Leftover Turkey Casserole

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Leftover turkey recipes are great to have and this easy leftover turkey casserole is the perfect Thanksgiving leftover casserole!

Creativity is the key ingredient with making Thanksgiving leftover recipes. You can make a leftover breakfast casserole, turkey lettuce wraps, or a turkey gobbler sandwich!

(What’s a turkey gobbler sandwich? Turkey, stuffing, and cranberry stuffed in a hoagie roll!)

A bowl of food with pasta and turkey

After days of cooking and cleaning, all home cooks want to relax the days after Thanksgiving.

Casseroles are the answer when it comes to easy and hearty meals! You can make casseroles with bread, pasta, rice, or even just vegetables!

What is in a leftover turkey casserole?

This turkey casserole recipe does not have the traditional “Thanksgiving” profile. There are no cranberries, potatoes, or stuffing ingredients to be found in this turkey casserole.

bowl of leftover turkey casserole

Ingredients used in turkey casserole:

This leftover turkey casserole recipe is made with short noodles tossed in a creamy mushroom and chicken sauce, with bites of peas and green beans, and covered with a simple crunchy and cheese topping!

The beauty of this turkey casserole recipe is that it uses ingredients you already have on hand!

Topping Ingredients

  • panko or breadcrumbs
  • grated Parmesan cheese
  • melted butter

Casserole Ingredients

  • rotini noodles (or any short noodle)
  • leftover turkey (diced)
  • frozen peas
  • frozen green beans 
  • condensed cream of mushroom soup
  • cream of chicken soup
  • milk
  • salt and pepper
ingredients for leftover turkey casserole

How To Make Turkey Leftover Casserole

To make this easy casserole recipe, begin with preheating the oven. Preheating the oven ensures that your casserole cooks with an even temperature.

Next, in a small bowl mix together the butter, cheese, and either bread crumbs or panko and then set mixture to the side.

Are breadcrumbs and panko the same thing?

Breadcrumbs and panko are used for the same reasons -coating foods and adding a crunchy texture.

Panko is crunchier and a bit thicker than breadcrumbs, perfect for toppings!

pouring butter over cheese

In a small bowl, mix together the cooked noodles, cubed turkey, frozen peas, and frozen green beans.

turkey, pasta, green beans, peas in a bowl

Tips for success with making casserole:

  • Use Frozen Vegetables– Using frozen vegetables helps with keeping the vegetables a bit firmer compared to using canned vegetables during the baking process. (If you have fresh green beans with no recipe in mind, definitely use that!)
  • Under Cook The Pasta– Whether you use rotini or another short pasta noodle, under cook the pasta by about two minutes from al dente! Remember, the baking process will finish cooking the noodles for a firm, yet soft pasta!
  • Cut Turkey Into Bite Sized Chunks- It can be tempting to take a hand mixer and shred leftover turkey, but this recipe really works best if you cube your leftover turkey. This helps keep the texture of the turkey casserole consistent. Also, bite sized chunks so no one chokes.
pouring milk over casserole

To the same large bowl (or you can use a separate bowl), add both soups, salt, and pepper and mix it together.

I personally like to mix the soups in a separate small bowl so I can taste for seasonings before pouring over the pasta.

If you find that your sauce mixture is too thick, pour a small amount of milk to your casserole to thin it out.

Do I have to use cream of mushroom soup for my turkey casserole recipe?

Using cream of mushroom soup for a turkey casserole is a great way to add variety, but you can switch it out with a second can of cream of chicken, or even some cream of celery.

If you choose to use cream of celery, add in a pinch of dry rubbed sage and onion powder to give it a Thanksgiving flavor profile!

A bowl of food  with noodles, vegetables and turkey

Finally, pour the leftover turkey casserole with noodles over a well-greased casserole pan.

Spoon over an even layer of the topping mixture over the turkey casserole.

sprinkling parmesan cheese over casserole

You can be a bit extra by adding some shredded cheese (mozzarella would work great here).

unbaked leftover turkey casserole

Bake turkey casserole for 20 minutes or until the top is bubbly and golden brown in spots.

Should I cover my turkey casserole when baking?

For this quick casserole recipe, covering the casserole while baking is not necessary.

baked  leftover turkey casserole

What To Serve With Turkey Casserole

Since this turkey casserole recipe is essentially a one pan meal, sides are optional! Hopefully, there are still sides leftover from Thanksgiving like:

A tossed salad, a serving of fresh fruit, or steamed vegetables would compliment this turkey casserole recipe well!

A bowl of food on a plate, with noodles and cheese

Can you freeze a turkey casserole?

Yes, you can freeze a leftover turkey casserole if you store it in an airtight container that can be protected from being freezer burnt.

If you’re doing this intentionally, skip making the topping until you’re ready to bake it!

You can freeze the turkey casserole for up to three months.

For a better result with storing leftover turkey casseroles, refrigerate while covered for 1-2 days.

fork full of turkey casserole

Here are some other casserole recipes we think you may enjoy!

Leftover Turkey Casserole in a bowl
Leftover Turkey Casserole in a bowl

Leftover Turkey Casserole

4.67 from 3 votes
Leftover turkey recipes are great to have and this easy leftover turkey casserole is the perfect Thanksgiving leftover casserole!
Servings 6
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes

Ingredients
 

Topping

  • ½ cup panko or breadcrumbs
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese
  • ¼ cup melted butter

Casserole

  • 3 cups cooked rotini noodles
  • 2 cups cooked leftover turkey (diced)
  • 1 cup frozen peas (unthawed)
  • 1 cup frozen green beans (unthawed)
  • 10.5 ounce can condensed cream of mushroom soup (undiluted)
  • 10.5 ounce can condensed cream of chicken soup (undiluted)
  • 1 cup milk
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9×13 inch casserole dish with cooking spray. Set aside.
  • In a small bowl, prepare the topping by mixing the panko, parmesan cheese and melted butter until crumbly. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, mix the cooked noodles, turkey, peas, green beans, both soups, milk salt and pepper. Stir until well combined then place in prepared casserole dish.
  • Sprinkle the cheese topping evenly on the top.
  • Bake in preheated oven, uncovered, for about 20 minutes or until the dish is nice and bubbly and slightly golden on top.
  • Serve immediately with a side salad or some bread.

Notes

The calories shown are based on the recipe being divided 6 ways, with 1 serving being ⅙ of the recipe. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the calories shown are just an estimate. **We are not dietitians and recommend you seek a nutritionist for exact nutritional information.**

Nutrition

Calories: 367kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 57mg | Sodium: 1238mg | Potassium: 310mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 730IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 140mg | Iron: 3mg
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Calories 367
Keyword leftover turkey, pasta casserole, turkey casserole, turkey recipes
A close up of a plate of food with vegetables and noodles

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I'm Julie Clark, CEO and recipe developer of Tastes of Lizzy T. With my B.A. in Education and over 30 years of cooking and baking, I want to teach YOU the best of our family recipes.

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