Ham Casserole with Broccoli and Rice: A Comforting and Delicious Meal
Casseroles are the ultimate comfort food, and this Ham Casserole with Broccoli and Rice is no exception. This dish is not only hearty and flavorful but also incredibly easy to make. The combination of tender ham, steamed broccoli, and fluffy rice baked in a creamy sauce creates a delicious and satisfying meal that will please the whole family.
- 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
- ½ cup yellow onion, finely diced
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil
- 2 1/2 cups chicken broth, low sodium
- 1 ¼ cup white long grain rice, uncooked
- 2 cups cooked ham, diced
- 2 cups broccoli florets
- 10.75 oz. cream of chicken soup
- ½ cup sour cream
- ¾ cup milk
- 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, separated
- Salt/Pepper, optional
- Ritz Cracker Topping
- 1 cup Ritz Crackers, crushed into crumbs
- 2 Tablespoons butter, melted
Note: This recipe is designed to allow you to prepare all of the casserole ingredients in one pot before transferring to a casserole dish for baking.
Before you begin, refer to your rice package for the amount of liquid (we’ll use chicken broth) and cooking time.
If preferred, cook the rice separately and skip the broth ingredient.
You’ll need 3 + 3/4 cups of cooked rice to combine with the other casserole ingredients. I use white long grain rice and the cooking times below work perfectly.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Melt the 2 Tablespoons butter in a large saucepan over medium heat.
Add the diced onions and cook for 5 minutes, until softened.
Add the chicken broth, olive oil, and rice to the pot and bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer.
Cover tightly and cook for 7 minutes.
Add the broccoli, replace the cover, cook for 8 more minutes. Refrain from stirring.
Turn off heat, leave the cover on. Let the rice stand for 10 minutes. Any rice on the bottom of the pot will release during this time.
Add the diced ham, condensed soup, sour cream, milk, and ONE cup of the cheddar cheese. Stir until well-combined.
Spread into a lightly greased 9 x 13 casserole dish.
Top with remaining cup of cheddar cheese.
Cover and bake for 15 minutes.
Combine the Ritz cracker crumbs and butter. Spread over the top of the casserole and bake, uncovered, for 10 additional minutes.
Let the casserole sit for 5 minutes prior to serving.
- To make this recipe even easier, you can use leftover ham from a previous meal.
- You can also substitute the fresh broccoli with frozen broccoli if you don’t have fresh on hand.
- If you prefer a bit of crunch, you can add a layer of breadcrumbs on top of the cheese before baking.
This Ham Casserole with Broccoli and Rice is perfect for meal prep or leftovers. To store, cover the baking dish with plastic wrap or aluminum foil and refrigerate for up to 3-4 days. To reheat, simply place the casserole in the oven at 350°F for 10-15 minutes or until heated through.
This Ham Casserole with Broccoli and Rice is not only delicious but also nutritious. It is a good source of protein, fiber, and vitamins. One serving contains approximately:
Total Fat: 20g
Saturated Fat: 10g
Total Carbohydrates: 29g
Dietary Fiber: 2g
In conclusion, this Ham Casserole with Broccoli and Rice is a comforting and delicious meal that is perfect for any day of the week. It is easy to make, packed with flavor and nutrition, and can be stored and reheated for later enjoyment. Give it a try, and we guarantee it will become a family favorite!
This is an easy one and oh so good.
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