Turkey-Cheese Macaroni Bake Recipe

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"My family requests this casserole all year," says Doris Rector of Comanche, Oklahoma. "It's a great way to use up leftover turkey, and it freezes well, too. I lightened up the original recipe by reducing the butter in the sauce and substituting reduced-fat cheese and fat-free milk."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 35 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 35 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1 cup uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 cups fat-free milk
  • 2 cups cubed cooked turkey breast
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1/4 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh parsley

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 307 calories, 11g fat (7g saturated fat), 72mg cholesterol, 363mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 1g fiber), 25g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1-1/2 starch, 1 fat.


  1. Cook macaroni according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a saucepan, saute the onion in butter. Add the flour, salt, pepper and thyme; stir until blended. Gradually add milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 1-2 minutes or until thickened. Drain macaroni; add the white sauce, turkey and cheese. Transfer to a 2-qt. baking dish coated with cooking spray.
  2. Combine the topping ingredients; sprinkle over casserole. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until heated through. Place under broiler for about 5 minutes or until golden brown. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Turkey-Cheese Macaroni Bake in Light & Tasty February/March 2003, p33

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.

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