Ham and Cheese Quiche

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 Ham and Cheese Quiche: the tastiest and easiest recipe! To keep things as simple as possible, we’re starting with a store-bought pie crust and loading it up with an easy mixture of cubed ham, cheese, and eggs. This quiche recipe is super simple to adapt to your personal preference; use your favorite cheeses, favorite meat, or play around with different seasonings. 

There’s a whole lot to love about this recipe. Ham and Cheese Quiche can be prepared ahead of time, assembled in fifteen minutes or less, and leftovers store well. This is definitely a recipe you want in your arsenal for a last minute meal (breakfast, lunch or dinner!). It also makes a classy addition to your breakfast spread. Serve this quiche for brunch alongside a fruit salad or these breakfast chocolate muffins.

Overhead photo of Ham and Cheese Quiche being cut into.

The easiest-ever Ham and Cheese Quiche

My sisters and I recently threw a baby shower for our cousin who is due in just under a month. We decided it would be fun to do a crepe bar (tutorial for how to make crepes here) with all the toppings, this bread pudding recipe, and some punch. With that much sugar, we definitely needed to throw in some savory! My sister suggested one of her favorites: quiche. 

In the days leading up to the shower as we were pre-making crepes and working on decorations, I worked on a quiche recipe with a homemade pie crust and perhaps an over-complicated filling. My sisters vetoed that quiche quickly.

There simply isn’t always time to make everything from scratch or over-complicate something that can be done very quickly. Especially, as they argued, since we were in a rush to make a lot of things in a short time period.

So I simplified things drastically and what resulted is this recipe. A store-bought pie crust, a simple filling, and thumbs up all around. My sisters were obsessed with the quiche and it was the first thing gone at the shower!

Image of the eggs in the carton and an image of an egg being cracked into a bowl

Below I’m share process for making this quiche, some quiche FAQs, as well as a few tips and tricks.

How to make Ham and Cheese Quiche

  • Partially bake pie crust: Preheat the oven and bake the pie crust for 10 minutes. 
  • Cook onions: Melt butter in a small nonstick pan and cook onion until soft. Let cool slightly.
  • Whisk: Mix together eggs, half-and-half, and seasonings. A large bowl with a lip is helpful.
  • Add ingredients: Add in the diced ham (I buy store-bought diced ham or use leftover holiday ham!), Swiss cheese, and Cheddar cheese.
  • Bake: Pour everything into the partially baked pie crust, set the pie on a baking sheet, and bake!

Image of the milk and other ingredients being added to this easy Ham and Cheese Quiche.

Ham & Cheese Quiche FAQs

 
For leftovers: Once baked, let the quiche cool for up to 2 hours at room temperature and then refrigerate, tightly covered, for up to 3 days. (To reheat, cover with foil and bake at 325 degrees F until heated through). If you’re storing it in the freezer, baked quiche will store for up to 2 months in an airtight container.

Image of the quiche mixture being added to the crust for this Ham and Cheese Quiche.

Tips for making this easy quiche recipe

  • Watch the quiche as it bakes. If the crust is browning too quickly, cover the outside ring of the crust with a foil (or a pie shield) to keep it from browning further.
  • Don’t skip blind baking the crust. If you pour the egg mixture into the crust without baking it, that liquid will seep into the crust and prevent it from crisping up.
  • Bake it on the bottom rack of your oven. You’ll want to bake the quiche on the lower oven rack to ensure every inch of the crust gets golden brown and crisp.
  • Don’t over-bake! The best quiche will jiggle a little when you cut into (that tells you the quiche is extra creamy!) Bake until the edges are set, but you still have a little wobble in the center.

Overhead image of a slice of Ham and Cheese Quiche.

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Ham and Cheese Quiche

5 from 18 votes
Ham and Cheese Quiche is the tastiest and easiest recipe! To keep things as simple as possible, we're starting with a store-bought pie crust and loading it up with an easy mixture of cubed ham, cheese, and eggs. This quiche recipe is super simple to adapt to your personal preference; use your favorite cheeses, favorite meat, or play around with different seasonings. 
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Ham and Cheese Quiche

5 from 18 votes
Ham and Cheese Quiche is the tastiest and easiest recipe! To keep things as simple as possible, we're starting with a store-bought pie crust and loading it up with an easy mixture of cubed ham, cheese, and eggs. This quiche recipe is super simple to adapt to your personal preference; use your favorite cheeses, favorite meat, or play around with different seasonings. 
Course Appetizer, Breakfast, Dinner, lunch
Cuisine American, French
Keyword ham and cheese quiche
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 289kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 (9-inch) frozen ready-to-bake pie crust (MUST be deep dish)
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • Fine sea salt and freshly cracked pepper
  • 1 and 1/2 cups diced/cubed cooked ham (leftover holiday ham or store-bought)
  • 1 cup swiss cheese, freshly grated
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, freshly grated
  • Optional garnish: chopped chives, cooked and chopped bacon

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Place unwrapped frozen pie crust on a baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes. Remove and allow to cool slightly.
  • Add the butter to a nonstick pan and melt over medium-high heat. Add in the diced onion and cook 3-5 minutes or until soft and translucent. Add in the garlic and stir until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Remove, set aside, and allow to cool slightly.
  • In a large bowl, whisk the eggs until lightly beaten. Then whisk in the half-and-half, Italian seasoning, and salt and pepper to taste.
  • Gently stir in the cubed ham and both cheeses. Stir in the cooked onion and garlic. 
  • Pour filling into the pre-baked pie crust (still on the baking sheet) and bake on the lower oven rack for 35 to 42 minutes, or until set and very slightly jiggly in the center.
  • Serve warm with optional garnishes as desired.

