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Mother's Ham Casserole Recipe

Mother's Ham Casserole Recipe

One of my mother's favorite dishes, this recipe always brings back fond memories of her when I prepare it. It's a terrific use of leftover ham from a holiday dinner. Our five grandchildren are my favorite interest outside the kitchen!
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Bake: 25 min. YIELD:4-6 servings


  • 2 cups cubed peeled potatoes
  • 1 large carrot, sliced
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 cups cubed fully cooked ham
  • 2 tablespoons chopped green pepper
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped onion
  • 7 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 cups milk
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup soft bread crumbs


  • 1. In a saucepan, bring the potatoes, carrot, celery and water to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and cook about 15 minutes or until tender. Drain.
  • 2. In a large skillet, saute the ham, green pepper and onion in 3 tablespoons butter until tender. Add to the potato mixture. Transfer to a greased 1-1/2-qt. baking dish.
  • 3. In a large saucepan, melt the remaining butter; stir in flour until smooth. Gradually add the milk, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Reduce heat; add cheese and stir until melted.
  • 4. Pour over the ham mixture. Sprinkle with bread crumbs. Bake, uncovered, at 375° for 25-30 minutes or until heated through. Yield: 4-6 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 374 calories, 25g fat (15g saturated fat), 89mg cholesterol, 1208mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 2g fiber), 17g protein

Reviews for Mother's Ham Casserole

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Reviewed Jan. 20, 2016

"Best casserole I've ever tasted. It's not fancy, but it's delicious and comforting. I used orange bell pepper (because that's what I had on hand), and omitted the salt like another reviewer suggested. (It was plenty salty.) Instead of boiling the veggies, I roasted them in the oven. I used Mexican blend cheese (again, because that's what I had)/ All I can say is, "Wow!" I will definitely make this again."

Reviewed Jan. 11, 2016

"Very good. Next time I make it I plan to top it with stove top stuffing. A good winters evening supper"

Reviewed Sep. 8, 2015

"This is super yummy!! I didn't have celery and had a red bell pepper instead of green. Other than that, followed the recipe and this came out fantastic!! The pepper gives it a different taste than usual ham leftover recipes. This is a keeper!!!"

Reviewed Mar. 4, 2015

"This was really good. Reminded me of a hearty potato soup. While I was making I thought it was a lot of trouble and a lot of dishes but totally worth it. Amazing! (Oh I skipped the green peppers and added broccoli)"

Reviewed Jan. 3, 2015

"This is a great meal to eat on a cold day with left over ham! I cut back on the butter as well and added an extra carrot. I used the bread crumbs but I think that French's Onions, crushed potatoe chips or crushed butter crackers would also be good. I will definitely make this again!"

Reviewed Nov. 19, 2014

"Perfect for a cold autumn supper! I tweaked the ingredients a bit using a bit more celery, carrots and onions. I seasoned based on tasting as the saltiness or ham varied."

Reviewed Nov. 14, 2014

"Loved this dish!! Great flavor. Anyone that didn't like this dish, must have accidently left something out, or changed the recipe. This recipe is a keeper!"

Reviewed Apr. 17, 2014

"I liked it. I added some left over peas that I had. I actually liked it better the next day."

Reviewed Oct. 13, 2013

"Nothing special, and I wish it had had a casserole dish size, because I grabbed the wrong casserole dish trying to make it a 9x13, too big a pan. Just really nothing special, and I don't even know if I want a lunch this week. Done with this recipe now, and I don't have to make it again if I don't want to. I don't plan to, too much work for not enough pay off."

Reviewed Sep. 25, 2013

"This was great. Fixed as recipe, except micro'd the veggies instead of boiling. Next time, I'll try cutting down on the butter. Hope it won't change the taste too much."

Reviewed Sep. 9, 2013

"Question - can I freeze this? Thanks"

Reviewed May. 20, 2013

"Husband that does not like scalloped potatoes and ham, LOVED this dish.

I did use sharp cheddar cheese, onion powder and left out the celery. It was terrific with fresh biscuits."

Reviewed Apr. 3, 2013

"I cut this recipe in half for 2 of us. I did not have potatoes so I used 1 1/2 cup frozen hash browns thawed. I used 1 grated carrot, 1 celery rib, and 1 1/4 C. ham and sauteed those in the butter. I then added 1/2 half cup thawed frozen corn & 1/2 cup thawed frozen peas & sauteed a couple of minutes. Did everything else exactly with half the amounts; thinned the cheese w/a little milk. Used Ritz crackers on top as one reviewer suggested. Served with a salad & Bread. Easy complete meal and we both loved it. Had left overs for the next night too. Definitely a keeper for my left over ham from now on."

