Cheesy and Creamy Ham Casserole

Oct 31

As you read this, I am most likely on a plane heading home (yay!!!!), and my kitchen is getting new linoleum– I know, I’m fancy….lol.

I’m so excited for a new kitchen floor. Unfortunately, it’s the same time I’m traveling home/being able to sleep in my own bed, so who knows when I will be able to do laundry and actually cook dinner in my house. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that putting in the new floor won’t take as long as is took for my landlord to schedule the work (3+ months). Fingers crossed!!

So let’s go to the last meal I made before leaving for my last business trip– a cheesy and creamy ham casserole.

Cheesy and Creamy Ham Casserole -- Food Ramblings

I got the recipe from the Keenan Cookbook. I made their seafood enchiladas for the Secret Recipe Club a few months back. When I was deciding on a recipe, I bookmarked a ton of options. I finally went through my computer and found this cheesy and creamy ham casserole. Perfect fall recipe! This recipe is adapted from the Keenan Cookbook (who adapted it from the Novice Chef).

Cheesy and Creamy Ham Casserole -- Food Ramblings

PS- HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!!

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups whole wheat rotini
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 1 quart boiling water
  • 1 cup broccoli florets
  • 1/2 cup cauliflower
  • 2/3 cup skim milk
  • 1 tbs freeze-dried parsley
  • 1 10oz can low-fat cream of chicken soup
  • 1 cup reduced-fat shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 (6 oz) tub light cream cheese with chives and onions, softened
  • 5 tbs butter, softened
  • 2 cups chopped lean ham (we used a half pound of thick sliced deli ham)
  • 1/2 cup Panko bread crumbs
  • Cook time: 40 minutes
  • Servings: 8
  • Difficulty: easy

Directions

Prepare 9x13 casserole dish by spraying with cooking spray and set aside. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Cook noodles in 1 quarts boiling water for 2 minutes. Add broccoli, cauliflower, and onions, and cook 3 minutes more. Drain immediately. Be careful not to overcook the noodles-- they will cook more in the casserole dish.

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Combine milk, soup, cheddar cheese, parsley, and butter in a large bowl with a whisk. Add noodle mixture and ham to combine.

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Pour and spread the contents of the bowl into the casserole dish. Sprinkle the bread crumbs evenly over casserole.

Cover casserole with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake another 10 minutes- the breadcrumbs should be browned on top.

Cheesy and Creamy Ham Casserole -- Food Ramblings

Cheesy and Creamy Ham Casserole -- Food Ramblings

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Comments: 31

  1. We love making casseroles in the winter months. They just work so well. I will be adding this one into the rotation.

    • Elizabeth Nov 04 at 9:34 am Reply

      Yay! So glad you’re going to try it!

  2. Tina Ashburn Oct 31 at 11:48 am Reply

    This looks so simple to make. Thanks!

    • Elizabeth Nov 04 at 9:35 am Reply

      Thanks Tina- it was really simple :)

  3. Debbie Denny Oct 31 at 12:17 pm Reply

    Hubby just smoked a ham last evening… I will try this!

    • Elizabeth Nov 04 at 9:36 am Reply

      Perfect- let me know if you try it :)

  4. Debbie Lamb Oct 31 at 12:53 pm Reply

    Looks delicious….Cheese & Ham two of my favorite foods!

    • Elizabeth Nov 04 at 9:36 am Reply

      Me too!

  5. brett Oct 31 at 4:04 pm Reply

    oh, i `m loving this ham casserole recipe! looks delish. love comfort foods

    • Elizabeth Nov 04 at 9:37 am Reply

      Thanks Brett!

  6. Looks good to me! Pasta is always one of my favorites so if I have it in the house, I never go hungry! :) Thanks for sharing.

    • Elizabeth Nov 04 at 9:38 am Reply

      Thanks for stopping by Norma!

  7. You had me at cheesy! ;)

    • Elizabeth Nov 04 at 9:38 am Reply

      Thanks Jennifer!

  8. kathy balman Oct 31 at 9:24 pm Reply

    sounds yummy. I love cheese but sadly can’t have it anymore :(

    • Elizabeth Nov 04 at 9:39 am Reply

      Sorry you can’t have the cheese- but I bet you could substitute it!

  9. Mama to 5 BLessings Oct 31 at 11:07 pm Reply

    sounds delicious, nice and hardy! I love meals like this – thanks for sharing the recipe!

    • Elizabeth Nov 04 at 9:39 am Reply

      Me too- easy, but a great meal for a family!

  10. I am a sucker for a great casserole! We froze lots of garden veggies this year and I bet they’d work well in your recipe. Thanks!

    • Elizabeth Nov 04 at 9:40 am Reply

      You should definitely give it a try!

  11. Jennifer B Nov 01 at 6:00 am Reply

    This looks yummy! I love comfort food in the cool weather!

    • Elizabeth Nov 04 at 9:41 am Reply

      Thanks Jennifer!

  12. Kristyn Nov 01 at 7:51 am Reply

    sounds delicious!

    • Elizabeth Nov 04 at 9:44 am Reply

      Thanks Kristyn!

  13. Virginia @thatbaldchick Nov 01 at 9:50 am Reply

    That looks delish!

    • Elizabeth Nov 04 at 9:45 am Reply

      Thanks Virginia!

  14. Katherine Bartlett Nov 01 at 8:07 pm Reply

    That looks amazing!

    • Elizabeth Nov 04 at 9:44 am Reply

      Thanks Katherine!

  15. Amy Desrosiers Nov 01 at 8:54 pm Reply

    Thanks for the inspiration! I am always looking for Fall meals.

    • Elizabeth Nov 04 at 9:37 am Reply

      Happy to help Amy!

  16. Amy Desrosiers Nov 01 at 8:54 pm Reply

    Thanks for the inspiration! I am always looking for Fall meals.

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