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Nutrition Facts

Calories: 289kcal

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53 Comments

  1. I love ham. What a wonderful leftover. You can use it so many ways. This is a prime example.
    YUM!

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  2. A healthy and delicious dish for breakfast. I would really love to try this. I can taste wondeful flavors just by looking at it.

  3. 5 stars
    Thank you so much for your Ham and cheese Quiche recipe! I love it! I’ve refrained from attempting most quiche recipes, but this one truly is easy, and so delicious; it is destined to become my go-to recipe for leftover ham.

  4. 5 stars
    Turned out delicious. I added 3/4 of a red bell pepper, diced, and also added 1/4 tsp ground mustard. Used 1.5 C of Mexican blend cheese instead. Would make again. Very good!

        1. Hey Loida! It’s half heavy cream and half whole milk 🙂 You can use those both in equal parts in place of the half and half

  5. 5 stars
    The whole family love your ham and cheese quiche. Only problem is it doesn’t last long, and my fussy daughter is asking for it for lunch every day.

  6. 5 stars
    Don’t do quiche often since it’s loaded with calories but when I do they love it. I sprinkled some crushed red pepper for an tiny imperceptible zing.

  7. 5 stars
    Delicious! I used a Pillsbury refrigerated pie crust and did not prebake it. It wasn’t necessary. The bottom browned nicely without it.

  8. 5 stars
    Just made this recipe at one and a half times the ingredients, added baby spinach and split it into two regular size crusts. Was delicious and quick and I have leftovers! BTW, when I asked Google Home for a quiche recipe, it directed me to your recipe. Good for you!

          1. It might work; the bake time would be different; I wish I could give more direction but I’m not certain without personally experimenting.

  9. Hello!
    Could peppers and onions successfully be added to this recipe? And if so, would you recommend sauteing them first even if I intend to make the recipe the night before baking?

  10. 5 stars
    Hi again. 🙂 I just made this recipe again tonight using canned Flakes of Ham cut into cubes, a little packaged crumbled bacon, and some roasted red peppers that I keep in the freezer – 1.5 times the recipe in two crusts again. They’re baking now. Thanks again for your wonderful recipe. My next attempt will be salmon. Have a great holiday season.

  11. 5 stars
    After retiring and 49 yrs. of marriage I was looking for new recipes. My husband asked for a ham quiche. I’ve made them before but they were a little bland. We loved it! I am not used to using herbs in my recipes but the Italian seasoning and garlic made the quiche a big hit. So much tastier than my old recipe. It was delicious.

  12. 5 stars
    Hi there! This is my go to recipe for quiche. I found your recipe online after searching through dozens of search inquiries. I found yours, made it, LOVED IT, and then saved it on my home screen. My man LOVES THIS QUICHE TOO. I always change up the veggies but typically use turkey and Swiss and then ham and chedder. Always add green onions (scallions) love orange and green bell pepper. I learned the prebake method on the crust from your recipe so it doesn’t turn out soggy! So cool! Thank you for taking the time to share this. It is a staple in our household! You are so awesome!
    -Tess:)

    1. Ahhhh this comment seriously made my day!! I’m soo happy to hear how much you’ve loved this! It’s a staple in my home as well! Thanks so much! 🙂

  13. 5 stars
    Probably one of the best quiches I’ve ever made! Prebaking the crust is key to a crisp and unsoggy mess! I only had sharp cheddar and 2% milk and cannot get out to stores due to Coronavirus “stay at home” orders and it was perfectly delicious! Only other change I made was I had some green onions that I needed to use so I did half green and half regular onion. Baked 36 minutes and then let it sit for about 10 minutes to set and it was absolutely perfect! Thank you for this great recipe!

    1. I’m so happy to hear you loved this so much! And so glad you were able to work with what you had! Thanks for your comment! 🙂

  14. 5 stars
    Terrible! Soggy crust, no taste. Followed exactly, baking temp must be wrong! Baked for over 1 hour, still soggy.

    1. Sorry you didn’t enjoy this quiche, it’s one of my family’s favorite! Have you tested your oven temperature? Sounds like it might be off for it to not be baked after an hour plus.

  15. 5 stars
    Made this again this morning and absolutely delicious! Added rainbow peppers and spinach this time and only had cheddar and regular milk! Very versatile recipe and again turned out perfectly! I had extra mix I didn’t want to waste so sprayed a small Corning Ware dish and baked. Realized after it was in the oven I had forgotten the garlic and it was still fine. Thanks again for such a delicious quiche!

  16. 5 stars
    Have made this quiche many times and it is a super flexible recipe and always so good! I usually make 2, one with ham and one veggie (great for using up leftover veggies from the fridge!). I change up the cheeses sometimes depending on what I have, and use half 2% milk, the rest half and half. My family loves this recipe and it’s always a good night when we have the quiche!!

    1. This is the perfect Mothers Day breakfast! So glad you guys loved this Ham and Cheese Quiche! Thanks for your comment! 🙂

  17. 5 stars
    This recipe is awesomeness! I’m making it for the 5th time today and decided I’m going to add some spinach. I make 2 and deliver 1 to my Mothers retirement community, they cant get enough!! Thank you for this tasty quiche recipe!

    1. What a compliment! I’m so glad everyone has been loving this Ham and Cheese Quiche! Thanks so much for sharing Patricia! 🙂

  18. This was great used left over ham cheese horseradish and swiss onions and bacon so good ,had someleft over so but in a small crock and cooked came out great my girlfriend is doing ketosis so she loved it .

    1. Awesome! I’m so happy to hear you guys loved this Ham and Cheese Quiche so much! Thanks for your comment! 🙂

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