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Low-Carb Ham and Broccoli Casserole au Gratin (Video)

Of course this Low-Carb Ham and Broccoli Casserole au Gratin is a riff on my mega-popular Low-Carb Ham and Cauliflower Casserole au Gratin! And if you’ve enjoyed the casserole with cauliflower, this one is equally delicious! 

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Low-Carb Ham and Broccoli Casserole Au Gratin!

 


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If you like cheesy broccoli and ham, I promise you are going to LOVE this new recipe for Low-Carb Ham and Broccoli Casserole au Gratin. This is another recipe where an idea from a reader inspired a new version of a recipe that’s been hugely popular on the site, and this is a fun new variation of Low-Carb Ham and Cauliflower Casserole au Gratin! Everyone who’s enjoyed that recipe and likes broccoli is probably going to enjoy trying this new version.

I wish I had written down the name of the reader who commented on social media that she always makes the ham and cauliflower recipe using broccoli so I could give proper credit, but when she told me that I slapped myself on the forehead and wondered why I’d never thought of it! My fondness for broccoli + cheese is pretty well-documented on the blog, and I loved the idea of a cheesy casserole with ham and broccoli.

When we tested the recipe for Ham and Broccoli Casserole au Gratin Kara and I made only a couple of minor changes, and it was a complete winner! And I have happily eaten up all my share of the leftovers, so I can report that this reheats beautifully too. Hope you enjoy trying it if you’re a fellow fan of cheesy broccoli!

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How to Make Low-Carb Ham and Broccoli Casserole au Gratin:

(Scroll down for complete printable recipe with nutritional information.)

  1. Take cream cheese out of the fridge and start to soften it in a container that’s big enough to hold all the sauce ingredients. (You can partly soften cream cheese in the microwave if you want to.)
  2. Cut up enough broccoli to make 6 cups broccoli flowerets. (That’s a huge measuring cup in the photo!)
  3. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil, add broccoli, and cook 3 minutes, or even slightly less.
  4. After 3 minutes, immediately drain broccoli into a colander placed in the sink and let it drain well.
  5. When the cream cheese is softened, mix in sour cream, 2 T coarsely grated Parmesan, 1 cup sharp cheddar, and sliced green onion. (Blogger FAIL, missed taking a photo of that.)
  6. When broccoli is well drained, put it into a mixing bowl. (Pat dry with paper towels if it seems very wet.)
  7. Gently stir sauce mixture into the broccoli.
  8. Add ham cubes and gently combine with the broccoli and sauce.
  9. Place mixture into a 8″ x 12″ casserole dish and season with fresh-ground black pepper to taste.
  10. Sprinkle the rest of the sharp cheddar and coarsely grated Parmesan over the top of the casserole.
  11. Bake 30-35 minutes, or until lightly browned and bubbling hot.

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This reheated well and I loved having some leftovers for a quick low-carb dinner! If you like to do food prep you might want to use a bigger dish and double the recipe.

More Cheesy Broccoli to Try:

Broccoli and Three Cheese Keto Breakfast Casserole ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Broccoli Cheese Nuggets ~ Joy Filled Eats
Low-Carb Broccoli, Ham, and Mozzarella Baked with Eggs ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Cheesy Chicken Broccoli Casserole ~ All Day I Dream About Food
Cheesy Low-Carb Broccoli and Cauliflower Soup ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen

Weekend Food Prep:

This recipe has been added to a category called Weekend Food Prep  to help you find recipes you can prep or cook on the weekend and eat during the week!

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Low-Carb Ham and Broccoli Casserole au Gratin

Yield 6 servings
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Additional Time 5 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes

This Low-Carb Ham and Broccoli Casserole au Gratin is a variation on a popular ham and cauliflower casserole that was suggested by a reader.

Ingredients

  • 6 cups (or slightly more) broccoli flowerets (about one pound after trimming)
  • 1/2 tsp. salt for broccoli cooking water
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sour cream (or use plain Greek yogurt if you prefer)
  • 2 T + 2 T coarsely grated Parmesan
  • 1 cup + 1/4 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions
  • 2 cups diced ham (I used a whole ham steak from Costco, which was slightly more than 2 cups)
  • black pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375F/190C. Spray a 8" x 12" (or similar size) casserole dish with non-stick spray.
  2. Take cream cheese out of the fridge and put into a bowl or measuring cup that's big enough to hold all the sauce ingredients.
  3. Let cream cheese soften on the counter while you prep other ingredients. You can partly soften cream cheese in the microwave by microwaving 20 seconds at a time and stirring until it's as soft as desired.
  4. Cut up enough broccoli to make 6 cups broccoli flowerets, or slightly more.
  5. Bring a pot of water to a boil, add salt, add broccoli, turn down to a low boil, and cook exactly 3 minutes.
  6. After 3 minutes, immediately drain broccoli into a colander placed in the sink and let it drain well.
  7. When the cream cheese is softened, mix in sour cream, 2 T coarsely grated Parmesan, 1 cup sharp cheddar, and sliced green onion.
  8. When broccoli is well drained, put it into a mixing bowl. (Pat the broccoli dry with paper towels if it seems very wet.)
  9. Gently stir the sauce mixture into the broccoli, making sure the broccoli pieces are all coated with sauce.
  10. Add ham cubes to the bowl and gently combine with the broccoli and sauce.
  11. Place broccoli/cheese/ham mixture into a 8" x 12" casserole dish and season with fresh-ground black pepper to taste.
  12. Sprinkle the remaining 1/4 cup sharp cheddar and 2 T coarsely grated Parmesan over the top of the casserole.
  13. Bake 30-35 minutes, or until lightly browned and bubbling hot.

