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If you are making a special holiday meal for Christmas or Easter dinner, chances are that a giant baked ham is on the menu. If you’re like me, you will get a ham that is much bigger than you need just so you can have a lot of leftover ham. That way you can make your favorite leftover ham recipes!

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Easy Leftover Ham Recipes

Whether you are looking to use those leftover ham slices or just the ham bone, there are tons of delicious recipes you can make starting the next day that the whole family will love. The best part about ham is that whether you’re trying to use up a leftover holiday ham, or you happened to buy ham steaks at the grocery store, or you have leftover ham deli meat, any kind of extra ham can all be used in the same way.

Whether you plan on making some kind of ham and cheese casserole, ham and cheese sliders, or an easy bean and ham soup, the options are limitless.

Below you will find the best leftover ham recipes to make good use of that leftover ham!

baked Ham and Cheese Sliders
5 from 3 votes

Ham and Cheese Sliders

These rich Ham and Cheese Sliders are made with sliced ham and Swiss cheese on Hawaiian sweet rolls with a buttery Dijon topping.
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Making a delicious Classic Eggs Benedict breakfast at home is much easier than you think, especially when you whirl up the hollandaise sauce in the blender.
5 from 17 votes

Classic Eggs Benedict

Eggs Benedict with Blender Hollandaise Sauce, perfectly poached eggs, and savory ham is easy to make at home for your family or when feeding a crowd.
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homemade ham salad on toasted English muffin
5 from 5 votes

Ham Salad

Ham Salad is similar to chicken salad, but it uses chopped leftover ham. Celery, dill pickle and green onions add flavor and crunch!
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scooping homemade Pasta Carbonara with Ham and Pea out of pot
4.96 from 24 votes

Ham and Pea Pasta Carbonara

If you’re looking for a rich and satisfying pasta dinner, this Ham and Pea Pasta Carbonara will quickly become a family favorite!
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bowl of homemade leftover ham and bean soup.
5 from 4 votes

Slow Cooker Ham and Bean Soup

Leftover Ham Bean Soup is the easiest and most flavorful soup your family will love made with a rich broth in the slow cooker from your holiday ham bone.
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homemade chicken cordon bleu cut in half with cream sauce getting poured
4.93 from 14 votes

Chicken Cordon Bleu

Chicken Cordon Bleu with Dijon Cream Sauce is an easy dinner you family will love. Tender boneless skinless chicken breasts are pounded thin, stuffed with swiss cheese and ham, coated with parmesan and bread crumbs, then baked to perfection. They are smothered in a flavorful cream sauce creating the perfect main dish!
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Hawaiian Ham Skewers, made with a pineapple grilling sauce, ham steak, and fresh vegetables, are not only insanely delicious but are super easy to make.
5 from 10 votes

Hawaiian Ham Shish Kabob Recipe

Hawaiian Ham Skewers, made with a pineapple grilling sauce, ham steak, and fresh vegetables, are not only insanely delicious but are super easy to make. 
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If you're craving some good old fashioned comfort food, this Cheesy Ham & Broccoli Tater Tot Casserole is sure to satisfy and makes for a tasty dinner.
5 from 6 votes

Cheesy Ham and Broccoli Tater Tot Casserole

If you’re craving some good old fashioned comfort food, this Cheesy Ham & Broccoli Tater Tot Casserole is sure to satisfy and makes for a tasty dinner.
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dijon mustard sauce over chicken cordon bleu casserole
5 from 8 votes

Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole

Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole has all of the great flavor of homemade chicken cordon blue, but it is much easier to make with rotisserie chicken.
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Ham, Egg and Cheese Breakfast Sandwich
5 from 9 votes

Ham, Egg & Cheese Breakfast Sandwiches

Ham, Egg & Cheese Breakfast Sandwiches combine a perfectly cooked egg, melted cheddar cheese, flavorful ham inside a freshly baked homemade cheddar biscuit. Make them as a grab-and-go breakfast as a delcious way to start your day!
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As we get ready to send out kids back to school, lunchbox favorites like these Easy Ham and Cheese Pocket Sandwiches will make your kids smile!
5 from 1 vote

