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Ham and Rice Casserole

December 26, 2020

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A creamy sauce with rice, ham and peas makes a delicious dinner dish. This ham and rice casserole is a perfect recipe for using up leftover ham.

A plate filled with a rice and ham casserole with a green salad next to the casserole.

This ham and rice casserole is such a delicious dish! It’s filled with rice, ham and peas all wrapped up in a creamy sauce and topped with a crunchy parmesan topping. Use leftover ham, or purchase a ham just for making this dish.

This ham casserole is very similar to my chicken and rice casserole and it also reminds me of ham tetrazzini. However, you could eat each of these casseroles three days in a row and you wouldn’t feel like you ate the same thing. They are different enough for each to be their own.

A rice casserole with ham and peas on a white plate.

Key ingredients

A complete list of ingredients and measurements can be found below. Just scroll to the bottom!

  • Rice – I used long grain rice, but you could also use jasmine rice, brown rice or a wild rice mix. Precook your rice prior to adding to casserole
  • Ham – Cut into small cubes
  • Peas – Frozen peas work great in this dish
  • Parmesan Cheese – It’s mixed into the sauce and added to the topping
  • Panko Bread Crumbs – Gives the topping a bit of an extra crunch
  • Chicken Broth – Homemade or store bought
  • Milk – Helps make the sauce rich and creamy
Small bowls filled with frozen peas, ham, rice, bread crumbs and seasonings.

Steps to make casserole

A complete list of instructions is available below! Just scroll to the bottom!

  • Place butter and flour together in a pan over medium heat. Stir for 1-2 minutes
  • Whisk in chicken broth and milk. Continue whisking until mixture begins to thicken
  • Add sherry, dijon, pepper and 1/4 cup of parmesan cheese. Whisk until fully combined.
  • Turn off heat and add chopped ham, peas and rice. Stir gently to combine all ingredients.
  • Place in a greased casserole dish (I used an 11 x 7 inch dish)
  • Make the topping by placing panko crumbs, melted butter and remaining parmesan in a bowl. Stir just until combined.
  • Sprinkle topping over casserole
  • Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 40 minutes until browned and bubbly
  • Let rest for 10 minutes before serving

Substitutions and Variations

  • Use leftover turkey or chicken in place of the ham
  • Add steamed broccoli or cooked asparagus instead of the peas
  • If you like a creamier casserole, increase the flour to 1/3 cup and increase the milk to 2 cups of milk
  • Add chopped garlic along with the butter and flour at the beginning
  • Sautee mushrooms and add along with the peas
A baked casserole with a golden topping in a glass dish.

Frequently asked questions

Can I make ahead of time?

Yes, this casserole can be made ahead of time. When all ingredients have been added to the casserole dish, cover and refrigerate. To bake, remove covering and bake as directed. Increase baking time by 10-15 minutes.

Can I freeze this casserole?

Yes, this ham casserole can be frozen either prior to baking or after fully baked. If unbaked, thaw first and then bake according to directions. If fully baked prior to freezing, allow casserole to fully thaw. Cover with foil and bake for 20-30 minutes until heated through.

More leftover ham recipes

If you have leftover ham, you’ll also want to try these recipes:

Ham, rice and pea casserole on a plate with a salad.

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A plate filled with a rice and ham casserole with a green salad next to the casserole.

Ham and Rice Casserole

Kathy
A creamy casserole made with rice, ham and peas and topped with a crunchy panko topping.
5 from 16 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Resting time 10 mins
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 6 people
Calories 510 kcal

Ingredients
  

Casserole

  • 3 cups cooked rice
  • 3 cups ham (cubed)
  • 1 ½ cups frozen peas
  • ¼ cup butter
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 ½ cups milk
  • 1 tablespoon sherry (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper
  • teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ cup shredded parmesan cheese

Topping

  • ¾ cup panko bread crumbs
  • ¼ cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon butter (melted)

