheddar, gruyere cheese, and parmesan until smooth.
  • Mix cheese sauce with cooked pasta and ham and place in a 9x13 pan. Add topping and remaining ½ cup of cheese.
  • Bake 22-26 minutes or until heated through and topping is browned. Cool 5 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 678, Carbohydrates: 53g, Protein: 32g, Fat: 37g, Saturated Fat: 22g, Cholesterol: 126mg, Sodium: 865mg, Potassium: 286mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 5g, Vitamin A: 1210IU, Vitamin C: 0.7mg, Calcium: 583mg, Iron: 1.7mg
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Ham Casserole ingredients in a casserole dish with writing

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