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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.

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MizL User ID: 7093378 269707
Reviewed Jul. 19, 2017

"I find it hard to believe there are only 374 calories in a dish with 25 grams of fat. Seriously? And 1208mg of sodium??? The recommended amount per day is between 1500 mg (considered adequate intake) and 2300 mg (upper amount) for people 9 -50 years of age. So one cup of this ham dish is more than half of your daily recommended allowance. And all those grams of carbohydrates? Obviously, this is not a recipe for an overweight diabetic with high blood pressure. And, YES, it can be tweaked - but then it isn't the posted recipe, is it?"

sstetzel User ID: 158954 268242
Reviewed Jun. 22, 2017


Just put everything in the slow cooker, uncooked. Make your white sauce per instruction 3 and pour that over everything in the slow cooker, stir it to combine. You probably need 4 hours on high to cook the potatoes through but that's a guess on my part.
Hope that helps,
Sue Stetzel
Recipe Support Specialist
Taste of Home Magazine"

Lorelyn User ID: 9197612 268044
Reviewed Jun. 17, 2017

"Please tell me how to convert this to cooking in slow cooker. Will i need to add milk or cream soup?"

Appy_Girl User ID: 1132413 265851
Reviewed May. 11, 2017

"I'll take seconds. Super good and easy to make. Perfect for left overs. Even low carb conscious people can make this. Just sub Cauliflower for the Potatoes and use cornstarch instead of the flour. I also used Panko bread crumbs and reduced the amount down to 1/3 cup. Keeper in my books. I also used the same pan for the sauce that I used to saute the Ham and Veggies in. I will be making this one again.

Taste of Home Volunteer Field Editor."

PrplMonky5 User ID: 6612040 265616
Reviewed May. 6, 2017

"This reminded us of a potatoes au gratin. I used red potatoes & baby carrots (I just cut them in half). Instead of ham, I used precooked Polish Kielbasa, but only had 1.5C, so I added in a bit more carrots. Also instead of the soft bread crumbs, I used dry Italian bread crumbs. After it was done baking, I put it under the broiler for a couple minutes to really toast the bread crumbs. We both agreed that this dish is good, but not amazing. We may make this again with a few tweaks to spice it up."

habenaroman User ID: 7905288 259495
Reviewed Jan. 10, 2017

"Very good."

Summy User ID: 1386846 242139
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."

lindawalsh120 User ID: 8693461 241564
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"

GoodyQueen User ID: 6208519 232515
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!!!"

Julie_aaron99 User ID: 8279888 222028
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)"

jetchick24 User ID: 3139822 216827
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!"

realdad User ID: 8110010 68975
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."

suesam User ID: 1213393 76461
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!"

jgbex1 User ID: 5795516 39334
Reviewed Apr. 17, 2014

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

wrenjen523 User ID: 7407554 31864
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."

calteri User ID: 7420403 203492
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."

Dhkoenig User ID: 7401370 31863
Reviewed Sep. 9, 2013

"Question - can I freeze this? Thanks"

easteregg User ID: 3572085 26488
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."

SassyLacey User ID: 4962891 76334
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."

[email protected] User ID: 7057089 84614
Reviewed Dec. 26, 2012

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

Beckythebarber User ID: 6988440 68974
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."

peweed User ID: 6997370 31859
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."

msvsheppard User ID: 6909057 76327
Reviewed Oct. 9, 2012

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

blhenn User ID: 5747906 203491
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."

Teinerfl User ID: 5153460 76424
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!"

1275 User ID: 6324211 27498
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!"

acooley1 User ID: 62623 22421
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."

LorettaHei User ID: 6424770 203490
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."

scrappy16 User ID: 4782830 76423
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!"

jmkasprak User ID: 2880256 203489
Reviewed Aug. 29, 2011

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

skymom747 User ID: 1717371 31858
Reviewed Apr. 26, 2011

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

trixiejo302 User ID: 1553155 68954
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."

d2check User ID: 2092246 29541
Reviewed Jan. 2, 2011 Edited Apr. 18, 2017

"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. I made it with swiss cheese and it was excellent"

cee-jay User ID: 1579946 72371
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."

ctvgirl User ID: 1192630 76421
Reviewed Apr. 29, 2010

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

teri396 User ID: 3790128 72369
Reviewed Feb. 7, 2010

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

seymour350 User ID: 3604255 39281
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"

Redsoxgirl71 User ID: 1478627 22406
Reviewed Jun. 20, 2009

"This one is a family favorite!"

texasteacher2 User ID: 428463 203488
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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