Recipe: Ham with White Sauce over Rice with Cost Breakdown

My Mother made this recipe growing up as a great way to use up leftover ham or as a great way to stretch a little bit of ham.  This is delicious recipe that is super easy!  This recipe is budget friendly at $1.10 per serving and makes 6-8 servings.


  • 3 Tbls Butter
  • 4 Tbls Flour
  • 4 Cups of Milk
  • 2 Cups of Chicken Broth
  • 2 Cups of Chopped Ham
  • 1 Clove of Minced Garlic
  • Salt & Pepper to Taste


Melt your butter over medium low heat.  Once the butter is melted add the flour and mix well.  It will look thick and pasty.

Next add 1 cup of milk and whisk until smooth (about 2 minutes).  Once it is smooth add the remaining 3 cups of milk, continue to whisk slowly.

As soon as your milk starts to gentle boil, turn down to low and then add your ham, garlic and salt and pepper to taste.  Continue stirring frequently so that is does not scorch.  Allow to continue on low heat 10-15 minutes stirring frequently.  Remove from heat and cover.  Allow to sit about 5 minutes to continue to thicken.

Serve over cooked brown rice.


Cost Breakdown

4 Tbls Butter-$.50 @ Kroger $3.99/lb Organic Butter

4 Tbls Flour-$.15 @ Azure Standard $.60 a Cup

4 Cups of Milk-$.76 Local Raw Millk or $1.50 Organic Private Selection Milk @ Kroger $5.99 Gallon

2 Cups of Chicken Broth-$0 used Homemade broth

2 Cups of Chopped Ham-$3.50 Approximately from Whole Foods

1 Clove of Minced Garlic-$.15 Wal-Mart Organic Minced Garlic

Salt & Pepper to Taste

6 Cups of Cooked Rice-$3.00 Rice Select Organic @ Whole Foods $5.99 for 5.5 Uncooked Rice

The total cost breakdown for this recipe is $8.80 for 6-8 servings using organic ingredients or $1.10 per serving.  Serve with a green veggie or salad and have a delicious meal!

6 thoughts on “Recipe: Ham with White Sauce over Rice with Cost Breakdown”

    1. Chris there are so many things to do with chicken broth! Soups, chilis, gravy, chicken and dumplings! I love to have chicken broth on hand!

      1. In your recipe, 2 cups of chicken broth is listed as an ingredient, but it is not listed in the actual recipe itself – only the 4 cups of milk. I believe that is what Chris was referring to. Seems that would be too much liquid to make a white sauce if you included the 2 cups of chicken broth along with the 4 cups of milk. Thanks.

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