Notes

This recipe was adapted from Low-Carb Ham and Cauliflower Casserole au Gratin and tested by Kalyn and Kara.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 318Total Fat: 23gSaturated Fat: 12gUnsaturated Fat: 7.4gCholesterol: 90mgSodium: 906mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 2.5gSugar: 4.2gProtein: 19g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.

If you make this recipe I'd love to hear how it turns out. Leave a star rating or share on social media with the hashtag #KALYNSKITCHEN, thanks!

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Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Low-Carb Ham and Broccoli Casserole au Gratin is a great dish for low-carb and Keto diet plans. This could be easily adapted to be suitable for any phase of the South Beach Diet by using lean ham and low-fat cheese and other dairy products, maybe using a bit less cream cheese and substituting a more SBD friendly option.

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    35 Comments on “Low-Carb Ham and Broccoli Casserole au Gratin (Video)”

  1. Good recipe but one doesn’t have to boil away the goodness in the broccoli, if it’s steamed you don’t even need salt. I think the days of boiling vegetables is gone.

  2. This looks yummy! It MUST have some fiber in it with all that broccoli. Your nutrient list says none.

    • I have no idea what happened, but some of that nutritional information definitely seems wrong. I am re-calculating it and fixing it right now. Thanks for telling me. (For a while I had someone helping me calculate nutritional information but it didn’t work out, lol! Although to be fair, it’s VERY hard to get it right, so many variables.)

      • When you recalculate the nutritional info, would you please estimate the net carbs per serving? Thanks so much! This recipe is delicious!

      • Karen, the new calculation is done. I am not going to do net carbs on 1,500+ recipes (the program I used doesn’t calculate net carbs) but I think you can get pretty close by just subtracting fiber from carbs and both those amounts are listed.

        Glad you enjoyed the recipe.

  3. Terrific recipe!! – I followed the instructions exactly (which, sometimes, I tend not to do 🙂 I have already passed this web link along to family members out-of-state.
    Keep up the great work!

  4. I add some garlic powder (because, why not?) but otherwise this is perfect. Makes for a great breakfast the next day, assuming there are any leftovers!

  5. Tasty did make a few changes. used combo of broccoli and cauliflower plus add scallions and celery. I did take pics, will try to post them.

  6. This is a fantastic, easy dish that’s perfect for a weeknight (and leftovers the next day). Thank you so much for this and for sharing. I can’t wait to try more of your recipes!

  7. I’m cooking for two.  Could this be split in half and frozen before baking?

    • I haven’t ever done it that way so I don’t know how it will work.

      If it was me, I would cook the whole thing; then freeze the leftovers (maybe in two small containers for two dinners for two leftover.) Then thaw and reheat covered when you want to eat the leftovers.

      The other way may work too, but I can’t say for sure.

      • Thanks! I decided not to try it. I think cream based casseroles don’t freeze well.  So we will just have a lot of leftovers!!  Good thing is that my husband LOOVED IT!  He’s kind of picky so that made me happy.  Oh… and I loved it, too! Thanks for a great recipe!

    • Andrea, so glad it was a hit!

  8. I just made this and it was amazing!!! Will definitely try more of your recipes. I like spice so I was thinking of adding jalapeno peppers the next time I made it but the recipe as is is fantastic.

  9. My husband and I are always looking for new recipes to add some variety to our low carb repertoire. This one was a real winner. I always cook my veggies by steaming them in the microwave, which lessons the need to drain the broccoli. But otherwise I made the recipe exactly as directed and it came out great. I really like that it’s not quite as cheesy as a lot of the keto casseroles.

  10. We made this tonight as directed and it was a hit. Very savory and filling. My one issue with it was that the broccoli was a bit overcooked. Next time I make this (and I will), I will try blanching the broccoli for only a minute instead of three.

  11. I made this with chicken and 2 slices of crumbled bacon rather than ham as I couldn’t find it in me to get out of pjs to go to the grocer lol. It turned out great. Next time I’m going to add just a little bit of cooked quinoa as a variation. 

  12. This looks amazing! Perfect as a Keto meal or a side dish to accompany a roast. One pot meals really are the best – so quick and easy to make and can be served straightaway! Sim x

  13. I made this for dinner tonight and it was delicious!

  14. How’d you recommend to preserve this recipe? My husband likes such dishes but our job schedules are way different than each other. Should I freeze it or keep it in food preservation tray?

  15. I love your recipes! Thank you so much for this, I will have to try making this at home.

  16. what do you think about using frozen brocoli?

    • Truthfully I am doubtful it will work that well. Since the frozen broccoli is pre-cooked, I think it will be really soft by the time the casserole is done, even if you reduce the cooking time.

      But if you do decide to try it, I’d love to hear how it works!