Ham & Cheese Lasagna

April 21, 2019
Monterey Jack-infused white sauce with ham and mushrooms make for a different & delicious twist on classic lasagna in this creamy Ham & Cheese Lasagna.  It's one very tasty way to enjoy that leftover ham.

Ham & Cheese Lasagna Image ~ Monterey Jack white sauce with chopped ham and mushrooms make for a deliciously different twist on classic lasagna.

Got ham?

Sure, I bet many of us have some leftover Easter ham in the fridge, ... or have popped some in the freezer.  Well, this Ham & Cheese Lasagna is my absolute favorite way to enjoy our leftover Easter ham.

Hands-down my favorite.  Though Ham Salad and Slow Cooker Ham & Corn Chowder are each a very close second.

Truth be told though, I can take ZERO credit for actually cooking our family's Easter ham.  No.  My Mom handles all of that.

I did make this Ham & Cheese Lasagna with the leftovers she shared, however.

My mom created this recipe.  Way back when I was a kid, and I still love it today. 

It's kind of our Easter tradition - Every year Mom sends me home with a little goodie bag of ham leftover from our family's Easter dinner.  And every year I chop it up and make her Ham & Cheese Lasagna to enjoy it.

My mom created this recipe way back when I was a kid, and I still love it today.

Serving of Ham & Cheese Lasagna Image

Instead of a traditional red sauce, this ham version of lasagna is made with a Monterey Jack cheese-infused white sauce.

After stirring in chopped ham and some fresh mushrooms, it then goes the traditional lasagna route by layering that yummy sauce up with cooked lasagna noodles.  The top then receives a generous sprinkling of more Montery Jack cheese, which turns a beautifully tasty light golden brown once baked.

And my oh my, the result is sure tasty.

Instead of a traditional red sauce, this ham version of lasagna is made with a Monterey Jack cheese-infused white sauce.

If you've got a hankering for Ham & Cheese Lasagna but don't have leftover ham, no worries.

Just buy a ham steak and chop it up.  Or even ask the deli to cut you a couple of thick ham slices ... like about 1/4-inch thick ... and just chop that up.  Both work just fine!

If you do have leftover ham and are looking for a new way to enjoy it, then my Mom's Ham & Cheese Lasagna is just the thing for you.

I hope you enjoy it as much as our family does.

Check out these other fabulous recipes for enjoying leftover ham:
Baking Pan of Ham & Cheese Lasagna Image
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Main Dishes
Yield: 10-12 servings

Ham & Cheese Lasagna

Monterey Jack-infused white sauce with ham and mushrooms make for a different & delicious twist on classic lasagna in this creamy Ham & Cheese Lasagna. It's one very tasty way to enjoy that leftover ham.
prep time: 35 Mcook time: 40 Mtotal time: 75 M


  • 9 to 12 lasagna noodles
  • 1/2 c. chopped onion
  • 2 T. butter
  • 3 T. all-purpose flour
  • 2 c. milk
  • 1 c. cottage cheese
  • 2 c. shredded Monterey Jack cheese, divided
  • 2 c. finely chopped fully cooked ham
  • 1 (8 oz.) package fresh mushrooms {or substitute 8 oz. canned mushrooms}
  • 1 T. dried parsley


How to make Ham & Cheese Lasagna

  1. Cook lasagna noodles according to package directions; drain and set aside.
  2. Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat; add chopped onion and mushrooms; cook until tender, about 4 to 5 minutes.
  3. Blend in flour until onions are well coated. Add milk all at once; cook and stir over medium heat until thickened and just beginning to bubble, about 5 to 7 minutes.
  4. Add cottage cheese and 1 cup of the shredded Monterey Jack cheese; stir until melted. Stir in the ham, mushrooms, and parsley. Remove from heat.
  5. In a 9x13" baking dish coated with non-stick cooking spray, arrange three lasagna noodles and top with 1/3 of the ham mixture. Repeat to create two more layers of noodles and sauce. Sprinkle the remaining cup of shredded Monterey Jack cheese on top.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes. Remove lasagna from the oven and let stand for 15 minutes before serving.
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You might also enjoy these other delicious ham dishes:

This post is linked with Weekend PotluckMeal Plan Monday.


  1. What a great way to change up lasagna! Look delicious!

  2. Awesome, Thanks for linking up to MM . Paula @Callmepmc.com

  3. Sure wish I had seen this before I fixed tonight's dinner with leftover ham! :-/ I love white sauce with my lasagna. This looks awesome. Thanks so much for linking up at Weekend Potluck...please come again soon.

  4. This sounds amazing, and I bet my family would love it! Thanks so much for sharing at Time to Sparkle Tuesday : )

    xoxo Liz

  5. I sooo love this flavor combo. I'm featuring this lovely recipe as my personal favorite at Weekend Potluck today. C'mon over and snag your Featured Button! =)

    1. Thank you so much for the feature! I love participating in Weekend Potluck each week.

  6. Hi there! This looks delicious! I've never heard of ham and cheese lasagna before; what a great idea! I'm pinning this!

    I'm visiting from http://www.artistic31mama.com and the Weekend Potluck party. I'm a new follower and glad to have found you. :-)

    1. Welcome, Faith! We're glad you found us, too, and are glad to have you here following along.

  7. This sounds wonderful! We always have a lot of leftover ham and I'm always looking for new ideas. Pinned to try!

    1. After the holidays we too are looking for ways to use the ham that is leftover. Our family really enjoys this recipe....I hope your family enjoys it as well.

    2. Perfect timing to re-pin the post and get my ingredients all ready; we're having a huge ham this weekend and I know we'll have lots of leftovers to use up.

  8. Very nice, thanks for sharing with Hearth and soul blog hop, pinning.

  9. I love your Ham and Cheese Lasagna, it looks delicious. Hope you are having a great week and thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with us at Full Plate Thursday. We look forward to seeing you again real soon!
    Miz Helen

  10. Can you substitute ricotta cheese for the cottage cheese? No one in my house is a fan of cottage cheese?

  11. Jeanne Z

    Your ham and cheese lasagna was wonderful. We made it with the cottage cheese and you would never guess it was in there. Thanks for the great recipe which is going into the make again pile.

  12. Pinned! Love the idea of using Monterey Jack in the cheese sauce, Tracey, and what a great way to use up leftover ham. Thank you for sharing your Ham & Cheese Lasagna with us at Hearth and Soul. Hope to see you again this week!

  13. Wondering what alterations would have to be made if I am using the Oven-Ready Lasagna sheets??? Thanks for any suggestions!

  14. I always love to find recipes that will reuse leftovers from a large ham. This looks delicious. Thanks for sharing your recipes with us at #HomeMattersParty

  15. Great tasting recipe, bought a ham steak and used small curd cottage cheese..this was easy to make and well received...Kudos..thxs bill k

  16. What a great idea! I never thought of making a meat lasagne with anything other than beef mince! Thanks for sharing at Fiesta Friday.

  17. What a great version of lasagna and a great way to use leftover ham! Thanks for sharing at the What's for Dinner party - hope to see you there tomorrow too!


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