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Ham, Broccoli and Orzo Casserole

Total Time

Prep: 30 min. Bake: 20 min.


8 servings

Updated: Jan. 04, 2023
A kid-pleaser and the perfect comfort food, this gooey orzo casserole is a complete meal in one. For an extra homey touch, I make mine in my favorite hand-me-down casserole dish from my Grandma Laverne. —Heather Arndt Anderson, Portland, Oregon
Ham, Broccoli and Orzo Casserole Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 2 cups uncooked orzo pasta
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups 2% milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1-1/2 cups cubed fully cooked ham
  • 2 cups chopped fresh broccoli
  • 2 cups chopped fresh kale
  • 1 cup french-fried onions


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large saucepan, bring stock to a boil; stir in orzo. Cook, uncovered, until orzo is al dente and broth is absorbed, 8-10 minutes .
  2. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, heat butter over medium heat. Stir in flour until blended; cook and stir until lightly browned, 4-5 minutes. Gradually whisk in milk, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly; cook and stir until thickened, 1-2 minutes. Stir in 1-1/2 cups cheese; cook until cheese is melted.
  3. Add orzo, ham, broccoli and kale. Transfer to a greased 13x9-in. baking dish; sprinkle with onions and remaining cheese. Bake, uncovered, until bubbly, 20-25 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

1 cup: 637 calories, 27g fat (14g saturated fat), 80mg cholesterol, 1386mg sodium, 66g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 3g fiber), 32g protein.

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