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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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.
171 Responses
  1. Linda

    Similar issue as everyone else. I wish I had read comments before making but my daughter actually picked this recipe. Cooked tonight for one hour. Rice wasn’t cooked at all and very soupy. It’s back in oven. I’ll check it in another 30-45 min.

    1. Camille

      I cooked in my pressure cooker using chicken in place of the ham. It was so good Will definetly make again.

      To cook in pressure cooker cook 5 min Manuel quick release. I layered it chicken cut into 1 in pieces, rice, liquid, broccoli, with the soup on top don’t stir till after its cooked. Then top with cheese at the end.

    2. Me and my husband tried this yesterday and it was not good at all. I assumed that it had to be the Italian seasoning, so I retried it omitting the Italian seasoning and it was delicious. I have no idea why that was even added, this is not an Italian dish.

  2. Ginger Oliveira

    Do you have nutritional information on this dish? Specifically calories, carbs, sodium and serving size. My husband is on a very restrictive diet and we must keep very close track of those things. I would of course make any adjustments possible but a starting point would be helpful! Thank you!

  3. Deb

    Tried this tonight. Cooked for an hour. Stirred and checked the rice. Still hard as a rock. Put back in oven for 30 min. Will check and let you know. Maybe should have used already cooked rice

  4. Joyce

    Followed this recipe exactly and I didn’t have a problem. Was one of the best casseroles I made yet so simple. The only difference I made was I used one can of broccoli cheese soup and regular cheese soup each instead of 2 cans of cheese soup. Turned out amazing.

  5. Elizabeth

    I was worried about cooking this due to so many people saying their rice wasn’t cooked. I realized I didn’t have any foil , so I just out the food in a Corning wear wish with the lid & it came out perfect. It was a little watery, but after letting it sit covered & mixing it a few times it turned out fine!

  6. Jennifer

    I think the problem people are having with the rice not cooking is it the ratio of water to rice is not correct … should always be two parts water to one part rice

  7. Jennifer

    I think the problem people are having with the rice not cooking is that it’s not the right equation it should be two parts water to one part rice this fall short just by one third cup of water

  8. Meg

    Cooking this now checked it at 50mins it was really watery letting it cook a bit longer I used frozen broccoli and instant rice not sure if that’s why it’s watery. Was thinking of mixing in some of the shredded cheese before sprinkling a little on top to maybe help thicken it up lol I don’t any ideas???

  9. Linda

    hi I always cook my rice in the oven and have never had a problem (I also cook my potatoes in water in the oven) I have waiting around for things to boil on the stove top LOL lazy cooker, but I don’t have to watch anything … making this tonight .. love ham, rice and cheese .. yum

  10. I tried this tonight, I baked for 60 minutes and it was nowhere near done, I put my oven on convection and cooked for another hour before it was actually finished cooking

  11. Emily Evans

    This is the worst recipe. I baked it as instructed for over an hour, and even turned up the heat to find the rice still crunchy! So I finally took it out of the over, dumped the contents into a Dutch oven, added water and boiled for an additional 20 minutes…and I’m still waiting for the rice to get soft!! Did anyone else have this problem???

  12. Susan Holton

    Hi Shawn. I used a box of Zatarain’s Cheddar Broccoli Rice. It cooks in 25 min. I browned crushed chips was topping for five min. at end of cook time. Thank you for your recipe idea! It’s delicious.

  13. Susan

    I used a box of Zatarain’s New Orleans Style Cheddar Broccoli Rice side dish. It’s gluten free and cooks in 25 minutes. I added melted butter and crushed chips for topping .. lightly browning the chips at end of cook time. Thanks for posting your recipe! I appreciate the help with using up my leftover ham.

  14. Debbie

    I made this tonight and I loved the broccoli, rice and cheese combination. Flavor was wonderful, but I would cook my rice before baking.. I cooked for 1 hour and 20 min. and it never got done. I think instant rice might work better than long grain rice.

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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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