Leftover Ham and Noodle Casserole is the perfect way to use up leftover baked ham. With only 5 simple ingredients, this dish won’t break the bank, and the ingredients are probably already in your pantry.
Struggling to come up with another way to use those last few ham slices in your refrigerator? This recipe calls for very finely diced ham, and combines with sour cream and noodles to make a creamy, satisfying casserole. Once you add some crushed cornflakes mixed with melted butter, then you have a dish that no one can resist.
To get the finely diced ham, we used our food processor. We cut the ham into 2-3-inch pieces, and then added them to the food processor. Don’t over process the ham, because you don’t want a paste.
A Favorite Leftover Ham Recipe
I hit the jackpot with this leftover ham recipe. It came from a cookbook on my shelf called The Working Cook, and it’s one of those great cookbooks where everyone submits their favorite recipes.
This recipe caught my eye because I’m always looking for ways to use up leftover baked holiday ham. I already have several leftover ham recipes, and some of my favorites include Make Ahead Ham and Cheese Quiche, Ham Salad Spread, Instant Pot Ham and Beans, and 20 Minute Ham and Cheddar Chowder.
I’m not sure what I love more about this recipe. First, it is a recipe using leftover baked ham, and we make it for most holidays – and sometimes just for a weekend meal. Some of the different versions of baked ham I make include spiral ham in the crock pot with brown sugar, cream soda baked ham, and in the Instant Pot with a cranberry glaze.
The second reason I really love this recipe is because it’s a 5 ingredient recipe – leftover baked ham, noodles, sour cream, cornflakes and butter. It doesn’t get much simpler!
Third, my family gobbled this leftover baked ham casserole up. The saltiness of the ham combined with the base of the noodles creates the most flavorful casserole ever. And don’t forget the cornflake topping. I love using cornflakes on top of casseroles, just like my grandma did. Need proof? Here’s her Cheesy Cabbage Casserole and Chicken and Rice Casserole recipes, both of which have cornflakes on top.
How to Make Leftover Ham Casserole Recipe:
Step one: Cook the noodles per package directions and drain.
Step two: Combine noodles with ham and sour cream; pour into a prepared baking dish.
Step three: Top with crushed cornflakes and melted butter mixture.
Step four: Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until bubbly and hot.
For the full Leftover Baked Ham Casserole recipe, scroll to the bottom of this post.
Notes about Leftover Ham Casserole
- Recipes using leftover baked ham are the best, and it’s the frugal way, the old fashioned way, and the way of our ancestors.
- Leftover Ham and Noodle Casserole recipe calls for noodles. This can be elbow macaroni, wide egg noodles or whatever type of noodle or pasta you have in the cabinet. Just be sure to cook the noodles per package instructions, and it doesn’t hurt to under-cook them. Just be sure not to over cook since they will continue to cook in the oven.
- You can make leftover ham casserole recipe lower in fat by using low fat sour cream if desired.
- There is no need to salt this casserole since the ham already has so much sodium.
- If you don’t have cornflakes in the cabinet, try topping with crushed potato chips or crackers.
Want more recipes using leftover ham? Our friend, Liz, over at The Farmwife Cooks pulled together 23 Leftover Ham Recipes for you!
We hope you enjoy this recipe as much as our family does, and hopefully it becomes one they look forward to every time you make a ham.
Leftover Ham and Noodle Casserole is the perfect way to use up leftover baked ham. With only 5 simple ingredients, this dish won't break the bank, and the ingredients are probably already in your pantry.
- 1 cup dry elbow macaroni
- 3 cups leftover baked ham
- 2 cups sour cream
- 1/2 cup cornflakes, crushed
- 1 Tablespoon melted butter
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Cook macaroni according to package instructions, and then drain.
In a food processor, pulse leftover ham until ground into a fine dice.
Combine ground ham, sour cream. and macaroni and mix gently,
Pour into a greased 2-quart baking dish.
Mix melted butter and cornflakes, and sprinkle over casserole.
Bake for 30 minutes or until bubbly and hot.