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Ham Casserole with Broccoli and Rice

This Ham Casserole is is loaded with delicious bites of broccoli and super creamy rice! It’s a great recipe to make with leftover ham and it’s make-ahead and freezer friendly! 

A wooden spoon full of ham casserole with broccoli and rice.

Ham Casserole

I can’t get enough of this incredible Ham Casserole recipe, it’s one of my favorite ways to make use of leftover ham while also switching up our normal dinner routine. I love using a variety of different vegetables here too! Bonus: This makes the best make-ahead recipe and freezer food! 

Ham in a sauce pan next to uncooked rice in a sauce pan. Chicken broth and uncooked rice in a sauce pan next to cooked rice in a sauce pan. side by side sauce pans full of ham casserole ingredients before and after being mixed.

casserole dish filled with uncooked ham casserole ingredients and topped with grated cheese. ham casserole with melted cheese on top and ham casserole with a ritz cracker crust on top.

Make-Ahead Method

  • Assemble as outlined but don’t add Ritz topping.
  • Cover and refrigerate until ready to bake. (You can also freeze it and let it thaw for 24 hours prior to following the remaining steps below.)
  • If possible, let it sit at room temperature for 30 minutes prior to baking.
  • Add an additional 25 minutes of covered baking time, until the cheese is melted and the dish is hot. Add Ritz topping and bake for 10-15 more minutes, uncovered.

a casserole dish filled with ham casserole with a wooden spoon scooping some of it out.

Pro Tips

  • Use white long grain rice, not Instant rice. It has a creamier consistency and better flavor.
  • Using Brown or Wild Rice: Other varieties of rice may require more liquid or cooking time. Cook according to package instructions, using chicken broth instead of water for more flavor. Add broccoli during the last 7 minutes. 
  • Condensed Soup: Feel free to make this with my homemade Cream of Chicken Soup instead of a can. Cream of Mushroom can also be used!
  • Crispy Fried Onion Tops make a delicious topping on this casserole instead of Ritz as well.
  • Frozen Broccoli can be used instead of fresh. Let it thaw and pay it dry.
  • Other vegetable options include diced carrots, celery, peas, and green beans.
  • Cheese: Shred it from a block if possible, it will melt and taste much better than packaged shredded cheese. Cracker Barrel Extra Sharp Yellow Cheese melts very well.
  • Other cheese options include cheddar jack, mozzarella, and smoked gouda. A combination of different kinds of these cheeses may also be used. 
  • For different variations, be sure to try my Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole, Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole, One Pot Sausage and Rice Casserole, and Ground Beef and Rice Casserole!

Storage

  • Store in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months. This freezes and reheats very well, it’s one of my favorite freezer meals! 

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Ham Casserole with Broccoli and Rice

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This Ham Casserole is loaded with cheesy, creamy rice and perfectly cooked broccoli. It's an easy dinner and a great way to make use of leftover ham!

Ingredients

  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ½ cup yellow onion, finely diced
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 1/2 cups chicken broth, low sodium
  • 1 ¼ cup white long grain rice, uncooked
  • 2 cups cooked ham, diced
  • 2 cups broccoli florets
  • 10.75 oz. cream of chicken soup
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 2 ½ cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • Salt/Pepper, optional

Ritz Cracker Topping

  • 1 cup Ritz Crackers, crushed into crumbs
  • 2 Tablespoons butter, melted

Instructions

  • Note: This recipe is designed to allow you to prepare all of the casserole ingredients in one pot before transferring to a casserole dish for baking. Before you begin, refer to your rice package for the amount of liquid (we'll use chicken broth) and cooking time. If preferred, cook the rice separately and skip the broth ingredient. You'll need 3 + 3/4 cups of cooked rice to combine with the other casserole ingredients. I use white long grain rice and the cooking times below work perfectly.
  • Preheat the oven to 350° F.
  • Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat.
  • Add the diced onions and cook for 5 minutes, until softened.
  • Add the chicken broth, olive oil, and rice to the pot and bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer.
  • Cover tightly and cook for 8 minutes.
  • Add the broccoli, replace the cover, cook for 7 more minutes. Refrain from stirring.
  • Note: If liquid remains in the pot and the rice isn't yet cooked through after 15 minutes, cover simmer for up to 5 additional minutes, or until cooked through.
  • Remove from heat and leave the cover on. Let the rice sit for 10 minutes. Any rice on the bottom of the pot will release during this time.
  • Add the diced ham, condensed soup, sour cream, milk, and half of the cheddar cheese. Stir until well-combined.
  • Spread into a lightly greased 9 x 13 casserole dish.
  • Top with remaining cheddar cheese.
  • Cover and bake for 15 minutes.
  • Combine the Ritz cracker crumbs and butter. Spread over the top of the casserole and bake, uncovered, for 10 additional minutes.
  • Let the casserole sit for 5 minutes prior to serving.

