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Cheddar Turkey Casserole Recipe

Cheddar Turkey Casserole Recipe

This recipe comes with lots of mass appeal, thanks to its cheesy sauce. Pasta, veggies and leftover turkey combine to create a filling meal. —Steve Foy, Kirkwood, Missouri
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 35 min. YIELD:6 servings


  • 4 cups uncooked spiral pasta
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon prepared mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups 2% milk
  • 1-1/2 cups (6 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups cubed cooked turkey
  • 2 cups frozen mixed vegetables, thawed
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds


  • 1. Preheat oven to 350°. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  • 2. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, saute garlic in butter until tender. Stir in flour, salt, mustard, thyme and pepper. Gradually stir in milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir 2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from heat; stir in cheese until melted. Drain pasta; place in a large bowl. Toss with turkey, vegetables and cheese sauce.
  • 3. Transfer to a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. Sprinkle with almonds. Bake, uncovered, 35-40 minutes or until heated through. Yield: 6 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1-1/3 cups: 513 calories, 23g fat (12g saturated fat), 87mg cholesterol, 703mg sodium, 46g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 5g fiber), 31g protein.

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pslohr User ID: 4639286 252217
Reviewed Aug. 4, 2016

"Needs a bit more spices as the sauce is pretty bland. Accidentally added stuffing mix to be used in another recipe, but it turned out very good! So this actually fixed the blandness... Will def make again with the stuffing mix added in. Did not top with almonds, used cheese instead."

Wildfiremustang User ID: 1330024 239820
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2015

"It is bland."

Vramsey310 User ID: 8643205 238497
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2015

"My mom and I made it after Thanksgiving with our leftover turkey because we were tired of making sandwiches and eating it plain. We only got to the sauce before we knew we were in love! We didn't have and thyme but it still tasted great without it. We substituted almonds for the leftover pecans my mom uses to make pies. Everything was great and we will definitely be making this again!!"

laceyv User ID: 6540869 221043
Reviewed Feb. 21, 2015

"My husband and I thought this tasted a little bland. Nothing a little extra black pepper on the top couldn't fix. Next time, I'll add a little extra seasoning while cooking. Otherwise, I thought this was a very easy and complete meal. It was perfect for my three kids. I actually used chicken but can't wait to use it with left-over Thanksgiving turkey."

Suziq-85 User ID: 8134544 177085
Reviewed Dec. 1, 2014

"Great recipe, just needs a little extra moisture. I would suggest doubling the sauce."

luigimon User ID: 1692040 210354
Reviewed Jun. 7, 2014

"I liked this, my husband did not. I made it with chicken (what I had on hand) and it was a little bland. I added some kosher salt to my helping which made it tastier. I'll make it again.....but when my hubby is working out of town!"

danielleylee User ID: 4484886 110218
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2013

"I made this yesterday and cut it in half and baked it in a 8 by 8 Pyrex dish"for 30 minutes. It turned out wonderfully! My husband usually only likes deli turkey and turkey at Thanksgiving but he said that he liked this twist on leftover turkey!"

rusty's wife User ID: 5725713 165183
Reviewed Mar. 16, 2013

"My husband was a fan. I cut the recipe in half since it is just two of us. And still had some left. It was great!"

coachnancys User ID: 2774620 177112
Reviewed Dec. 1, 2011

"so simple and tasty"

Charlene7 User ID: 5756301 110216
Reviewed Sep. 8, 2011

"needs more spice"

3152004703 User ID: 4957120 109370
Reviewed Mar. 11, 2011

"This needs a little more spice but other than that this was a great recipe! Even the pickest eater my family liked it! I will be making this again for sure!"

kmb549 User ID: 5576848 176487
Reviewed Nov. 10, 2010

"I used pre cooked chicken from the store instead of leftovers and before I even put it in the over the kids I watched were eating the noodles and sauce. Very quick and easy with a lot of flavor. It's hard to find recipes like this!"

robertshaw User ID: 2500752 177110
Reviewed Oct. 18, 2010

"Used mustard powder instead of prepared mustard.Nice & cheesy. A very good way to use up that extra turkey!"

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