Cheesy Leftover Ham and Rice Casserole

This Cheesy Leftover Ham and Rice Casserole recipe is a great way to use up some leftover Ham from the holidays! Plus you can easily substitute in leftover turkey or chicken too!

If you’re looking for some new recipes to use up that leftover ham, boy do I have a delicious dinner option for you.

This Cheesy Leftover Ham and Rice Casserole is so easy to make: all you do is toss everything together and bake!

This Cheesy Leftover Ham and Rice Casserole recipe is a great way to use up some leftover Ham from the holidays! Plus you can easily substitute in leftover turkey or chicken too!
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You know I super-dooper love casseroles.

Is that weird?

I especially love it when casserole recipes are as easy as this one. I had some leftover Ham and a bunch of uncooked rice in my pantry and this cheesy concoction came together.

This Cheesy Leftover Ham and Rice Casserole recipe is a great way to use up some leftover Ham from the holidays! Plus you can easily substitute in leftover turkey or chicken too!

I used the basic idea from the classic Campbell’s chicken and rice casserole, but tweaked it slightly.

Instead of cream of chicken soup, I used their cheddar soup. So not only does this casserole get topped with cheese, but the rice, ham and broccoli are also cooked in a cheesy soup mixture. It’s basically a cheese-lover’s dream.

And we all know how good cheese is for you! 🙂 (It’s all those nutrients from the milk)

This Cheesy Leftover Ham and Rice Casserole recipe is a great way to use up some leftover Ham from the holidays! Plus you can easily substitute in leftover turkey or chicken too!

No worries if you’re not a fan of Ham. This recipe is easily adaptable to be made with leftover turkey or rotisserie chicken.

You can add in sliced carrots, peas, cauliflower… basically, go crazy with it. Make it your own.

But first… definitely try out this ham, rice and broccoli combo. It’s killer.

This Cheesy Leftover Ham and Rice Casserole recipe is a great way to use up some leftover Ham from the holidays! Plus you can easily substitute in leftover turkey or chicken too!

It’s one of those comfort food recipes that you’ll be making over and over again.

This Cheesy Leftover Ham and Rice Casserole recipe is a great way to use up some leftover Ham from the holidays! Plus you can easily substitute in leftover turkey or chicken too!

My whole family loved this. I know yours will too!

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UPDATED RECIPE INSTRUCTIONS:

When you’re done baking the casserole for 60 minutes, there will be a layer of liquid on the top. This does NOT mean that the rice did not get cooked through. Simply remove the casserole from the oven, give it a good stir to mix in the liquid and fluff the rice. Top with cheese and finish baking.

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Cheesy Leftover Ham and Rice Casserole with Broccoli

This Cheesy Leftover Ham and Rice Casserole recipe is a great way to use up some leftover Ham from the holidays! Plus you can easily substitute in leftover turkey or chicken too!

  • Author: Shawn
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American
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Ingredients

  • 2 (10 oz) cans Cheese Soup (found by the cream soups)
  • 2 and 2/3 cups water
  • 1 tsp Italian Seasoning
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups uncooked Jasmine rice
  • 3 cups broccoli florets (I used fresh, but you could substitute with frozen)
  • 2 cups chopped ham
  • 1 cup shredded colby jack cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl whisk together the soup, water, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Stir in the rice, broccoli and ham.
  3. Pour mixture into a 9″x13″ casserole dish. Cover tightly with foil. Bake for 55 to 60 minutes, or until the rice is tender. THE CASSEROLE WILL LOOK WATERY, BUT IT WILL BE COOKED! Stir the casserole to fluff the rice, then top with the shredded cheese. Bake for an additional 5 to 7 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly. Enjoy!

Notes

Use equal amounts leftover turkey or shredded chicken in lieu of the ham. If you’re not a fan of broccoli, try sliced carrots, cauliflower, peas and/or corn.

Keywords: cheesy, leftover, ham, rice, casserole, broccoli

About the author

Shawn is the Owner and Creator of I Wash You Dry. She loves to create and share simple, family-friendly recipes. Mom to 5 adorable children and dwells in the desert of Southern Utah.
167 Responses
  1. Rebecca Cribbs

    Made this last night and it was delicious! I have already shared it with 3 people. I couldn’t find the cheese soup so I used the broccoli cheese soup instead. Also, didn’t have Italian seasoning so I substituted it for 1/4 teaspoon hidden valley ranch seasoning. Despite reading some of the comments about the rice being undercooked I didn’t have any issues with it and thought the rice was cooked perfectly! I did use Jasmine rice and made sure I sealed the casserole dish as tight as possible with foil.

  2. Anne D

    I am making this now. I subbed homemade cheese sauce (bechamel + shredded cheese) for the soup and I added some green onion for flavor. I just put it in the oven so I’m crossing my fingers the rice cooks completely! I did cover it tightly with heavy duty foil.

