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Creamy Ham, Pea, & Potato Casserole

A true classic, Creamy Ham, Pea, and Potato Casserole is loaded with tender scalloped potatoes, slices of left over ham, and peas. It’s a great way to use up left over ham!

I’m super proud to share this recipe with y’all today! It “hails” from one of my very favorite women in the whole wide world. My Grandma Helen. She was an amazing cook…when she didn’t get too creative! lol (I’m still scarred for life over wheat germ in the pancake batter!)

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 If you think I like to “tweak” a recipe…you should have met my Grandma! She was an AMAZING cook! I loved to watch her in the kitchen. She was a fierce machine in the kitchen.

One year, when I was staying at her house after Easter, there was a lot of leftover ham. Grandma said “Oh, We’ll just whip up one of my Ham, Pea, and Potato casseroles Nori!” (Her nick-name for me!) I was game! It had three of my favorite ingredients…seemed like a great idea to me.  

I watched as she made this amazing white creamy “gravy”, peeled & sliced a bunch of potatoes, cut up some of the leftover ham slices, and opened a can of peas. Then she started layering everything. Popped it into the oven and an hour later out came the BEST creamy ham, pea, and potato casserole. It was heavenly!

Ham, Pea, and Potato Casserole in a creamy white sauce on a white plate

Ever since that first “lesson” I’ve been making Ham, Pea, and Potato casserole every year after the Holidays with our left over ham.

It’s pure comfort food and reminds me of my beautiful, passionate, fun Grandma. She truly was the hardest working lady I have ever known and reveled in the JOY of working!

Allow me to share a very personal family recipe with y’all today! I’m sure there are copy-cat recipes out there but this one has been around for at least 70 years! (And NO…that’s NOT how old I am!)

How To Make Grandma’s Ham, Pea, and Potato Casserole

Peel and slice 10 large potatoes. Cut out any brown spots. Slice them and place them in a large bowl of water so they won’t turn brown while you are making your “Roux”. (I use that “term” VERY , VERY loosely in this recipe)

Sliced Potatoes on a cutting board

Making “cream” sauces from scratch can be intimidating, but don’t let it be. It seems a lot scarier than it actually is.

In a large skillet, over medium heat, melt 1/4 cup of butter. I realize a “true Roux” uses clarified butter… “Hi! My name is Norine and welcome to my down home cooking blog!” Are we all on the same page now? Good! 😉

So back to our “country” Roux…melt the 1/4 cup of butter…Add in 1/2 cup of flour and stir quickly to form a thick paste. Slowly add in, while whisking briskly, 2 1/2 cups of milk.

Tip: ALWAYS use a whisk when making gravy, cream sauces, or cheese sauces. Reduces chance of lumps!

Butter in a skillet

Add in 1/2 tsp salt (I watch the salt in this dish between the salted butter and the ham…it’s sodium loaded! You can always add salt after you serve it!)  Add in the 1/2 tsp coarse black pepper. Continue stirring until thick and creamy.

TIP: If the sauce becomes too thick add more milk until you have a creamy white “gravy”.

White sauce for Ham, Pea, and Potato Casserole in a skilletDrain your potatoes. Spray a deep, 4 quart casserole dish, with cooking oil. Place 1/3 of the slice potatoes in the bottom of your casserole dish. Add a layer of sliced ham, you can used diced ham too if you don’t have leftover.

Layering sliced potatoes, ham, and white sauce in casserole dish

Sprinkle half the can of drained peas over the top of the ham and potatoes.

Adding Peas to Potatoes and Ham casserole

Pour 1/3 of the white sauce over the Ham and Potato layer. Repeat the layers again. Sliced potatoes, sliced ham, and the other half of the can of peas. Pour another 3rd of the sauce over the second layer.

Isn’t that starting to look amazing? This is such a yummy casserole!

Add the White Cream Sauce over the peas, potatoes, and ham.

Top off with the last 3rd of the potatoes and the remaining sauce. Sprinkle top with Paprika or fresh chopped parsley.

Potatoes sprinkled with Paprika, oven ready.

Place in a preheated 350°F oven for 1 hour, covered. After one hour remove lid, or foil covering, and place back in the oven for an additional 10 minutes to brown the top of the casserole.

Your potatoes should be “fork tender”. I always gently test by poking a few of the potatoes in the center of the casserole to make sure they are done.

Nothing I hate more than “crunchy” potatoes! This casserole needs to have tender tatters!

Baked Ham, Pea, and Potato Casserole.

The wonderful thing about this casserole…it’s a complete meal with the potatoes, meat, and peas. The cream sauce brings all those ingredients together beautifully.

This is a pure “comfort” dish! It’s so fantastic with that leftover ham. I used the Peach glazed ham leftovers so don’t worry if your ham had a glaze on it. It’s still going to be amazingly delicious!

Potatoes, ham, and peas in a casserole dish.

There you have it friends! My Grandma Helen’s Ham, Pea, and Potato casserole in all its creamy glory! The potatoes are tender and delicious.

The ham just falls apart in this casserole, and is so delicious with that luscious cream sauce.  The Pea’s are the perfect “pop” of color and texture for this casserole.

