Also A Great Way To Use Leftover Ham
You’ll Love This Ham Noodle Casserole
This ham noodle casserole ticks all the boxes! Easy, check! Full of flavor, check! Comfort food, check! Reheats well, check! I bought a package of Farmland Diced Ham on my last visit to the grocery store to find a quick and easy weeknight dinner recipe or two. This lean and tender diced Ham is a time-saver and a workhorse.
We’re heading into an extra busy stretch around here because we’re getting ready for a fall event on our property, including an antique show! We want our landscaping to look nice, and I’m working on some florals and crafts to sell, so for now, I want everything I make to be quick, tasty, and not involve doing a lot of dishes!
Here’s What You’ll Need To Make It
Diced Ham, either packaged or use up leftover Ham
How To Make Ham Noodle Casserole
Boil an eight-ounce package of egg noodles in salted water as directed on the package. When done, rinse and drain the noodles to remove any extra starch that can make them sticky.
Put the noodles in a casserole dish you have greased or treated with a non-stick spray like Pam. Combine the mushroom soup, sour cream, garlic powder, onion powder, and milk in a small bowl. Pour that over the cooked noodles.
Put the diced Ham on top of the noodles, too.
Grate 2 cups of cheddar cheese. I always suggest grating cheese from a block because it melts much more evenly than shredded cheese from a bag. Shredded cheese in a bag is coated with something that keeps the shreds from sticking together but inhibits smooth melting. It can also dry out your other ingredients because of the coating.
Put all but about a half cup of shredded cheese on top of the noodles and stir all the ingredients together until they’re blended evenly. Now, dot the top with butter.
Top with the remaining cheese and some parsley for color if you like! I ALWAYS have to have some parsley; it’s a thing with me!
Finally, lightly cover the casserole with foil (hint: spray it with non-stick spray before using it to cover the dish), and bake for about 40 minutes at 350 degrees.
This ham noodle casserole recipe was a hit with Papa Steve; the flavor is excellent and makes a pretty good-sized casserole! Lucky for us, we found that it reheated exceptionally well in the microwave. The two of us eat a lot of what I call PLAN-overs because while I love to cook, I love a good cook-once-eat-twice recipe!
I think that might be our favorite thing about soup season! Papa always helps with dishes, so he’s a fan, too!
What To Eat With Ham Noodle Casserole
All you really need to accompany this dish is a green vegetable like broccoli, peas, or our favorite, French-cut green beans! I always heat them in the microwave, then drain them and drizzle them with olive oil and a sprinkle of kosher salt. Next to fresh green beans, these are our favorite vegetable.
Toasted garlic bread or a crusty loaf of my 60-minute French bread would pair nicely, too!
Fall and back-to-school mean a busy schedule, meals at home, and comfort food. This yummy Ham and noodle casserole ticks all the boxes. We hope you’ll try it soon.
Questions I often get asked about this recipe:
Q: What type of noodles should I use?
A: You can use any type of noodles you like, but egg noodles are a classic choice for this dish. Other good options include macaroni, penne, or rotini noodles.
Q: How much ham should I use?
A: The amount of ham you use is up to you, but I recommend using about 1 pound of cooked ham, diced.
Q: What type of cheese should I use?
A: I like to use a combination of cheddar and mozzarella cheese for this casserole, but you can use any type of cheese you like. Other good options include Monterey Jack, Swiss, or Gruyère cheese.
Q: Do I need to precook the noodles?
A: Yes, you will need to precook the noodles according to package directions. If you are using egg noodles, you can cook them until they are al dente, or slightly firm to the bite.
Q: Can I make this casserole ahead of time?
A: Yes, you can make this casserole ahead of time and assemble it up to 24 hours before baking. Simply cover the assembled casserole and refrigerate it until ready to bake.
Q: How do I store leftovers?
A: Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Q: Can I freeze this casserole?
A: Yes, you can freeze this casserole for up to 3 months. Simply assemble the casserole as directed, but do not bake it. Cover the casserole and freeze it until solid. When ready to bake, thaw the casserole overnight in the refrigerator and then bake it according to package directions.
Q: What can I serve with this casserole?
A: This casserole is a complete meal in itself, but you can serve it with a side salad or vegetables if desired. Some good options include green beans, broccoli, or carrots.
- One 8-ounce bag of egg noodles
- 2 cups diced cooked ham
- 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
- One 10.5-ounce can cream of mushroom soup
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 2 tablespoons butter
- Grease your casserole dish and pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
- Cook noodles in salted water according to package directions, then drain and rinse.
- Put the cooked noodles in the casserole dish.
- Grate 2 cups of cheddar cheese. Reserve 1/2 cup for topping.
- In a small bowl, combine the soup, milk, sour cream, garlic powder, onion powder and stir until it's well blended.
- Pour the soup mixture over the noodles.
- Put the diced ham and 1 1/2 cups of the cheese over the noodles.
- Stir to blend.
- Dot with butter.
- Top with reserved cheddar cheese.
- Spray foil with non-stick spray and cover the casserole loosely with it.
- Bake for 40 minutes, then uncover for a few minutes to let the cheese brown, if desired.
If you have leftover ham, you can dice it or chop it in a food processor. If you prefer a different kind of cheese, go for it! We used sharp cheddar. Add seasonings as you like, too- you may even want to add a little heat with Tobasco sauce or red pepper flakes! ENJOY!
You may also want to consider these other well-loved recipes. Easy One-Pot American Goulash, One-Pot Lasagna Soup, and Yummy Hamburger Pie. Search for loads more family-friendly recipes on our site, and we’d sure be tickled to hear if you try a recipe or two!