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
  • Category: Dinner

Ingredients

  • 2 (10oz) 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.[br]If you’re not a fan of broccoli, try sliced carrots, cauliflower, peas and/or corn.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 8
About the author

Shawn is the Owner and Creator of I Wash You Dry. She loves to create and share simple, family-friendly recipes with a bit of life sprinkled in. Mom to 4 adorable children and dwells in the desert of Southern Utah.
141 Responses
  1. 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.

  2. 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 🙂

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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 four; 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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