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Slow-Cooked Ham 'n' Broccoli Recipe

Slow-Cooked Ham 'n' Broccoli Recipe

This sensational dish is so wonderful to come home to, especially on a cool fall or winter day. It's a delicious way to use up leftover holiday ham, too.—Jill Pennington, Jacksonville, Florida
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 2 hours + standing YIELD:6-8 servings


  • 3 cups cubed fully cooked ham
  • 3 cups frozen chopped broccoli, thawed
  • 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
  • 1 jar (8 ounces) process cheese sauce
  • 1 can (8 ounces) sliced water chestnuts, drained
  • 1-1/4 cups uncooked instant rice
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 1 celery rib, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika


  • 1. In a 3-qt. slow cooker, combine the first 10 ingredients. Cover and cook on high for 2-3 hours or until the rice is tender. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving. Sprinkle with paprika. Yield: 6-8 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 cup equals 300 calories, 13 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 51 mg cholesterol, 1,434 mg sodium, 28 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 17 g protein.

Reviews for Slow-Cooked Ham 'n' Broccoli

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Reviewed Jan. 24, 2015

"I'm always looking for good slow-cooker recipes. My family isn't usually impressed by them, but this one was pretty good! I used a can of cheese soup because the jars of processed cheese sauce seemed to be hiding from me in the grocery store that day."

Reviewed Dec. 11, 2014

"My husband liked this and that should give it a five, but,, I changed some things for his taste and to suit what I had on hand. First of all, I used about a quarter cup of parmesan instead of the cheese sauce. Dropped the chestnuts because I didn't have any, and switched to instant brown rice cause I didn't have white. My husband doesn't eat brown rice. He never guessed. It held its texture well. I also used turkey ham instead of ham. We like the taste, texture and price better. I just dumped a bag of frozen broccoli florets in and cooked on low all day. We all ate plenty and my husband made favorable comments, which is like getting a culinary award at my house!"

Reviewed Sep. 21, 2013

"I liked this recipe, I love slow cooker recipes. Instead of using jarred cheddar, I substituted cheddar cheese soup, it was still pretty good. It would be fun to experiment with other soups, veggies and meat."

Reviewed Jan. 9, 2012

"This recipe was really good. I didn't have any ham, so I used fajita chicken and a jar of Tostitos smooth and flavored dip."

Reviewed Jul. 27, 2011

"I love this recipe. I omit Ham, Water Chestnuts, Celery, Pepper and Paprika. I also put in 4 cups of broccoli florets. I can't find any other "jar" of cheese sauce other then Ragu double cheddar, so I use 1 cup of that."

Reviewed Jul. 17, 2011

"This is a great recipe that my family enjoys! If you worried about Sodium....use ingredients that you can substitute! Been making this for awhile and it's good comfort food!"

Reviewed Jul. 17, 2011

"This is a recipe my entire family enjoys...if you are worried about the sodium...then there are ways to reduce that! Practically you can substitute the ingredients with others......taste good and it's a comfort food!"

Reviewed Dec. 21, 2010

"My family loved this recipe. I used Velveeta instead of the stuff in a jar, and eliminated the water chestnuts. I also cooked it on low for one hour while the broccoli thawed, then added the broccoli, cooked it on high for an hour and a half, then low for another hour. It turned out perfect with the veggies crisp and the rice tender."

Reviewed Dec. 20, 2010

"Well, I for one thought it was delicious! Food is supposed to be FUN! If you don't like all the sodium then use lower sodium ingredients. Almost everyone makes low-sodium versions of "staples" like cream of mushroom soup, etc. And cut the salt you use for the rest of the day. Maybe have fruit for breakfast or something. Because stressing out over a little Cheez Whiz has to be worse for you than the Cheez itself!"

Reviewed Dec. 16, 2010

"This recipe is so overloaded with sodium! You have ham, condensed cream of mushroom, processed cheese, and the sodium in the water chesnuts liquid. I don't know how Taste of Home let such an unhealthy mix of ingredients like these be called a recipe. I gave it 1 star because it was equivilant to a 'poor' rating."

Reviewed Mar. 30, 2010

"UGH! Processed cheese should be banned. Cream of mushroom soup has toooooo much sodium. Make your own and use fresh mushrooms. Water chestnuts do not belong in this recipe. Really, Taste of home you missed the mark this time. I only gave it one star because I was required to."

Reviewed Mar. 22, 2010

"One serving of this recipe is more than half the daily recommended allowance of sodium. Using low sodium soup and low sodium cheese rather than the jarred would help cut down on the sodium. Rinsing the water chestnuts would also help.


Reviewed Aug. 5, 2009

"Tasted good, but I think the broccoli should be added toward the end, mine was too mushy."

Reviewed Mar. 1, 2009

"This is a great recipe and I will be making this one again. I did not cook it in my slow cooker. I just cooked it on the stove top! It was cooked in no time at all. Next time I am going to add some grilled chicken instead of change it up a little :)"

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