This Ham and Cheese Quiche recipe is a crowd-pleaser, whether you serve it for breakfast, brunch, or dinner. A cheesy egg filling is loaded with chopped ham and baked into a flaky pastry crust.
Quiche has a fancy French name that might make you think it’s a chore to make, but it really couldn’t be any easier—if you have the right recipe, of course. Some quiches are too eggy, others don’t have quite the right texture, and still others take way longer in the oven than they’re supposed to. This Ham and Cheese Quiche is different, though!
Easy Ham and Cheese Quiche Recipe
Let me tell you—this quiche recipe will never let you down. The filling has that perfect light texture, and all the cheese ensures that it’s not too eggy so even egg-haters will enjoy this quiche. Ham adds protein and flavor, and when you pull it out of the oven, the top of the quiche is beautifully browned and the cheese is crispy in spots. So good!
A little secret you should know about quiche is that once you have the basic formula down, you can customize it with different add-ins. I have some ideas for you below or you can come up with your own!
- Pie Crust – Use store-bought or my go-to pie crust recipe
- Heavy cream – Or use half and half
- Chopped ham – I use ham steak cut into ¼ inch pieces
- Shredded cheese – Cheddar, Swiss, or Gruyere are all good
- Green onions
- Chopped parsley
How to Make Quiche
Make the pie crust as directed on the package (or my pie crust recipe), using the instructions for a filled single-crust pie.
2. Make the Quiche Filling
Beat the eggs in a large bowl, then stir in the heavy cream, ham, cheese, green onions, parsley, salt, and pepper.
Pour the filling mixture into the pie crust.
Place the quiche on a sheet pan and bake for 45 to 50 minutes, or until the center is set and the crust is golden brown. Let the quiche cool for about 10 minutes on a wire rack before cutting and serving.
Here are some more filling ideas for homemade quiche:
- Quiche Lorraine – Add crumbled bacon, Swiss cheese, and onion.
- Broccoli Cheddar – Add chopped steamed broccoli florets and cheddar.
- Spinach Quiche – Add cooked spinach and garlic, a pinch of nutmeg, and use any cheese you like.
Is quiche healthy?
Quiche is loaded with protein, which makes it more nutritious than a lot of other breakfast options! It can be high in calories, though, so make sure you keep an eye on your portions. If you’re on a low-carb diet, you can make this recipe without the crust.
What’s the difference between a quiche and a frittata?
Frittatas are made without a crust. They’re often made in a cast iron skillet and started on the stovetop, then popped in the oven to finish cooking.
What does quiche taste like?
This depends on the recipe you use! Some recipes have a strong egg flavor; personally, I’m not a fan. The taste of eggs comes in a distant third to the cheese and ham in this recipe, so even if you don’t like scrambled eggs or omelets, you’ll probably like this one!
Quiche is great as part of a holiday breakfast or brunch spread. I like making it with a sweet breakfast casserole like baked French toast so you can have a slice of something sweet and a slice of something savory! If you’re making this for dinner, serve it over a bed of greens with a simple homemade salad dressing.
How to Store Leftovers
If you have a lot of leftovers, leave them in the pie dish and cover the top with plastic wrap; otherwise, transfer the quiche to an airtight container. Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 or 4 days and heat it in the microwave until warmed through. Quiche can also be frozen for up to 2 months.
More Savory Breakfast Recipes to Try
- Easy Breakfast Casserole
- Keto Sausage & Egg Breakfast Bowls
- Ham & Cheese Breakfast Casserole
- Bacon & Gruyere Sous Vide Egg Bites
- Pie Crust or store bought frozen pie crust
- 5 eggs
- 1 1/4 cups heavy cream or half and half
- 1 1/4 cups ham chopped – I like to use ham steak cut into ¼ inch pieces
- 1 cup cheese shredded – cheddar, swiss, or gruyere
- 1/4 cup chopped green onions
- 2 tbsp chopped parsley
- ½ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp pepper
- Prepare the pie crust as directed on the package for a filled pie.
- While crust is baking prepare the quiche filling.
- In a mixing bowl whisk eggs with a fork until blended.
- Add heavy cream, ham, cheese, green onions, parsley, salt and pepper.
- Stir mixture until blended.
- Pour mixture into pie crust.
- Bake the quiche on top of a sheet pan in the middle of the oven until the surface and crust are golden brown, about 45 to 50 minutes.
- Let rest on a wire rack until slightly warm before slicing.