Don't just reheat and repeat—repurpose your leftovers in new, creative ways.


Pasta with Roasted Cauliflower and Ham

pasta with roasted cauliflower and ham

Brown butter with sage makes everything better, especially plain penne and ribbons of leftover ham. A fresh batch of roasted cauliflower turns this dish into a healthy dinner option.

White Bean & Ham Soup

white bean and ham soup

If you've got leftover ham hocks, dump them in a slow cooker with chicken broth, beans, carrots, celery, onions, garlic, and thyme—then ignore for five hours. When you're ready, shred the ham and serve with a side of crusty bread.

Recipe: Try our White Bean & Ham Soup

Waffled Ham & Cheese

Waffled Ham & Cheese

Don't settle for another boring ham sandwich. Take a few extra minutes to be mindful of your choices: sourdough bread rather than white, gruyere cheese instead of Swiss, and apricot jam to sweeten things up. Then—the pièce de résistance—squeeze it all into a waffle iron for a few melty minutes.

Recipe: Try our Waffled Ham & Cheese

Rach's Chicken Paillard Croque Monsieur or Madame

chicken paillard croque monsieur madame
Credit: Photography by Joseph De Leo

A more gourmet, lower carb swap for bread? Chicken.

Ham & Peas Casserole

ham and peas casserole

Use last night's baked ham for today's breakfast. With the addition of peas, cornbread, and thyme, it's a no-brainer.

Recipe: Try our Ham & Peas Casserole

Egg Tagliatelle with Ham & Peas

egg tagliatelle with ham peas

Add a boost of protein to your pasta with tiny cubes of ham, plus an indulgent touch with creamy, garlicky white wine sauce. Then a dusting—or dousing—of Parmigiano-Reggiano, of course.

Green Egg & Ham Sandwich

green egg and ham sandwich

It's impossible to say you don't like green eggs and ham with this breakfast sammie. "Green" basil and tarragon add a little something-something to last night's leftover ham, and a toasted challah roll holds it all together.

Recipe: Try our Green Egg & Ham Sandwich

Pineapple Ham Fried Rice

pineapple ham fried rice
Credit: Photography by Armando Rafael

Leftover ham is a great addition to any stir fry, but we love pairing it with this pineapple fried rice. Bonus points for using leftover rice, too.

Recipe: Try our Pineapple-Ham Fried Rice

Croque Monsieur Casserole

Croque Monsieur Casserole

Layers of crusty baguette, gruyere, and ham? Win-win-win.

Ham & Cheese Crepes

Ham & Cheese Crepes

No need to fuss with the headache of making homemade crepes—leave that to the experts. Just buy a frozen pack of the French treat, top with your leftovers, and pop in the oven.

Recipe: Try our Ham & Cheese Crepes

Ham & Cheddar Strata

Ham & Cheddar Strata

When you're done with dinner, cube up the uneaten ham and dump it in a baking dish with pumpernickel, eggs, milk, and cheese, then set it in the refrigerator overnight. Come morning, slide it in the oven and you'll have an easy, cheesy bake.

Recipe: Try our Ham & Cheddar Strata

Double-Baked Double-Stuffed Potatoes

double baked double stuffed potatoes

Don't just double-bake potatoes—double-stuff them, too. The recipe works for both sweet and regular potatoes, and we like it best with broccoli, black beans, ham, and loads of cheddar cheese.

Ham, Cheese & Apple Pie-Ninis

Ham, Cheese & Apple Pie-Ninis
Credit: Photography by Peter Ardito

Bought too much pie for the holidays? No problem—pile ham, cheese, and pie high on sourdough, then get melty and enjoy. Leftovers for days.

Richard Blais's Use-It-Up Ramen

use it up ramen
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Raid your kitchen to make this upgraded version of the college student's holy grail. Leftovers work great for the toppings, too—including pork, hot dogs, bacon, and chicken.

Recipe: Try Richard Blais's Use-It-Up Ramen

Croque Madame Crepes

These crepes have cheese broiled on the inside, plus a cheesy béchamel sauce to pour over. If that's not happiness, we don't know what is.

Recipe: Try our Croque Madame Crepes

Zucchini, Potato and Ham Soup

zucchini potato and ham soup

This filling soup checks three boxes: veggies, proteins, and starches. With a piece of pumpernickel for dipping, you'll definitely want seconds.

Mac & Cheese with Leeks and Ham

mac and cheese with leeks and ham

A grown-up version of the childhood dish, this pasta bake is packed with flavor and broiled for a crispy finish. The tiny dash of tabasco feels more adult, too.

Corn & Ham Fritters

Corn & Ham Fritters
Credit: Photography by Christopher Testani

Mayo and hot sauce make the perfect dip for these fried snacks. Full corn kernels, cornbread mix, and a dollop of Dijon mustard give the fritters a fuller flavor.

Recipe: Try our Corn & Ham Fritters

Rotisserie Chicken Cubano

chicken cubano
Credit: Photography by Johnny Miller

Another perfect leftover ham lunch! Cubanos layer mustard, pickles, and Swiss cheese, but this one packs an extra protein punch with the addition of rotisserie chicken—yet another way to use up leftovers.

Recipe: Try our Rotisserie Chicken Cubano

Cauliflower and Ham au Gratin

Cauliflower and Ham au Gratin

Cheesy bakes are usually incredibly rich and decadent, but this one swaps potatoes for healthier cauliflower. With all the layers of creamy goodness—plus the bits of ham—you won't even taste the difference.

French Bread Pizza

French Bread Pizza

For an extra crusty take on pizza, slice a baguette lengthwise and top it with all the usual suspects. This version uses white sauce instead of red, which pairs nicely with ham and gruyere.

Recipe: Try our French Bread Pizza