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Cheddar Turkey Casserole

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.
  • Makes
    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 shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups cubed cooked turkey
  • 2 cups frozen mixed vegetables, thawed
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds


  • Preheat oven to 350°. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  • 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.
  • Transfer to a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. Sprinkle with almonds. Bake, uncovered, 35-40 minutes or until heated through.
Nutrition 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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  • Agnes
    Nov 30, 2019

    I just made this recipe and it's outstanding! P.S. if you like a bit more flavor, add more to your liking. Also, you will be baking this, so if you see that it is coming out thick when mixed together with the pasta, vegetables, and turkey. . . make sure to add more milk before you bake! Since I'm Polish, I added a lot of Dill, because, why not?! Now, it's an authentic Polish Turkey Casserole, lol! Enjoy! Smacznego!!!??????

  • Michelle
    May 1, 2019

    I was looking for recipes to use up what was in the freezer and pantry. Times are a bit tough so using what I have on hand is a must. I made half this recipe for the 2 of us. It would have fed four if there were more sides. We just had cranberry sauce as a side. I made the recipe as written with few changes based on what I had on hand. I used poultry seasons as I had no tarragon. I use almond milk so added 1/3 cup of heavy cream to make it more like uses dairy milk. I also had no nuts to use. I didn't find this bland at all, maybe the poultry seasoning was the key. Also use sharp or extra sharp cheddar. We really liked this and ate the left overs for lunch. This is a good basic recipe, using chicken , ham or tuna would be alternative.

  • pslohr
    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
    Dec 20, 2015

    It is bland.

  • Vramsey310
    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
    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
    Dec 1, 2014

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

  • luigimon
    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
    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!

  • gindon
    May 10, 2013

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