Reviewed Dec. 26, 2012

"Just baking a ham tonight...this will be part of the leftovers for sure!!!"

Reviewed Dec. 26, 2012

"I wanted to try some dish with leftover ham, and this recipe popped up. I had all the ingredients on hand and followed the directions. The flavor was nice. The consistency was a tad thin. And the only suggestion my husband gave was substituting egg noodles for the potatoes. This was nice though."

Reviewed Nov. 28, 2012

"Yummy! Ham pot pie! I used sharp cheddar and more veggies than called for. I seasoned as I went along.I don't think seasoning only the cheese sauce is enough. I also added a bit of cayenne pepper to the cheese sauce. I did not have bread crumbs so I crumbled Ritz crackers on top. Even my husband liked it and he doesn't like cheese. The cheese sauce mixed with the potatoes and turned into more of a gravy."

Reviewed Oct. 9, 2012

"My family ate this up even though they were hesitant to try a "casserol"... even went for seconds."

Reviewed Jul. 27, 2012

"This was so good. It was great comfort food. I made it exactly as directed and everyone in the family and the in-laws all loved it, too include a 4 year old."

Reviewed Jul. 17, 2012

"I thought this was really good and fairly husband loved it too. I may leave out the celery (and I left out the green pepper). I too cut way down on the butter and it was still great!"

Reviewed Jun. 15, 2012

"Very yummy casserole.... we loved the cheesy sauce and classic flavor. I didn't make any alternations except leaving out the green pepper because I had none. Very good way to use up leftover ham in a way the whole family will enjoy!"

Reviewed Apr. 6, 2012

"Very good- sauce was thick so I added a little more milk to it. I cut down on the amount of butter, too, by about 2 1/2 tablespoons and didn't notice any deficiency in flavor. This was well-received by my family. I will make it again for sure."

Reviewed Dec. 27, 2011

"Hot, creamy comfort food! Cheesy potatoes and savory ham melts in your mouth. I thinned the sauce with extra milk. This is my new favorite way to use up leftover ham. Very satisfying."

Reviewed Dec. 17, 2011

"This was the best tasting ham casserole I have ever tasted. My family agreed by eating the whole thing up and asking for more. I doubled the recipe, used 1 large sweet potato and 1 large russet, left out the celery and used oat flour instead of wheat and it turned out perfect. Made it again for a pot luck and the dish was wiped clean. That in itself should tell you how good this casserole is. I will definitely make it again and I might try using chicken next time, which I think would be just as tasty. Enjoy!"

Reviewed Aug. 29, 2011

"This casserole is what I would call comfort food. We really enjoyed it, and I wouldn't change a thing."

Reviewed Apr. 26, 2011

"so easy, and so delicious. a great way to use up leftover ham"

Reviewed Jan. 10, 2011

"I have made this multiple times since I found the recipe and it is terrific every time. The sauce gets a little too thick for my tastes when you follow the directions exactly, so after I have cooked the sauce and melted the cheese, I just stir in some extra milk to thin it out some. This is a new family favorite."

Reviewed Jan. 2, 2011

"This is a great casserole for leftover ham. The sauce is thicker, but there is enough of it, and it makes the casserole oh so creamy. I plan to make it again for my son to take back to college, and I will double it for a 9 x 13. Thanks for a great recipe."

Reviewed Nov. 3, 2010

"I used sweet potatoes from the garden to make this casserole. My husband and I both enjoyed the results. It's a keeper and I plan to make again."

Reviewed Apr. 29, 2010

"Made it for the first time tonight. We loved it! Will definately make it again."

Reviewed Feb. 7, 2010

"this very good, but next time I would thin the sauce a bit. Would make a great brunch."

Reviewed Jan. 15, 2010

"This is the best casserole that I have ever made. There were NO leftovers. Everyone really loved it. Thanks for the great recipe"

Reviewed Jun. 20, 2009

"This one is a family favorite!"

Reviewed Dec. 29, 2008

"I made it to use up leftover Christmas ham. It is a "keeper." I doubled it so that I would have enough for another meal. much for that idea. It was all eaten the first time."

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