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Easy Ham And Potato Casserole: Comfort Food At Its Finest

Easy Ham And Potato Casserole: Comfort Food At Its Finest

I made this dish not too long ago on a whim and kinda threw it together one afternoon for a weeknight meal. It was awesome and I (and my family) gave myself a pat on the back. The next day I realized I didn’t write anything down about the dish and kicked myself for not thinking ahead. This week I thought about that casserole again when my mom had a plate of spiral ham leftover from dinner. This time I wrote everything down and I’m sure you’re gonna love it. It’s a favorite combo of ham, broccoli, potatoes, and cheese. It’s topped with a few ritz crackers for crunch and a little more cheese.

This recipe is easy to put together because of time saving things like leaving the potatoes unpeeled and using packaged shredded cheese. If you’re really in a crunch for time you can sub in frozen broccoli (after a quick thaw under cold water) rather than using fresh and just mix it in the casserole right before baking it.

Easy Ham And Potato Casserole

*4 medium Russet Potatoes, (skins on) diced into 1/2″ cubes

*1/2 pound broccoli florets, cut in half (or bite size pieces)

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*1 cup ham, diced

*1/2 stick butter

*3 Tablespoons flour

*1 teaspoon salt

*1/2 teaspoon black pepper

*1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

*1/8 teaspoon garlic powder

*2 cups milk

*2 cups shredded cheese/ divided ( I use a mix of cheeses, your call)

Spray a 2 quart casserole dish with cooking spray and set to side. Preheat oven to 350°. Cover (over 2″ above) diced potatoes in a 1 1/2 quart sauce pan with cool water and about 1/4 cup salt. Bring water to boil.

In a separate sauce pot melt butter and gently stir in flour and seasonings. Cook about a minute and a half until bubbling and fragrant. Slowly add (while continuously stirring) the milk. Turn heat on medium high and continue to stir until bubbling. Turn off heat and stir in 1 1/2 cups of the cheese. Stir until smooth.

Creamy Cheese Sauce Complete

Once potatoes are almost fork tender, drop in fresh broccoli and cook two minutes. Strain.

Heading for the oven

Stir together potatoes and broccoli, ham, and cheese sauce and pour into prepared dish. Top with remaining 1/2 cup of cheese and Ritz crackers.

Bake for 25 minutes and turn oven up to 400°. Bake another 5 minutes until casserole is bubbly and golden brown. Let sit 5 to 10 minutes before serving.

What are your go to weeknight meals? Please share them below!



18 thoughts on “Easy Ham And Potato Casserole: Comfort Food At Its Finest”

  • We are going to have to try this!! I love comfort food that has veggies in it 🙂 My go to meal would be creamy chicken and cauliflower rice soup. It is very similar to chicken and rice soup but a smidge healthier because of the cauliflower! Many of the recipes call for ground chicken and we found that (when in time crunch) we actually enjoyed the rotisserie chicken instead!

    • Oh yes, rotisserie chicken is always sooooo good and my go to! Thanks for the comments Veronica:)

  • The picture of the casserole looks so appetizing!
    And when I read the recipe, it reminded me of the homebaked maccaroni cassserole I makes sometimes.
    I am not a big fan of ham but my husband is, and boy,when he starts smokjng that ham we have ham in the refrigerator for a week (we are 4 people in our household). So, this recipe definitely is an excellent idea to use the ham leftovers. And it’s perfect for busy mothers who cook after coming home from work because it’s simple and time-saving.
    This recipe should work well on Pinterest, lots of people like me always searching for a nutritious and easy to make meal.
    Keep on posting your cooking ideas!
    Andrea

    • Thanks Andrea! It is so good and will be super good with your husband’s smoked ham! Thanks for visiting and thanks for the compliments!:)

  • This sounds delicious and I’m sure I can make that keto friendly. Definitely something to try. Great instructions.

  • This recipe looks delicious. I do not have an oven at my apartment, but I will send this recipe to my Dad. It has his favorite vegetable, broccoli, and he will be sure to enjoy the recipe. He is always looking for new ways to incorporate his favorite vegetable into his dishes. I appreciate it.

    I do have a question though. What other dishes have you done with broccoli in them? Like my Dad, broccoli is also my favorite vegetable :). I unfortunately do not have an oven at the moment, only a stove top, so I cannot cook broccoli there. I would very much like to hear your suggestions.

    Thank you for sharing and I hope you make it a great day!

    • Hey Alex! I love broccoli too! Most times I’ll steam it with fresh butter and salt and pepper but it is pretty amazing in this casserole. I’ll have to post some more recipes using this awesome veggie for you soon. Keep checking back!

  • I have never this casserole but it’s making my mouth water. I’m betting that this’ll taste great and have great texture when you eat it.
    I might try cooking this one of these days.

    • Thanks Roberto:) You should definitely try this casserole. It’s so easy and so comforting. Let me know if you try it!

  • Oh my! What wonderful photos. Looks so yummy and mouth-watering!

    I’m not much of a cook, but your instructions look easy to follow. And it looks like the results will be heavenly!

    Thanks so much for sharing this! My stomach’s rumbling now…

    Joanie

  • Wow, this has got to be good! This is my type of casserole for sure. Its hard to read all of this and not want to cook and eat all of these great things! Great posts and website!

  • Hello
    This recipe for Easy Ham and Potato Casserole looks so delicious. I’m actually a little hungry right now and reading your article made my mouth water. I thought about whether I had all the ingredients in the house right now to make this. Unfortunately, I do not. It’s a great looking recipe and I will keep it in mind.
    I love your website!
    Have an awesome day.
    Angela

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