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Cheesy Zucchini Ham Bake

Cheesy zucchini ham bake? Oh yes! Got leftover ham? Use that. Or if you don’t, pick up a slice of ham at the grocery store, and you’ll have the foundation for this delicious one-pan meal!

This is a delicious one-dish meal and a great casserole to serve at a family dinner or bring to a potluck. I love how this family dinner casserole is flavorful, nutritious, and easy to make. For those reasons, it’s a great dish to add to your regular meal rotation.

Baked cheesy zucchini and ham casserole in a pan and on a plate

Zucchini is one of my favorite vegetables because it’s so versatile and goes with so many different foods. It’s an excellent ingredient for casseroles, stews, soups, and one-pan meals. We even like roasted or baked zucchini with nothing but a drizzle of olive oil, salt, and pepper.

Easy One-Pan Meal

One-pan meals make it easy to get dinner on the table quickly. They’re also great for cleanup because you don’t have as many pots and pans to scrub. It also has several of the food groups. In addition to having the vegetables, you’ll get protein from the ham and minerals from the cheese and milk. In other words, you’re getting food from all of the major food groups with this dish.

Delicious cheesy zucchini and ham casserole


All of the ingredients for this ham casserole are available at any grocery store. Here are the items you’ll need:

  • 3 zucchinis cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1 can of corn
  • 1/2 cup diced ham
  • 1/2 cup chopped tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup chopped onions
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup chopped jalapeno peppers (optional)
Corn, tomatoes, ham, onions, and zucchini are all used to make this zucchini bake.

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How to Make a Cheesy Zucchini Ham Bake

First, sauté the onions until they become translucent. Next, add the cut-up zucchini and diced tomatoes. Add the ham and corn to the skillet. Stir and continue cooking until everything in the skillet is hot. Now is the time to add the jalapeno peppers if you want them.

Zucchini, ham, corn, and tomatoes in a casserole for the zucchini bake.

After the mixture is hot and the vegetables are fully cooked, pour them into a greased casserole dish.

Combine the milk with some of the cheese in a saucepan. Heat it until the cheese melts.

Cheese and milk in a saucepan

Add nutmeg, salt, and pepper, stirring constantly. After the cheese mixture starts to bubble, pour it over the vegetables and ham.

Uncooked Casserole

Sprinkle the remaining cheese over everything. Bake until the top is golden brown. This is such a delicious dish you might wind up putting it in your regular dinner rotation. At least it’s something you can feel good about feeding your family.

Serving of cheesy zucchini and ham bake

Serve this delicious casserole over rice, mashed potatoes, or pasta. It’s even good served over southern-style cornbread. Or enjoy it all by itself! It’s delicious no matter how you eat it!

Cheesy zucchini ham bake casserole


After a hearty meal like this cheesy zucchini ham bake, I like to serve a lighter dessert. One of our favorites is this lemon meringue pie.

Or you might want this delicious and easy-to-make 2-ingredient apple cake. Both the pie and the cake can be made in less than an hour, so you won’t spend all day in the kitchen.

More One-Dish Meals

If you like the cheesy zucchini ham bake, you’ll enjoy this mac-and-cheese with ham casserole and this shepherd’s pie.

Yield: 4 servings

Cheesy Zucchini Ham Bake

Baked cheesy zucchini and ham bake

This delicious cheesy zucchini ham bake is delicious, nutritious, and oh-so satisfying. The whole family will enjoy eating their vegetables.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes


  • 3 zucchinis cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1 can of corn
  • 1/2 cup of diced ham
  • 1/2 cup of chopped tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup of chopped onions
  • 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup of milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup of chopped jalapeno peppers (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a medium casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a large skillet, sauté the onions until they are translucent. Add the zucchini and tomatoes. Continue cooking until the zucchini is tender. 
  3. Add the ham and corn. 
  4. If you want to add jalapeno peppers, do it now. (Normally, I would, but I didn’t this time.) 
  5. Pour into the casserole dish.
  6. In a small saucepan, heat the milk on medium until it begins to bubble. Add 2/3 cup of cheese and nutmeg and stir until well mixed. Salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Pour the milk and cheese over the mixture in the casserole dish. Sprinkle the last 1/3 cup of cheese on top.
  8. Bake for approximately 20 minutes, until the top turns golden brown.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 197Total Fat 12gSaturated Fat 6gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 4gCholesterol 42mgSodium 446mgCarbohydrates 11gFiber 1gSugar 3gProtein 13g

The nutrition information is a product of online calculators. I try to provide true and accurate information, but these numbers are estimates.

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Thursday 20th of July 2023

A friend shared this with me. We're low carb, so I omitted the corn. This is so tasty! And a great way to use up large zucchinis! Thank you!


Friday 21st of July 2023

Hi Steph. I'm so glad you enjoyed this dish!


Saturday 18th of March 2023

It was tasty, but very runny. Next time I make it I would either include eggs or butter and flour to thicken it.


Saturday 18th of March 2023

Hi Amanda. Great idea! Some people serve it over noodles, rice, or potatoes, but I prefer it as-is. I can't use flour to thicken food because of my gluten intolerance. However, eggs would help firm it right up.


Sunday 22nd of January 2023

I'm going to make this, sound so good! What would be a good side? I don't want to make white rice, but maybe a rice pilaf? I browsed a couple of your recipes all look delicious and I'm always looking for recipes my picky husband will eat.


Sunday 22nd of January 2023

Hi Olga. Rice pilaf would be good. Or you can make mashed potatoes or serve it with your favorite noodles.

Lisa D.

Friday 22nd of July 2022

Hi! I'm thinking of trying this recipe, but I wanted to add sliced potatoes. Have you ever add potatoes?


Friday 22nd of July 2022

Hi Lisa. I haven't tried that, but I think it would be delicious! You can either parboil them and add them to the casserole or cook them separately and serve the casserole over a bed of potatoes. I'll have to try that. It sounds really good! Thanks for the idea!


Sunday 24th of October 2021

Tasty but this needs to either be thickened with a true cream sauce to which you add cheese. As us it's a soupy texture rather than a casserole texture. Can serve over rice or noodles tho.


Sunday 24th of October 2021

Hi Jana. I love this casserole over noodles or rice!

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