Cheesy Ham and Potato Casserole: A Hearty Family Favorite

Enjoy the comforting embrace of our Cheesy Ham and Potato Casserole, an excellent dish for family gatherings, potlucks, or any night when comfort food is on the menu. This casserole combines the heartiness of potatoes, the savory flavor of ham, and the creamy richness of cheese to make a dish that is both filling and delicious.


  • Potatoes: 3 cups, peeled and diced into small pieces to ensure even cooking.
  • Cooked Ham: 2 cups, diced into bite-sized chunks, making use of leftover ham perfectly.
  • Onion: 1 small, finely chopped, adding a subtle sweetness and depth.
  • Green Bell Pepper: 1/4 cup, chopped (optional), for a touch of color and fresh flavor.
  • Cheddar Cheese: 1 cup, shredded, for that gooey, melty cheese pull.
  • Milk: 1 cup, which helps create the creamy sauce.
  • All-Purpose Flour: 2 tablespoons, to thicken the sauce effectively.
  • Butter: 2 tablespoons, adding richness to the sauce.
  • Salt and Pepper: To taste, enhancing the natural flavors of the other ingredients.
  • Paprika: 1/2 teaspoon, for a hint of smoky color and flavor as garnish.


  1. Preparation: Start by preheating your oven to 350°F (175°C), allowing it to come to temperature as you prepare the ingredients.
  2. Cook the Potatoes: Boil the diced potatoes in salted water until just tender, about 10 minutes, then drain. This ensures they maintain a good texture without becoming too mushy during baking.
  3. Make the Roux: In a saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add chopped onions (and bell pepper if using) and sauté until translucent. Sprinkle flour over the vegetables, stirring for a couple of minutes to cook off the raw flour taste.
  4. Create the Sauce: Gradually whisk in the milk to the roux, continuously stirring to prevent lumps. Cook until the sauce thickens enough to coat the back of a spoon. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Combine Ingredients: In a large mixing bowl, mix the cooked potatoes, diced ham, and half of the shredded cheese with the prepared sauce. Ensure even distribution of ham and potatoes for consistent flavor in every bite.
  6. Assemble the Casserole: Transfer the mixture to a greased baking dish. Top with the remaining cheese and a sprinkle of paprika for an appealing finish.
  7. Bake: Place the dish in the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes until the casserole is bubbly and golden on top. Let it sit for a few minutes after baking for easier serving.

The Cheesy Ham and Potato Casserole is an excellent demonstration of how simple ingredients can be transformed into a dish that feels like a warm embrace. This casserole is perfect for using up leftovers or creating something special from scratch. It will satisfy your taste buds and warm your heart. Serve it hot with a side salad or steamed vegetables for a satisfying meal that your family will crave again and again.

This recipe not only promises great flavor, but it also provides a practical meal planning solution, making it a must-try for busy weeknights. Enjoy the flavor combination and ease of preparation, and make this casserole a staple in your cooking repertoire!