Easy Ham and Cheese Pocket Sandwiches

As we get ready to send out kids back to school, lunchbox favorites like these Easy Ham and Cheese Pocket Sandwiches will make your kids smile!
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Mix up your breakfast routine and enjoy this hearty and nutritious Sweet Potato and Ham Hash that tastes wonderful with a couple of eggs.
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Sweet Potato and Ham Hash

Mix up your breakfast routine and enjoy this hearty and nutritious Sweet Potato and Ham Hash that tastes wonderful with a couple of eggs.
a bowl of ham and brussel sprout pasta
5 from 6 votes

Ham and Brussel Sprout Pasta

This super tasty and satisfying Ham and Brussel Sprout Pasta with pine nuts is full of flavor, easy to make, and will quickly become a favorite fall meal.
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Leftover Ham Recipes + Ham and Pea Pasta Carbonara

Prep10 minutes
Cook15 minutes
Total25 minutes
Servings 6 servings
If you’re looking for a rich and satisfying pasta dinner, this Ham and Pea Pasta Carbonara will quickly become a family favorite!

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Ingredients 

  • 1 pound spaghetti
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion diced
  • 8 ounces ham thinly sliced
  • 10 ounces peas steamed
  • 1-2 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup parmesan grated
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • salt and pepper as desired

Instructions 

  • Ensure all ingredients are chopped/measured/prepared before you start cooking. The goal is to time the recipe so that the pasta has finished cooking at the same time the ham, pea, and onion mixture is done.
  • Cook pasta in large pot of boiling water.
  • Heat butter and oil in large saute pan and cook onion over medium high heat until golden brown, about five minutes. Add ham, peas, and garlic and cook long enough to heat through.
  • Meanwhile in a separate bowl, combine eggs, parmesan and heavy cream. Whisk to combine.
  • Prior to drain pasta, add about 1/2 cup of the cooking water to a measuring cup in case it is needed to thin the sauce later on.
  • Drain hot pasta and return to pot. Add hot ham and pea mixture. With the heat off, add the egg mixture to the hot ingredients and stir very well to combine. The hot ingredients will cook the egg enough to turn it into a wonderful sauce without scrambling the egg. Season with salt and pepper, as desired.

Notes

  • Freshly grated parmesan always melts better than pre-shredded. Either will work for this recipe, but finely grated cheese from a block is best.
  • For the best carbonara, the trick is to transfer the hot pasta directly out of the pot of salted boiling water and into the sauce, away from additional direct heat to avoid curdling the egg. This can be done either in the pasta pot or in a dish.
  • Although any kind of pasta can be used, spaghetti is really your best choice because it has a sufficiently large ratio of surface area to volume. This means that the cylindrical shape of each spaghetti noodle will maximize it’s contact with the sauce, thus ensuring the sauce gets properly cooked.
  • To avoid having the egg scramble, never add the egg in carbonara sauce over direct heat. You use the heat from the freshly cooked pasta to heat and cook the sauce. You can also avoid curdling by setting your eggs out at room temperature a few hours before using them. That will decrease the temperature delta between your eggs and the hot pasta.
  • Leftover pasta carbonara can be reheated, but you must do it gently. My recommendation for reheating would be to either heat on the stove, covered, over very low heat. The alternative would be to heat in the microwave at a low power, say 30-50%, and to stir it often to ensure it gets heated evenly. 

Nutrition

Calories: 655kcal, Carbohydrates: 66g, Protein: 30g, Fat: 29g, Saturated Fat: 14g, Cholesterol: 162mg, Sodium: 782mg, Potassium: 486mg, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 5g, Vitamin A: 1105IU, Vitamin C: 20.6mg, Calcium: 264mg, Iron: 2.6mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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