Air Fryer Ham Casserole

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 Air Fryer Ham Casserole is perfect for using up leftover ham or pasta. It tastes great and is so easy to make. You’ll have dinner on the table in about 15 minutes. 

 

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This leftover ham casserole recipe will have you looking forward to all of the holiday ham leftovers following Christmas or Easter dinner.

The creamy casserole is so simple to put together and cooks faster than you can preheat the oven. 

Ham is a popular holiday main course because it feeds a crowd. Ham also yields a lot of leftovers, and this Air Fryer Ham Casserole is perfect for using up all of that leftover ham.

Leftover Ham Casserole

You can also use leftover pasta and leftover sauce when making this ham casserole, so it’s a frugal meal option.  

Like my Air Fryer Mac and Cheese, this savory and creamy leftover ham casserole recipe is so easy and cooks up quick. Your whole family is going to love it!

the completed ham casserole ready to be servedd

Why Make This Recipe

  • Perfect For Leftovers – Use leftover ham, pasta and/or sauce to make this simple casserole.
  • Frugal – Using leftovers means less waste and more money in your pocket. 
  • Creamy – Alfredo sauce and cheese make this hame casserole dreamy, creamy and delicious. 

Ingredient Notes

  • Pasta – Use any cooked pasta such as cavatappi, rotini or elbow macaroni.
  • Sauce – Alfredo sauce pairs really well with the ham, but you can use any flavor of sauce. 
  • Ham – The ham should be already cooked, so use leftover ham or purchase some in the deli. 
  • Rosemary – A few fresh springs of rosemary add flavor and color to the dish. 
  • Cheese – I used a combination of chopped mozzarella and bocconcini.
close up view of a spoon removing a portion of the ham casserole

Ready to make this hame casserole recipe? Gather your ingredients and I will show you…

How To Make Air Fryer Ham Casserole

Get the complete ingredients list and instructions from the recipe card below.

  1. Preheat an air fryer to 350F / 180C.
  2. In an air fryer-safe dish, combine the pasta, sauce, ham, and a little bit of the cheese.
  3. Top the casserole with the remaining cheese and the rosemary sprigs.
  4. Place the dish into the air fryer basket and cook for between 7-10 minutes or until the pasta sauce is bubbling and the cheese has melted.
image collage showing the steps for making air fryer ham casserole

Bake In The Oven

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F / 180 degrees C.
  • Combine the ingredients in a casserole dish and add an extra 1 cup of sauce.
  • Bake for about 25 minutes until bubbly.
  • If desired, broil for a few minutes at the end to brown the cheese.
  • Cover with foil for most of the cooking time if you don’t want it too brown.

Expert Tips 

  • This recipe is great for using leftover holiday ham, but you can also use leftover pasta and sauce.
  • Add more sauce to taste if you prefer. 
  • Warm the sauce first, and it will speed up the cooking process. 
  • Make sure your dish is air fryer safe and fits inside your air fryer basket. 

Plus….

  • The ingredients are all cooked but make sure the casserole heats through before serving. 
  • You can also bake leftover ham casserole in the oven

Air fryer temperatures vary depending on the make and model, so use the cooking time as a guide, check for doneness, and adjust accordingly. 

Delicious Variations

  • Swap The Sauce – I used Alfredo sauce, but you can use any kind of sauce that you like. Tomato, garlic parmesan and cream of chicken soup all make flavorful alternatives. 
  • Swap The Pasta – Tube pasta like cavatappi, cellentani and elbow macaroni hold lots of sauce for a creamy dish, but you can use your favorite pasta or whatever you have on hand. 
  • Add Veggies – Toss in some frozen peas for a fresh twist on this flavorful ham casserole. 
  • Swap The Meat – Make this casserole with any leftover meat, including chicken or turkey. 
close up view of the finished air fryer ham casserole

Prep And Storage

  • Prep Ahead – If you are not using leftover pasta, you can cook the pasta up to a day or two in advance and store it in the fridge. 
  • Store – Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. 
  • Freeze – We don’t recommend freezing this casserole, but you can freeze leftover ham for up to 3 months and make this casserole at a later date. 
one portion of air fryer ham casserole served on a plate

FAQs

Can I Make Leftover Ham Casserole In Advance?

You can combine all of the ingredients up to a day in advance and cook when ready. Increase the amount of sauce by about 1 cup as the pasta will absorb a lot of it while it sits.

Bring the casserole to room temperature for about 20 minutes before air frying as directed. 

Can I Bake Ham Casserole In The Oven?

Yes! To bake, preheat the oven to 350F / 180C. Combine the ingredients in a casserole dish and add an extra 1 to 1.5 cups of sauce.

Bake for about 25 mins until bubbly.  If desired, broil for a few mins at the end to brown the cheese.

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Air Fryer Ham Casserole

A great way to use leftover holiday ham.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time15 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Western
Servings: 4
Calories: 511kcal
Author: Bintu Hardy

Ingredients

  • 4 cups cooked pasta
  • 1 ½ cups Alfredo sauce or more, warmed
  • 1 ½ cups chopped ham already cooked
  • 1-2 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped mozzarella or bocconcini cheese

Instructions

Air Fryer Instructions:

  • Preheat an air fryer to 350F / 180C.
  • In an air fryer-safe dish, combine the pasta, sauce, ham, and a little bit of the cheese.
  • Top the casserole with the remaining cheese and the rosemary sprigs.
  • Place the dish into the air fryer basket and cook for between 7-11 minutes or until the pasta sauce is bubbling and the cheese has melted.

Oven Instructions:

  • Preheat the oven to 350F / 180C.
  • Combine the ingredients in a casserole dish and add an extra 1 to 1 ½ cups of sauce.
  • Bake for about 25 minutes until bubbly.
  • If desired, broil for a few minutes at the end to brown the cheese.
  • Cover with foil for most of the cooking time if you don’t want it too brown.
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Notes

  • This recipe is great for using leftover ham, but you can also use leftover pasta and sauce.
  • Add more sauce to taste if you prefer. 
  • Warm the sauce first, and it will speed up the cooking process. 
  • Make sure your dish is air fryer safe and fits inside your air fryer basket. 
  • The ingredients are all cooked but make sure the casserole heats through before serving. 
  • You can also bake leftover ham casserole in the oven. 
  • Air fryers vary slightly between manufacturers, so use the time as a guide and adjust according to your model.
  • Storage – keep leftovers in an airtight container inside the fridge for 3 days.

Nutrition

Calories: 511kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 113mg | Sodium: 1418mg | Potassium: 82mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 260IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 198mg | Iron: 2mg

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