Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Ham & Broccoli Casserole

This recipe is one of the oldest ones I have- as in, I specifically remember eating it when I was a kid. Growing up, broccoli was my "most tolerated" vegetable, so I was much happier to be served this than other dinners (that included things like corn, which everyone else liked and I hated). It's a pretty flexible meal, and I don't really measure things when I make it.

The kids like this one, because it's similar to mac & cheese, and I like that it has protein & a vegetable in it! It's ready in about an hour, start to finish.

Ham & Broccoli Casserole
Printable version here

1 head broccoli, cut into bite-sized pieces
6 oz. cooked diced ham
7 oz. macaroni (approx.),
1 can cheddar cheese soup
1 can cream of celery (or a half batch of this)
1 tbsp. mustard
1/4 cup bread crumbs

1. Cook noodles and steam broccoli, until both are al dente- tender, but not too soft.*

2. Mix all ingredients (except bread crumbs) in a large bowl, and pour into an ungreased 1 1/2 quart casserole dish (such as a 9x9 inch pan). Sprinkle the top with bread crumbs.

3. Bake uncovered at 350ยบ for 20 minutes or until hot & bubbly.

*I haven't tried this, but next time I think I'll add the broccoli to the boiling noodles, when the noodles have about 5 minutes left. Normally I prefer to steam broccoli, but I think it would be fine to save a pot and cook it this way. I'll update this when I try it (or let me know how it works if you try it!).

Why I love it? It's pretty easy, and the kids eat it! I made it because I had some leftover ham to use up. I like that the mustard helps the sauce to be a little tangy. Someday I'll figure out how to make this without using the canned cheddar soup, but at least it's not too processed of a dinner. Some days you just need something quick! :)


  1. I made this recipe so many times when you were a kid that I know it by heart! The original recipe called for green beans, but we preferred broccoli. I'm glad to see your family likes it too!

  2. Wow Mom, that would be horrible with green beans! They are on my "most hated" list!