This turkey and noodle casserole recipe is an excellent way to use leftover turkey; it may also be made with chicken or ham. The casserole comes together with a simple sauce, mushrooms and vegetables, and shredded cheddar cheese.
The easy sauce for this casserole is made with condensed soup. A dash of curry powder and poultry seasoning add flavor to the sauce. Use drained canned mushrooms to cut prep time, or omit the mushrooms and use cream of celery or cream of chicken soup instead of cream of mushroom.
- 1 package (10 or 12 ounces) frozen peas, thawed under cool running water
- 2 cups diced cooked turkey (or ham)
- 1 1/2 cups cooked noodles
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1/4 cup chopped onion
- 8 ounces sliced mushrooms
- 1 can (10 3/4 ounces) condensed cream of mushroom soup
- 1/2 cup milk
- salt, to taste
- 1/4 teaspoon curry powder
- 1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Heat the oven to 350 F.
Butter a 2-quart baking dish.
In a large bowl, combine the thawed peas with the diced cooked turkey and cooked noodles.
In a medium saucepan, melt the 2 tablespoons of butter. Add the onion and mushrooms and cook, stirring, until tender; blend in soup, milk, and seasonings. Continue cooking, stirring frequently, until well blended and hot.
Pour the soup mixture over the turkey and noodle mixture and blend thoroughly.
Turn the noodle mixture into the prepared baking dish and top with shredded cheese. Bake in the preheated oven for about 25 to 30 minutes, until hot and bubbly.
Tips and Variations
- Replace the peas with steamed mixed vegetables or peas and carrots (about 1 1/2 cups).
- For a bread crumb topping, combine 1 cup of soft breadcrumbs with 2 tablespoons of melted butter. Sprinkle over the cheese layer before baking.
Reader Comments and Suggestions
"I only cook simple recipes (I'm a guy). We had some leftover turkey breasts, and this was simple and a big hit. Everybody had seconds!" D.J.
"I tried this recipe because my husband and I LOVE curry. I had some leftover jalapeno turkey breast that I needed something to do with. The only things I did differently — I used corkscrew pasta instead of noodles because that is what I had on hand. And also being such curry lovers, I doubled the amount of curry powder. May triple it next time. (That's how much we love curry!). This is a wonderful way to use leftover turkey. Thank you so much for sharing this!!" G.F.
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