This is a tasty recipe to use up leftover ham! Easy Ham Noodle Casserole is a combination of ham, cheese and noodles nestled in a casserole dish topped with seasoned bread crumbs. It is delicious and frugal, yet still a comfort food meal, made with leftover ham.
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Save that ham bone though! I have a really delicious One Pot, Ham Potato and Bean Soup to make with it. If you don’t have time to make the soup now, freeze the ham bone to make the soup later.
I pondered what to make for dinner last night knowing I had leftover ham from the Cranberry Orange Baked Ham I made a couple nights prior. I thought of making a variation of chicken noodle casserole with ham and started putting together some pantry ingredients that I thought may taste good together.
I’m glad I did because this recipe turned out to be delicious and it was very easy to make! The sweetness of the corn coupled with the cheesy egg noodles topped with seasoned breadcrumbs is a simple yet, a delicious meal.
Casseroles, such as Ham and Turkey Noodle Casserole, are great for busy moms because there are leftovers for the next night’s dinner.
I cringe a little when other moms tell me their husbands won’t eat leftovers. Why? I don’t understand it. If it tasted great the first day, in may taste even better the second day when its been marinating in its juices. Plus, the food you get in restaurants is not usually prepared the same day.
My husband will eat leftovers for three days straight! He is great that way. I rarely have to toss anything. This helps our food budget tremendously.
How to Make the Easy Ham Noodle Casserole
While I boiled the noodles and preheated the oven, I cubed the ham, diced the onion and celery then sautéed the onion and celery in butter with some Thyme all within 2 minutes. When the noodles were done cooking, I combined all of the ingredients and put the mixture into an oil sprayed 13″x 9″x 3″ baking pan, sprinkled seasoned bread crumbs on top and placed it in the oven for 30 minutes on 375 F. This recipe can be made start to finish in 45 min and is a good weeknight meal.
It’a always nice to have nice sharp knives and a few good cutting boards. I like to use one cutting board just to cut fruit, another for meat and yet another for vegetables. That way your fruit doesn’t pick up onion and garlic flavors from your vegetable cutting board, if it is porous.
When you’re looking for what to do with leftover ham, keep this recipe handy. Pin it! This Ham Noodle Casserole is easy-to-make and a tasty, filling and frugal meal. Transform your leftover ham and save money buy not buying take out. Your kids will be asking “Is it ready yet mom?”
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- 1 lb boneless ham cut in 1” cubes ham leftovers are perfect
- ¼ cup seasoned bread crumbs
- 4 oz shredded cheese Swiss or Cheddar
- 12 oz bag of egg noodles
- 14 oz can creamed corn
- 3 or 4 dashes of garlic powder
- 1/8 tsp of dried thyme or 1 tsp of fresh thyme
- Fresh cracked pepper
- 1 rib of celery chopped
- ½ medium onion chopped
- 1 tbs butter
Cook egg noodles for 8 minutes and drain.
While noodles are cooking, saute onion, celery and thyme in butter 5 min on medium heat or until celery and onion are soft.
In a large bowl combine all ingredients, except bread crumbs.
Spray 13”x9”x3” pan with cooking spray and put noodle mixture in it. Sprinkle bread crumbs evenly on top.
Bake at 375 F for 30 minutes, uncovered.
The prep time in this recipe is done during the time it takes the pasta to cook. Therefore, it is not included in the total time.