Cheesy Ham Dinner Recipe

Rebekah Garcia Kalinowski | Kitchen Gidget

Cheesy Ham Dinner is a great way to use leftover ham and whatever veggies you have on hand. All cooked in one pot!

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This is the perfect dinner recipe to use up leftover ham. You could buy a ham steak expressly for this meal, but I find that the only time I really cook with ham is when I have leftover Easter (or other holiday) ham.

Typically I throw it in my Puerto Rican rice, or a pot of rice and beans for flavor, but neither of those dishes contain cheese. And I just love ham and cheese. Swiss, Havarti, cheddar or camembert…I love them all!

So one of my go-to meals is this cheesy ham dinner with broccoli and carrots. It’s one of those recipes that use up whatever you have in the fridge.

Cheesy Ham Dinner Picture

You can hide a bunch of vegetables in here that picky eaters won’t notice. Since it’s all mixed with a velvety cheddar cheese sauce, it tastes amazing!

The sauce is a snap to make from scratch — no processed food or fake cheese here! And to cut down on calories, I use half milk, half chicken stock. It still comes out creamy, cheesy and delicious.

As far as the cheese goes, I use sharp cheddar for maximum flavor. And I always freshly shred it myself. I’m a cheese purist.

Cheesy Ham Dinner Image

I really think the cheese sauce is the star of this dish, which makes it easy to substitute other ingredients. Don’t have ham? Use cooked pork chops, chicken or go completely meatless!

Not a broccoli or carrot fan? Use cauliflower, peas, spinach or butternut squash. The options are endless!

Basically, use whatever vegetable you have on hand. I hate making a special trip to the grocery store to cook dinner. Hardboiled eggs are another fantastic addition.

Cheesy Ham Dinner Pic

The beauty of this recipe is that you can use fresh or frozen vegetables. If you use fresh vegetables, give them a quick steam before adding to the sauce.

We are huge rice eaters, so I like to serve this leftover ham over a bed of rice. Hubby likes to top his with hot sauce for some kick.

It’s also tasty with pasta (your favorite shape), or spooned over baked (or mashed) potatoes, toast or hot biscuits. Another way to use up the leftovers you have on hand!

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Cheesy Ham Dinner Recipe

    6 Servings


  • 1/4 cup Butter
  • 1/4 cup Chopped Onion
  • 3 tablespoons All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 1 cup Chicken Stock
  • 1/4 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 2 cups Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 2 cups Diced Cooked Ham
  • 3 cups Broccoli Florets, fresh or frozen
  • 2 cups Sliced Carrots, fresh or frozen
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste
  • pinch of Ground Cayenne Pepper, optional
  • Rice Pasta or Toast, for serving


  1. In a large skillet, cook the butter and onion over low heat until butter has melted. Add the flour and stir until smooth. Cook until bubbly and flour is no longer raw, about 2 minutes.
  2. Whisk in the milk and chicken stock until there are no lumps remaining. Bring to a simmer, stirring frequently until sauce has thickened, about 5 minutes. Stir in the cheese until melted.
  3. Add the ham, broccoli and carrots. Bring to a simmer, cover and cook for 5-7 minutes or until vegetables are softened. Season to taste with salt, pepper and a pinch of ground cayenne. Serve over cooked rice, pasta or toast.


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Author: Rebekah Garcia Kalinowski
Recipe Yields: 6 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe 6

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 227
Calories 408

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 28g
  Saturated Fat 12g
Sodium 429mg
Total Carbohydrate 13g
  Dietary Fiber 2g
  Sugars 5g
Protein 24g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Rebekah Garcia Kalinowski

About Rebekah

Rebekah is the blogger behind Kitchen Gidget, an all-encompassing food blog dedicated to her Midwestern roots and Hispanic heritage. She adores cheese (who doesn't?!), so we asked her to be our Cheese fanatic. Time to get excited!

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