Serve this casserole with a big green salad and fresh blueberry muffins! If you have Meat and “Tatter” lovers at your Nest…this is the dish for you! If you love down home comfort food…this is the dish for you!

I often wonder if Grandma was taught this recipe, or one similar, from her Mom who had 9 children and needed a filling yet delicious meal?

I can see it in my mind’s eye and I’d like to think that’s how this family favorite came to be.

This is perfect for your leftover holiday ham! I hope you love this casserole as much as we do! Grandma sure knew what she was doing!

Here’s a few of my other Favorite Casseroles

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Have a fantastic day and come back soon!

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Yield: 6 servings

Creamy Ham, Pea, & Potato Casserole

Creamy Ham, Pea, & Potato Casserole

A Fantastic Ham, Potato, and Pea casserole in a creamy white sauce. Perfect for using up that leftover Holiday Ham! Pure Comfort food!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 cups milk
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp coarse black pepper
  • 10 large potatoes, peeled and sliced, keep in a bowl of water to prevent browning, drain before using.
  • 10 slices of left over ham or 3 cups diced Ham
  • 1 can sweet peas, drained
  • Paprika for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a large skillet, over medium heat, melt 1/4 cup of butter. Using a whisk, add 1/2 cup of flour and whisk briskly to create a thick paste.
  2. Slowly add in 2 1/2 cups of milk, whisking continually, until thick and creamy. If sauce is too thick add in more milk until the creamy consistency of gravy.
  3. Add in 1/2 tsp. of salt and 1/2 tsp, coarse black pepper.
  4. Spray a deep, 4 quart, baking dish, with cooking spray.
  5. Place 1/3 of the sliced, drained potatoes in the bottom of the baking dish. Place 1/2 the ham slices or 1 1/2 cups of diced ham on top of the potatoes. Sprinkle half the can of drained peas over the ham.
  6. Pour 1/3 of the white cream sauce over the top of the layers.
  7. Repeat the layers again. 1/3 of sliced potatoes, other half of the ham, other half of the can of peas. 1/3 of the cream sauce.
  8. Top with last layer of potatoes and cream sauce. Ending with cream sauce.
  9. Sprinkle with Paprika.
  10. Cover and bake in a 350°F oven for one hour. Remove cover and brown for 10 minutes.
  11. Serve Immediately.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

2 cups

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 754Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 79mgSodium: 1127mgCarbohydrates: 124gFiber: 13gSugar: 8gProtein: 36g
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Angela

Wednesday 29th of April 2020

I made this last night. My husband loved it and so did I. I made it gluten free and dairy free. I used Pamela's gluten free flour and unsweetened almond milk. Thank you for the recipe. Great story.

norine@norinesnest.com

Thursday 30th of April 2020

Hi Angela! I'm so glad you enjoyed this recipe! Grandma would be honored your made it! I love your modifications too! Thanks so much for sharing. Stop by again soon. Stay safe! Happy Nesting! Norine

Carol

Wednesday 4th of September 2019

My house smells so good, casserole's in the oven. Even though it's 90 degrees and it's Aug in Florida I'll just drop the air down and pretend it's January.

norine@norinesnest.com

Thursday 5th of September 2019

Hi Carol! Some sacrifices have to be made in the name of food! lol I hope you liked the casserole...it's truly one that holds a special place in my heart! Thanks for popping by...hope it cools down soon. Happy Nesting! ~Norine

Missy

Friday 12th of October 2018

My Mom used to make this with leftover roast beef. Only difference is hers was only 3 layers, chopped onion on the bottom, sliced roast beef on top of the onion and sliced potatoes on top of the beef. Add leftover homemade gravy or a can of beef gravy on top and bake. I probably do about half of your recipe but it could be doubled. Also good with leftover chicken or turkey with the corresponding gravy. It's possible my Mom got the recipe from her Mom and it was called "Pack Supper"!

norine@norinesnest.com

Friday 12th of October 2018

I'm loving this recipe change up! I'm going to have to try it especially with left over roast beef. Yum! It would be great at Thanksgiving too with left over Turkey. Thank you so much for sharing this with me and my readers. Grandma's and Mom's have the best family recipes! I hope you have a great weekend! Happy Nesting! ~Norine

Eliza

Sunday 31st of December 2017

My mom used to make this on the stove and I am so happy to find your variation for the oven! Cooked it with leftover Christmas ham and used frozen peas instead of canned, plus a little grated parmesan on the top. So delicious!!!!

norine@norinesnest.com

Monday 1st of January 2018

Hi Eliza! I love the addition of grated parmesan on top! I'm going to try that next time. Thanks so much for sharing with me. I love hearing how others change my recipes up to fit their individual tastes. It gives me great ideas. I hope you have a wonderful and happy New Year. Happy Nesting! ~Norine

The Better Baker

Wednesday 27th of December 2017

Surely right up my taste bud alley. Love the combo of all these flavors. Grandma's know how to do it right for sure! Thanks for sharing!!

norine@norinesnest.com

Thursday 28th of December 2017

Hi Marsha! Grandma always knew best and was a wiz in the kitchen! I sure do miss her and cherish our memories together. Thanks so much for stopping by. You always brighten my day! Happy New Year Friend! ~Norine