Turkey and Noodle Casserole
Quickly throw together a wholesome weeknight meal using up any leftover turkey you might have on hand. This turkey and noodle casserole is comforting, and a perfect way to transform that leftover turkey into a whole new meal. Tender pasta, a creamy sauce, juicy chicken, and mixed vegetables in every bite.
This Turkey & Noodle Casserole is so delicious and so easy to make it is my number one after the holidays’ survival tool. Every year I host either Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner. I love the holidays and love all of the planning, the cooking, the taste testing and family time.
What my kids and husband do not love about our hosting a holiday, is the boring leftovers. I live in a household of people that do not LOVE leftovers! I have no idea how this happened, but my solution is to get a little creative with our leftovers. I love to take my leftover turkey and make this easy and delicious Turkey & Noodle Casserole.
For other delicious Turkey, recipes check out these Simple Turkey Leftovers Recipes.
Quick and Easy Turkey and Noodle Casserole
One question I have been asked is can you make this with fresh turkey? Yes, just cook your chicken how you planned to and then shred the chicken and use it in this noodle casserole.
The sauce is condensed soup to help speed up your prep time even more. Add in your ingredients, mix well, and bake to bubbly perfection. Now, we use frozen vegetables because they are easy, and they keep their tender flavor once they get baked, and don’t end up mushy.
Versatile Turkey and Noodle Casserole
Don’t like green beans, then leave them out. The beauty of this casserole is the versatility of it. You can swap and omit ingredients you don’t like. Sometimes we even add in canned mushrooms, it is truly finding what you have on hand and make it work. Or you can skip the vegetables altogether if you are not a fan.
Or if you have leftover chicken use that in replace to the turkey. It will taste just as good! There are no set rules for this recipe.
Health Benefits From Eating Turkey
Turkey is a great protein to reach for when cooking. I don’t box turkey into the holiday season, I love making it year round. Here are a few health benefits you will gain from eating turkey.
- Turkey is loaded with protein, which is lean. For around 4 ounces of turkey, it will have around 32 grams of protein.
- Also, turkey has a lower saturated fat so it can be a good option for people who are looking at watching saturated fat in their meals.
- You will also gain nutrients from that slice of turkey. From Vitamin B and niacin, they will help give your body a boost. B6 is great for maintaining a steady blood sugar level, which is great for diabetics.
As you can see turkey is a good protein to serve up anytime of the year. I love to use up all of our leftover turkey at the holidays in fun ways like this casserole. But, I also love a wholesome turkey sandwhich with a layer of cranberry slathered on the bread.
Give this recipe a try and let me know what you guys think. If you are a fan of creamy based casseroles I totally think this recipe will be right up your alley!
- 2-3 cups of leftover turkey, chopped
- 1 12 oz. box of bowtie pasta
- ¼ cup butter
- 1 12 oz. package frozen, mixed vegetables
- 6 tbsp flour
- 2 cups milk
- 2 cans cream of chicken soup
- 1 ¼ cups sour cream
- Salt & pepper
- Optional, shredded cheese for topping
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9x13 pan with non-stick cooking spray, set aside.
- Boil bowtie pasta, according to package directions, until just al dente.
- Meanwhile, in a large skillet, add ¼ cup of butter and heat over medium heat, until melted. Add frozen vegetables, and cook until just thawed.
- Add 6 tbsp flour and mix well. Cook 1-2 minutes. Stir in milk, and bring mixture to a boil. Cook 4-5 minutes over medium heat, stirring frequently, until thickened.
- Add cooked turkey, cream of chicken soups, sour cream, and salt and pepper (to taste, I prefer to be generous, this makes a big dish). Mix until well combined.
- Add in cooked, drained pasta, and stir to combine.
- Pour mixture into your 9x13 pan and cover with foil. Bake in the oven for 25 minutes, until casserole is thoroughly heated through.
- Optional, top with shredded cheese and bake another 10-15 minutes, until cheese is melted.
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 284 Saturated Fat: 12g Cholesterol: 77mg Sodium: 180mg Carbohydrates: 11g Sugar: 5g Protein: 11g