17 Leftover Ham Recipes You'll Look Forward to Making

Ham and Pea Tortellini
Photo: Blaine Moats

So you cooked a big holiday feast and now have a ton of leftover ham. Here you'll find some amazing leftover ham recipes that go beyond a leftover ham soup or sandwich (though we've got those, too). These leftover ham ideas from our Test Kitchen will have you excited to enjoy your leftovers in new, delicious ways.

01 of 17

Stovetop Savory Ham and Veggie Oatmeal

Stovetop Savory Ham and Veggie Oatmeal
Jacob Fox

Kick things off with delicious, hearty breakfast recipe with leftover ham. Easy oatmeal is amped up into a powerhouse meal by adding chopped ham, sweet peppers, and broccolini. Since it uses slower-cooking steel-cut oats, this leftover ham breakfast would be great for a relaxing family meal just after a holiday.

02 of 17

Scalloped Potato and Ham Soup

Scalloped Potato and Ham Soup in bowls with spoons
Brie Passano

If you love scalloped potatoes, wait until you try this cozy soup. It's got the same creamy flavor as the potato side, only we've added lots of veggies and leftover ham to the pot. Lightly toasted and seasoned panko breadcrumbs add an irresistible crunch.

03 of 17

Quick Pasta Toss with Peas and Artichokes

Pasta Toss with Peas and Artichokes on white serving platter
Brie Passano

Insteading of hiding leftover ham under a heavy sauce, this lighter pasta dish highlights it. Toss it with pasta, peas, artichokes, and fresh tomato, then douse everything in a bright sauce with olive oil and lemon juice. Make this recipe for leftover ham something craveable by adding a sprinkle of cheese at the end.

04 of 17

Ham, Asparagus, and Cheese Strata

Ham-Asparagus and Cheese Strata
Kritsada Panichgul

When in doubt, turn leftover ham (and bread!) into a delicious breakfast. You can easily whip up this cheesy egg bake the night before. Once morning arrives, all you'll have to do is pop it in the oven and enjoy a cup of coffee while it bakes.

05 of 17

Ham and Spinach Two-Cheese Pasta

image.jpg

This leftover ham recipe is just the cozy dish you need to curl up with a cold night. Bake up ham, pasta, spinach, and cheese in individual ramekins to make an easy dinner or just a single portion meal. It's got the best blend of fresh ingredients and easy comfort food.

06 of 17

Leftover Ham Chef's Salad

Leftover Ham Chef's Salad

This leftover ham recipe is so great, our Test Kitchen made sure it was part of the title. Simply chop your leftover ham and toss it with crisp lettuce, veggies, hard-cooked eggs, and plenty of cheese. It's a main dish salad you'll crave even when there's no more leftover ham from Easter.

07 of 17

Crustless Denver-Potato Quiche

Plated Crustless Denver-Potato Quiche slices with fresh berries
Blaine Moats

Combine two favorites–Denver potatoes and quiche–into one extra tasty breakfast. New potatoes, ham, peppers, onions, and cheese all mingle together in an easy quiche that cooks right in your Dutch oven. Make this leftover ham recipe for a hearty breakfast or brunch, or save it for a comforting breakfast-for-dinner night.

08 of 17

Ham and Pea Tortellini

Ham and Pea Tortellini
Blaine Moats

Decadent meals don't have to take a ton of time to prepare. Take this 20-minute pasta recipe, for example. Cheese tortellini, leftover ham, and peas swim in a rich, creamy sauce. A couple handfuls of arugula add a peppery bite while also providing extra nutrients to the dish.

09 of 17

Skillet-Baked Eggs and Ham

Skillet-Baked Eggs Ham
Jason Donnelly

We love a good skillet meal and this leftover ham recipe is perfect for breakfast or a quick breakfast-for-dinner idea. Leeks add a light onion flavor while cream and Gruyère cheese add richness to every bite.

10 of 17

Ham and Asparagus Macaroni

Ham and Asparagus Macaroni
Andy Lyons

Macaroni and cheese probably crossed your mind as you were brainstorming recipes for leftover ham, but this one takes it up a notch. If you have ham left from Easter, toss leftover cooked asparagus right in with noodles, Parmesan cheese, and ham. The result is a bit more upscale mac and cheese that's great for an easy spring dinner.

11 of 17

Quiche

Quiche with ham and green onions
Marty Baldwin

There's nothing like starting the day with a slice of quiche with a buttery, flaky piecrust. This simple quiche recipe can be easily adapted to whatever you've got on hand. In this case, we're obviously starting with leftover ham, but feel free to use chicken or crab, too.

12 of 17

Asian Egg and Rice Cups with Plum Sauce

Asian Egg and Rice Cups with Plum Sauce
Jason Donnelly

If all of the usual ham leftover recipes aren't exciting you, go in a completely different direction. These savory egg cups are filled with ham, of course, but they also dress it up with cooked rice, fresh veggies, and sweet-and-sour plum sauce. This Asian-inspired leftover ham recipe can be a filling breakfast, fun lunch, or easy dinner.

13 of 17

One-Pot Ham and Greens Pasta

One-Pot Ham and Greens Pasta
Andy Lyons

This one-pot meal is sure to make weeknight dinners a breeze. And when we say one pot, we mean it. The leftover ham, pasta, and greens all require a single Dutch oven to come together for less mess.

14 of 17

Sweet Potato Biscuit Sandwiches with Ham and Redeye Gravy

Sweet Potato Biscuit Sandwiches with Ham and Redeye Gravy
Andy Lyons

Talk about a mouthwatering brunch! Everyone will be snapping a pic before diving into one of these delicious leftover ham biscuit sandwiches. If you haven't had a chance to try redeye gravy yet, you can make it using leftover coffee (yes, coffee!).

15 of 17

Lentil-Ham Soup

Lentil-Ham Soup
Blaine Moats

Keep this leftover ham soup recipe in mind for the day after Easter. The easy slow cooker dump dinner comes together in minutes. You'll look forward to coming home to a comforting bowl of this delicious soup.

16 of 17

Grilled Apple, Ham, and Brie Sandwich

Grilled Apple, Ham, and Brie Sandwich
Matthew Clark

Ok, ok, you're in the mood for a sandwich, but want something a little more than ham on white bread. When that's the case, this upgraded sandwich is one of the best leftover ham recipes for putting a new spin on a classic. The trick is to use sourdough, brie cheese, spinach, and sliced apples to upgrade the ham, then grill until everything is hot, cheesy, and delicious.

17 of 17

Danish Gronkaal Soup (Green Kale Soup)

Danish Green Kale Soup
Andy Lyons

When you've exhausted all the traditional soup recipes with leftover ham, it's time to look around the globe. This Danish-inspired recipe will use up two cups of cooked ham (plus ham broth, if you have any leftover), plus potatoes, leeks, celery, and fresh kale. If you're craving a healthy, veggie-filled dish after a heavy holiday meal, this is the dish to get you back on track.

Was this page helpful?
Related Articles