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Turkey-Cheese Macaroni Bake Recipe

"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. YIELD:6 servings

Ingredients

  • 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
  • TOPPING:
  • 1/4 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh parsley

Directions

  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

Wine Pairings

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.