If you are familiar with and enjoy a hashbrown casserole, you will love this cheesy hash brown casserole. What makes this hashbrown recipe different? It’s loaded with ham, bell peppers, and onions to make a hearty dish that can be served as a whole meal.
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Ham and Hashbrown Breakfast Casserole
When growing up, I didn’t think casseroles with potatoes got any better than a cheesy potato casserole, but this particular potato recipe has had a few updates.
First off, this ham and hash brown breakfast casserole is not just ideal for a filling breakfast. By adding ham, cheddar cheese, and sauteed vegetables, it can also be eaten for lunch or dinner.
Why You Should Try This Ham and Cheese Hash Brown Casserole
This is one of those perfect easy recipes for evenings when you’ve had a long day at work and have no time (or motivation) to cope with the details of anything more complex. This cheesy hash brown casserole recipe simply involves chopping and sautéeing a couple of veggies, adding some canned soup, dumping everything into a pan, sprinkling on some cheese, and baking it up. What could be simpler?
Also, this cheesy hash brown potato casserole recipe is a little lighter in fat content because it doesn’t contain any sour cream. However, it is so tasty you won’t even miss the sour cream.
Breakfast Casserole With Ham and Hash Browns – Ingredients You Will Need
This ham hashbrown breakfast casserole tastes great and involves just a few basic ingredients you probably already have on hand:
- Hash browns
- Cheddar cheese
- Cream of celery soup
- Bell pepper
How to Make This Cheesy Hash Brown Potato Casserole
This hash brown casserole is so easy to make and is a great way to use up any leftover ham. Here are the steps:
- Sauté the onions, bell peppers, and ham in butter.
- Combine with the hash browns and soup.
- Transfer into a casserole dish and sprinkle over half of the cheese.
- Cover and bake for 45 minutes at 350°F.
- Add the remaining cheese and bake uncovered for about 15 more minutes.
A hashbrown casserole is done when the edges are crisp, and it is brown from the top. You can also test with a knife – if it comes out clean, your casserole is done.
Soup: You could vary the soup, e.g., go with cream of mushroom or cream of chicken soup. The soup gives the casserole something to help everything stick together and adds some flavor. However, if you don’t like using canned soups in your cooking, you could substitute a simple white sauce flavored with onion.
Cheese: Try out other kinds of cheese in the recipe besides cheddar. American, gouda, mozzarella, Monterey Jack, Pepper Jack, provolone, Swiss, or sharp Cheddar cheese – would all taste great.
Veggies: Add different vegetables of your choice. This cheesy hash brown casserole is the perfect way to use up any leftover veggies you’ve been wondering what to do with.
Protein: You can create this hashbrown casserole with any protein option you like. This includes chicken, turkey, or eggs.
Sausage Hash Brown Casserole: Follow the same basic recipe but replace the ham with breakfast sausage. Cook the sausage first in a skillet so there is no pink meat remaining before adding it to the casserole mix.
Bacon Hash Brown Casserole: Use bacon to replace the ham entirely or add both.
Vegetarian Hash Brown Casserole: If you’d prefer a substitute for meat, try the Impossible brand breakfast sausage for a savory flavor of sausage. Or go for one of their other plant-based options.
How to Serve This Cheesy Hash Brown Casserole
As a bonus, this ham and hashbrown breakfast casserole tastes just as good reheated for a microwaved leftover lunch.
How to Store This Breakfast Casserole With Ham and Hash Browns
Leftover hashbrown casserole will be good in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 days. Cover it with plastic wrap or transfer the leftovers to an airtight container.
Can You Freeze Hashbrowns Casserole?
Yes, you can freeze leftover ham hashbrown breakfast casserole. It will be good in the freezer for 2-3 months. Be sure to allow the casserole to cool to room temperature before freezing. Thaw it in the fridge overnight.
Can You Freeze Uncooked Hashbrown Casserole?
You can make this cheesy ham and hashbrown casserole ahead of time and freeze it in an airtight container.
How to Reheat
This ham and cheese hash brown casserole tastes very good when reheated. Cover the pan with some foil and place it in a preheated 325°F oven for about 30 minutes or until completely heated through.
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Cheesy Hash Brown Casserole with Ham
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 3/4 cup chopped onion
- 1 cup chopped bell pepper
- 2 cups diced ham
- 2 pounds frozen hash browns
- 10 ounces condensed cream of celery soup
- 8 ounces cheddar cheese grated, divided use
- Preheat the oven to 350°F and spray a 9×13-inch pan with cooking spray.
- In a large skillet, melt 2 tablespoons of butter over medium heat. Sauté the onions, bell peppers, and ham until the onions are softened and translucent.
- Combine the frozen hash browns, sautéed ham and vegetables, and condensed celery soup in a large bowl. Stir until the hash browns are coated.
- Transfer the mixture to the prepared 9×13-inch pan. Sprinkle half of the cheese over the casserole and cover it with foil. Bake for approximately 45 minutes.
- Remove the foil, add the remaining cheese, return to the oven uncovered, and cook for 15 more minutes. The cheese should begin to brown when the casserole is ready.