Instructions
 

Casserole

  • Place butter and flour together in a pan over medium heat. Stir for 1-2 minutes
  • Whisk in chicken broth and milk. Continue whisking until mixture begins to thicken
  • Add sherry, dijon, pepper, nutmeg and 1/4 cup of parmesan cheese. Whisk until fully combined.
  • Turn off heat and add chopped ham, peas and rice. Stir gently to combine all ingredients.
  • Place in a greased casserole dish (I used an 11 x 7 inch dish)

Topping

  • Add panko crumbs, melted butter and remaining parmesan in a bowl. Stir just until combined.
  • Sprinkle topping over casserole
  • Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 40 minutes until browned and bubbly
  • Let rest for 10 minutes before serving

Notes

  • Salt has not been added to this recipe. The ham and parmesan cheese add a lot of salt to the dish. Taste mixture before adding to casserole dish and add salt if you think it’s needed.
  • If you like a creamier casserole, increase the flour to 1/3 cup and increase the milk to 2 cups of milk
  • To make ahead of time, cover and refrigerate casserole dish after assembled. To bake, remove covering and bake as directed. Increase baking time by 10-15 minutes.

Nutrition

Serving: 2cupsCalories: 510kcalCarbohydrates: 40gProtein: 26gFat: 26gSaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 81mgSodium: 1285mgPotassium: 443mgFiber: 3gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 736IUVitamin C: 17mgCalcium: 208mgIron: 2mg
Keyword Ham Casserole, ham, rice and peas casserole, leftover ham recie
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10 Comments

  • Reply
    David @ Spiced
    January 3, 2021 at 11:54 am

    5 stars
    This sounds like an awesome comfort food meal, Kathy! We actually have a smoked ham in the freezer right now – it was on super sale after Christmas, and I couldn’t help but grab one. Now I know how to use it! Happy New Year to you and your family, my friend!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      January 3, 2021 at 1:02 pm

      Hi David,
      Grabbing an extra ham when on sale is a smart idea! Now you can have it on hand for so many great meals!
      Happy New Year to you!!! 🙂

  • Reply
    Cathy P
    December 28, 2020 at 9:50 am

    Making this tonight with leftover Christmas ham. Will add the extra flour and milk.

    • Reply
      Kathy
      December 28, 2020 at 11:54 am

      Extra creaminess is always a good thing!
      Enjoy 🙂

      • Reply
        Cathy Perez
        December 30, 2020 at 10:11 am

        5 stars
        Hi Kathy, I made this casserole last night and it was delicious. I did make it extra creamy by using a whole can of evaporated milk because that’s what I had in my pantry (we don’t drink much regular milk in my house). I also used vegetable stock because that’s what I had open in the fridge. I topped mine with shredded extra sharp cheddar cheese and then the panko bread crumbs. I like that this recipe is so adaptable and not only can I use up my leftover Christmas ham, I can also use up bits of “this & that” in the refrigerator. I’m happy I found your site. I look forward to getting more recipes here. Happy New Year from Portland, Oregon.

        • Reply
          Kathy
          December 30, 2020 at 10:32 am

          I love that this can be made with different variations. Nice job on using up what you have on hand – I’m sure there are others who can follow your example. Thanks so much for your kind comment!
          Kathy 🙂

  • Reply
    Kathy Kunemund
    December 27, 2020 at 5:28 pm

    I didn’t know what else to do with the leftover Christmas ham, until I came across this recipe. It was awesome! Everyone loved it. I liked the fact that all of the ingredients were already in my pantry. I didn’t have to run out and pick up some soup to complete it. The sherry was a nice touch as well. 🙂

    • Reply
      Kathy
      December 28, 2020 at 3:24 am

      I’m so glad you loved it! It can be hard to keep coming up with creative ideas with leftovers! Thanks for leaving such a great comment!

  • Reply
    [email protected]
    December 27, 2020 at 8:38 am

    Can’t wait to make this and the variations!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      December 27, 2020 at 8:40 am

      Enjoy! 🙂

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