Notes

Pro Tips:
  • Use white long grain rice, not Instant rice. It has a creamier consistency and better flavor.
  • Using Brown or Wild Rice: Other varieties of rice may require more liquid or cooking time. Cook according to package instructions, using chicken broth instead of water for more flavor. Add broccoli during the last 7 minutes. 
  • Condensed Soup: Feel free to make this with my homemade Cream of Chicken Soup instead of a can. Cream of Mushroom can also be used!
  • Crispy Fried Onion Tops make a delicious topping on this casserole instead of Ritz as well.
  • Frozen Broccoli can be used instead of fresh. Let it thaw and pay it dry.
  • Other vegetable options include diced carrots, celery, peas, and green beans.
  • Cheese: Shred it from a block if possible, it will melt and taste much better than packaged shredded cheese. Cracker Barrel Extra Sharp Yellow Cheese melts very well.
  • Other cheese options include cheddar jack, mozzarella, and smoked gouda. A combination of different kinds of these cheeses may also be used. 
  • For different variations, be sure to try my Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole, Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole, One Pot Sausage and Rice Casserole, and Ground Beef and Rice Casserole!

Storage:
  • Store in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months. This freezes and reheats very well, it's one of my favorite freezer meals! 

Make Ahead Method:
  • Assemble as outlined but don't add Ritz topping.
  • Cover and refrigerate until ready to bake. (You can also freeze it and let it thaw for 24 hours prior to following the remaining steps below.)
  • If possible, let it sit at room temperature for 30 minutes prior to baking.
  • Add an additional 25 minutes of covered baking time, until the cheese is melted and the dish is hot. Add Ritz topping and bake for 10-15 more minutes, uncovered.

Nutrition

Calories: 518kcal, Carbohydrates: 31g, Protein: 22g, Fat: 34g, Saturated Fat: 18g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 94mg, Sodium: 1618mg, Potassium: 462mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 5g, Vitamin A: 1063IU, Vitamin C: 35mg, Calcium: 384mg, Iron: 2mg
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433 comments on “Ham Casserole with Broccoli and Rice”

  1. Loved this quick and easy recipe! I used leftover ham and cooked rice and used leftover steamed green beans per your variation suggestions. I doubled the ham and it still worked just fine! Also topped it with crushed potato chips mixed with the butter. All in all, it was a fabulous way to repurpose leftovers and my whole family loved it!

  2. Delicious! Wouldn’t change a thing. Doubled it and it made a huge casserole.

  3. I hate to have half a container of sour cream left over (it comes in a 1-cup carton). Is there a way to either use 1 cup of sour cream, or substitute buttermilk instead of the sour cream? Thanks for your help.

    • Hi BLT, you could use a full cup of sour cream if you prefer, I prefer the recipe as written and do not recommend buttermilk as a substitute for sour cream, as it’s thinner in consistency.

  4. What changes would I need to make if using cauliflower rice?

    • Hi Sherry! While I haven’t personally made this with cauliflower rice, readers successfully have. I did have one reader note this: “I used 2 1/4 cups of fresh cauliflower rice (it doesn’t expand like the long grain rice) and 2 cups of chicken broth.” I would try to take into account the cooking instructions on the package of rice and prepare it with or without chicken broth, then combine with the other casserole ingredients (including broccoli that’s already steamed), and then bake as outlined! I hope that helps!

  5. I have used the original recipe and I liked it — different directions for stovetop versus oven baked — my oven is not working and I would like to see the original post — from september 2019 — how can i do that?

    • Hi Colleen! Sorry for the delay…we are having some power outage issues over my way. For a One Pot method, cook the rice for 18 minutes instead of 15 and add the broccoli during the last 7 minutes. Stir in the remaining ingredients as outlined in the recipe, top with cheese, and close the lid for 10 minutes or until the cheese is completely melted. (Optional- top with ritz cracker mixture and bake at 350 for 10 minutes uncovered) 😊

  6. This recipe puts the G in good… excellent

  7. Can this be frozen?

  8. This recipe is a keeper. Did not change a thing. My picky 7 year old grandson said it was “Delicious GG”.
    Thanks for sharing

  9. ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS! Made exactly how the recipe reads and it was a HIT with the Family! Adding to rotation. Thank-you for another AWESOME Recipe!

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