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Ham Cheese Pasta Casserole

Ham cheese pasta casserole combines easy ingredients to make an all-in-one dinner.

Fresh pasta is combined with chopped ham, broccoli, bell pepper, all tossed in a creamy dressing and topped with cheese and croutons.

This is an easy casserole recipe that’s perfect for busy weeknights. Serve with a side salad for a well-rounded dinner!

Ham cheese pasta casserole in a glass dish with small bowls of ingredients and a spoon surrounding it.

A Filling Casserole Recipe

  • This is an easy way to use up any leftover ham from previous dinners.
  • Use any combination of your favorite vegetables. This version keeps things simple with three easy additions.
  • To save time, prep your pasta the night before and use the leftovers for this meal!
  • The sauce is light and flavorful with just a few simple ingredients you probably already have.
  • Leftovers store well in the fridge and make for great lunches!
Ingredients to make the recipe including a bowl of pasta, bowl of broccoli, red bell pepper, cheese, ham, mayo and spices.

Recipe Ingredients

I love easy all-in-one casseroles because they take the fuss out of dinner!

HAM: Cooked ham is easy to add to any casserole – especially if you have leftovers and don’t know what to do with them. You’ll need 1 ½ cups of chopped cooked ham for this recipe.

PASTA: This recipe uses spiral pasta, but you can use any style of short pasta noodles that you have on hand. For example, macaroni, bowtie and penne would also work great.

VEGETABLES: Soft vegetables like bell pepper, green onions, and broccoli work best for this quick casserole. Feel free to use frozen veggies to save time. No need to thaw, just add straight to the casserole and bake.

SAUCE: An easy sauce of mayonnaise, milk and various spices adds just enough creaminess without being too overwhelming.

TOPPINGS: Croutons and shredded cheddar top the casserole for the perfect crunch. Croutons are optional but we really like to add them in our house! You could also try sprinkling a bit of breadcrumb or panko crumbs.

Variations

Ham and broccoli casserole is easy to change up and add variety to. Replace the vegetables with a bag of frozen ones – try using 3 cups worth. You can also substitute with fresh cauliflower, zucchini, olives, and anything pickled.

Cheese can be replaced with mozzarella, Monterey jack or parmesan.

Ham can be replaced with shredded chicken from leftovers or a storebought rotisserie chicken, canned tuna or ground beef.

Four images grouped together showing steps to make the recipe. Bowl with all ingredients dumped in. Casserole dish with ingredients packed in and spatula. Cheese and croutons sprinkled on top of dish. Baked finished recipe with spoon inside and bowl of chopped ham in corner.

How To Make Ham Cheese Pasta Casserole

Casserole recipes are perfect for hungry families because they’re so easy to put together.

  1. Cook the pasta according to package.
  2. Add all ingredients to a large bowl according to the recipe below.
  3. Pour into casserole dish, top with croutons and shredded cheese.
  4. Bake, then serve. Add your favorite fresh toppings.

Toppings

Feel free to add any of your favorite fresh toppings like hot sauce, ketchup, barbecue sauce and honey mustard.

Close up of spoon digging into casserole with croutons, cheese and spiral pasta.

Recipe Tips

  • Try using brown rice pasta for an easy gluten-free pasta alternative. This is our favorite style of pasta in our household. It’s also what I used in this recipe.
  • Cook extra pasta the night before and use leftovers for this recipe. This will cut down on prep time.
  • Lightly spray the casserole dish with non-stick cooking spray to avoid ingredients sticking to the dish. This makes it easier to serve and clean up.
  • Stretch out your meat by using half of a ham for this recipe and the rest in ham and bean soup.
  • Swap out the croutons for something crunchy like crushed tortilla chips, crushed crackers or panko crumbs.
  • Serve with your family’s favorite sauces on the table. Hot sauce, barbecue sauce, ketchup and honey mustard would all be great. That way they can customize on their own.
Small bowl with casserole ingredients and casserole dish blurred in background.

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Ham Casserole

Fresh pasta is combined with chopped ham, broccoli and bell pepper, all tossed in a creamy dressing and topped with cheese and croutons.
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Prep Time: 12 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 42 minutes
Servings: 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cooked spiral pasta noodles
  • 2 cups broccoli florets - chopped small
  • 1 ½ cups chopped ham
  • 1 ½ cups grated cheddar cheese - ½ cup filling, 1 cup topping
  • 1 cup chopped bell pepper
  • 2 green onions - chopped
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp ground pepper
  • 1 cup croutons - optional

Instructions

  • Cook the pasta according to instructions on the side of the package. Drain and rinse. Set aside.
    Strainer with pasta noodles.
  • Lightly spray a casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
    Casserole with cooking spray.
  • Add cooked pasta, broccoli, ham, ½ cup shredded cheese, bell pepper, green onion, mayonnaise, milk, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper to a large bowl. Mix together thoroughly.
    Large bowl with all ingredients dumped for recipe dumped inside.
  • Pour mixture into casserole dish. Top with croutons and sprinkled cheese.
    Two images: First with pasta filling in casserole dish, second with cheese and croutons sprinkled on top.
  • Bake for 30 minutes. Serve with your favorite toppings and enjoy!
    Finished cooked casserole in a glass dish with spoon.

Recipe Notes:

  • Ham can be replaced with shredded chicken from leftovers or a storebought rotisserie chicken, canned tuna or ground beef.
  • Cheese can be replaced with mozzarella, Monterey jack or parmesan.
  • Substitute veggies with 3 cups frozen veggies to save time.
  • Swap out the croutons for something crunchy like crushed tortilla chips, crushed crackers or panko crumbs.
  • Feel free to add any of your favorite fresh toppings like hot sauce, ketchup, barbecue sauce and honey mustard.
Nutrition
Calories: 432kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 51mg | Sodium: 952mg | Potassium: 337mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1307IU | Vitamin C: 60mg | Calcium: 243mg | Iron: 2mg

Please note these nutritional values provided above are just an estimate. Actual numbers will vary based on brands and ingredients you choose, and your preferred portion sizes.

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