  3. Randa Robison

    It was ok but next time I will not use Italian seasoning. I think real garlic and onions and marjoram and thyme would be better.

  4. Randa Robison

    I used instant jasmine rice and subbed 1 can of cream of chicken soup for…another can of cheese soup
    ..what I had…. am waiting to see what happens! Used frozen brocolli. I’ll let ya know!

  5. Gloria Malo

    I made this tonight. I used cream of chicken soup because that is what I had on hand. I did not have Colby cheese so I shred some cheddar I had. So, so delicious. I used jasmine rice and it took 60 minutes. My daughter thought it had too much garlic no one else complained.

  6. Emily

    Ended up needing more like an hour and half. But turned out well. Changed a few things – used brown rice instead of jasmine, and used cream of chicken bc that’s what I had on hand. Pretty tasty and easy casserole!

  7. Emily Mihocko-Bowling

    After an hour the rice was hard and it was watery like soup. I’m going to leave it in the oven longer and see how it goes. I used brown rice instead of jasmine rice and I’m wondering if that is why…

  8. Erica

    Easy and a good way to use up extra ham. I had no trouble at all with the rice being cooked, it was cooked all the way through in an hour.

  9. Christine

    I made this for my in-laws with leftover Christmas ham (and homemade cheese soup – found that recipe on Taste of Home – because I didn’t want to go to the store). It was so good! It got devoured and my brother in law asked for the recipe! I did sub peas for broccoli because that’s what I had on hand. I still didn’t want to go to the store. 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  10. Olivia

    The meal was really good when I baked it for 1 hr and 45 minutes. Prior to that the rice was hard and it was like soup. I almost gave up and put in a pizza, but I’m glad that I didn’t. I’ll just make sure that I start it sooner next time.

  11. BobbieJo

    Followed this recipe exactly as it says, even used jasmine rice, an hour in the oven and still rice is hard as uncooked rice…turned temp up to 375 and added 45 more minutes.
    Please added to your recipe notes that this recipe can take longer than an hour to cook…this could actually be a great crock pot recipe for a family to walk away from for hours so that the rice can cook.

    1. Honestly, I’m so confused why there are a few people having issues with their rice cooking? I make this all the time and never have an issue. I wonder if it has something to do with the type of casserole dish used? A thicker dish would be more insulated and take longer, while a glass or metal dish would probably be quicker to heat. I’ll have to test it with a few different pans to see.

      1. John N Butz

        I used a foil pan and it took an hour and a half to cook the rice. If I were to do it again I’d partially cook the rice first if I really wanted it to only take an hour.
        and, although it was ok, I found it very bland for my taste, so I’d probably add some sauteed onion and actual garlic rather than just garlic powder. Maybe some kind of mild chili too. It seems like a good ‘mother recipe’ you can really play around with

      2. Caroline Frei

        I used quick cook white rice and leftover Christmas Ham. I also subbed 1 can of cheese soup for cream of chicken. I only changed it because I had to use what I have. This was wonderful and a huge hit! My kids whine about my dinners most nights this time the kids loved it. Thank you! Maybe it’s the lovely weather we share here in Southern Utah. Go Ivins!

  12. Becca Miller

    Plan to make this soon and after reading the comments, I wonder if it could be altitude. Things like rice take longer to cook at higher altitudes. I’m at a high altitude so if i think about I will update what happened 🙂

  13. Person

    I decided to make this recipe despite the many bad comments. I didn’t have canned cheese soup but I had a block of cheddar cheese so I made 20oz of cheddar cheese soup as a substitute (which was delicious and I sort of regret using for this recipe) .I added 3 cups of broccoli but put it in the blender because that would have been about 4 massive pieces. So I might have added a bit extra broccoli than the recipe called for. For the ham I used leftover ham slices for sandwiches. I was not particularly worried if it takes additional time to cook because it’s a casserole and I can cook it at lunch time for dinner.

    So, The rice was 100% cooked after the time the recipe called for and there was no liquid at all. I didn’t really like the taste of the herbs and probably would omit them if I make again.

  14. Michele

    I’ve made this twice now and the rice cooks perfect. The 2nd time I left out the meat. I used 2 cans broccoli chz soup, chicken stock for water, a ranch packet , pepper, salt, garlic powder, broccoli, and cauliflower. I only used a cup of Jasmine rice so it would be creamier. My first time seemed kinda dry. Maybe all of the ones having issues are not using Jasmine or not covering with foil. I baked for 60 minutes, topped with cheese, and then broiled for a few minutes. I did find that fresh veggies cook better than frozen in this dish.

  15. Can I condensed cheese soup? If so should I follow the directions for milk as well as add the water this calls for? Seems it would be soupy but asking before I give it a go. Thanks!

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Shawn Syphus Hi, I'm Shawn and I'm a busy mom of five; pretending to live on a budget. I love to cook, and explore new recipes, but they have to be quick and easy with as few dishes as possible.

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