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Tired of the same old leftovers? This Leftover Turkey Casserole is creamy and delicious. It's a great way to use up leftover meat and vegetables and is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. Even your picky eaters will enjoy this dish!
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  1. Easy Creamy Leftover Turkey Casserole
  2. Why We Love This Leftover Turkey Casserole Recipe
  3. Ingredients
  4. Substitutions and Additions
  5. Recommended Tools
  6. How to Make Leftover Turkey Casserole
  7. Storage Tips
  8. Frequently Asked Questions
  9. Other Easy Casserole Recipes
  10. Leftover Turkey Casserole Recipe

Is your fridge full of leftover Thanksgiving turkey? Don’t let it go to waste! Try this easy and delicious Leftover Turkey Casserole recipe. It’s perfect for a quick weeknight meal or as a side dish for another family feast. You’ll be glad you made room in the freezer with these tasty leftovers. 

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Easy Creamy Leftover Turkey Casserole

I know that Thanksgiving is still a few weeks away, but it’s never too early for those holiday food cravings! One of my favorite things about Thanksgiving is all the yummy leftovers that we get to enjoy throughout the month.

Even though they’re tasty as-is, sometimes you need a little extra something to make them really special. That’s why I created this super easy Leftover Turkey Casserole recipe – it has everything you love from traditional Thanksgiving meals all in one dish!

Leftover turkey casserole is delicious and easy to make. It is a perfect cold-weather meal that everyone will enjoy. Plus it’s a great way to use up Thanksgiving leftovers without having the same exact meal for a month straight. You’ll fall in love with this recipe – I know I have!

Why We Love This Leftover Turkey Casserole Recipe

  • Delicious leftover turkey breast recipe.
  • Quick and easy to make -ready in just 40 minutes.
  • Uses up leftover meat with lots of vegetables to make a complete meal in one dish.
  • Can be enjoyed as a main or side dish – perfect for all your holiday guests!
a spoonful of turkey with macaroni

Ingredients

  • Cavatappi Pasta
  • Leftover turkey
  • Condensed cream of chicken soup
  • Frozen Peas
  • Half & Half
  • Mozzarella & provolone cheese
  • Garlic & onion powder
  • Black pepper
  • Italian style panko breadcrumbs
  • Salted butter

Substitutions and Additions

  • PASTA: Feel free to use any type of shaped pasta, like penne, rigatoni, penne, farfalle, etc. 
  • LEFTOVER TURKEY: If you want to make this casserole at another time of the year, when you don’t have any leftover turkey, you can use rotisserie chicken, pulled pork, or shredded beef. 
  • CONDENSED CREAM OF CHICKEN SOUP: Switch this out with cream of mushroom, cream of celery, or cream of potato.
  • FROZEN PEAS: Any frozen vegetable can be used, like frozen carrots, corn, green beans, or a mixture of these. 
  • HALF & HALF: Substitute this with milk or heavy cream. 
  • CHEESE: Mozzarella cheese: You can replace this with (only) provolone, cheddar, pepperjack, monterey jack, or another melty cheese.  Provolone cheese: I used a cheese mix that has both mozzarella and provolone cheese, but if you don’t have that, you can just use solely mozzarella or the other melty cheeses. 
  • ONION POWDER: Mince and cook a yellow onion until translucent for a similar taste. 
  • ITALIAN STYLE PANKO BREADCRUMBS: Use regular panko breadcrumbs instead, though there won’t be quite as much flavor in the topping if you do so. 
  • SALTED BUTTER: Unsalted butter or coconut oil are other options for this. 
close up view of turkey casserole
  • 9×13 inch casserole dish
  • Mixing bowls and tools
  • Medium saucepan or pot
  • Measuring tools

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How to Make Leftover Turkey Casserole

This recipe comes together quickly, in just 10 minutes of prep. Even with the bake time, it will be ready in just 35-40 minutes. Much faster than waiting for the big meal on Thanksgiving Day!

  1. Cook pasta al dente and drain.
  2. Combine cooked pasta, turkey, cream of chicken soup, peas, half & half, cheese, garlic and onion powders, and pepper together in a bowl.
    Combine cooked pasta, turkey, cream of chicken soup, peas, half & half, cheese, garlic and onion powders, and pepper
  3. Stir gently.
    mix all ingredients in a bowl
  4. Transfer to a 9×13 baking dish.
    transfer into baking dish
  5. Combine Italian breadcrumbs with melted butter, mix together.
  6. Sprinkle breadcrumb mixture on top of the mixture in the casserole dish.
    Sprinkle breadcrumb mixture on top of the mixture in the casserole dish
  7. Bake at 375 degrees for 25-30 minutes.
    baked turkey casserole
  8. Plate and serve warm.

Storage Tips

  • To Store: Place leftovers in the refrigerator in a covered container. They will be good for about 3 days depending on how old the turkey already was. Cooked turkey in general is only good for about 3-4 days afterwards, so keep that in mind when using leftover turkey. 
  • To Freeze: You can freeze your leftover casserole for 2-3 months. However, I would recommend freezing the turkey solo and then thawing the leftover turkey to make the casserole on a later day.
  • To Reheat: Reheat in the microwave. I like to add a tablespoon of water or half & half to keep the noodles from drying out.
Leftover Turkey Casserole in a bowl

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I add any other leftovers to this casserole?

I love casseroles because you can just dump more and more stuff in and it nearly always tastes amazing. Some typical Thanksgiving leftovers that would go great in this casserole are:
– Stuffing: Add it as a topping if it’s the small stuffing, or include it in the main body of the casserole if it’s larger stuffing.
– Green beans: Include them instead of or in addition to the frozen peas.
– Yams: Add it to the main body of the casserole.
– Gravy: Spread it on top, or include it with the cream of chicken. 

What to serve with leftover turkey casserole?

I like to serve this casserole with a green salad to add a bit of crunch. It’s also delicious with cranberry sauce or dinner rolls to give it the Thanksgiving dinner feel.

closeup view of turkey casserole

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5 from 3 votes
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Leftover Turkey Casserole

Serves — 6
Tired of the same old leftovers? This Leftover Turkey Casserole is creamy and delicious. It's a great way to use up leftover meat and vegetables and is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. Even your picky eaters will enjoy this dish!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 50 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups cavatappi pasta uncooked
  • 2 cups leftover turkey chopped or shredded
  • 21 ounce (2 10.5-ounce) cans condensed cream of chicken soup
  • 12 ounce bag frozen peas
  • ¾ cup half and half
  • ¾ cup mozzarella & provolone cheese shredded
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • ¾ cup Italian style panko breadcrumbs
  • 3 tbsp salted butter melted

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Cook pasta al dente and drain according to instructions.
  • Combine the cooked pasta, turkey, condensed cream of chicken soup, frozen peas, half and half, mozzarella & provolone cheese, garlic powder, onion powder, and black pepper together in a large bowl and gently stir together.
  • Transfer to a 9×13 casserole dish.
  • To prepare the topping, combine the Italian style Panko breadcrumbs with the melted salted butter. Mix together and then sprinkle on top of the casserole.
  • Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes or until the casserole bubbles and is browned on top.
  • Plate and serve warm.

Jenn’s Notes

Storage :
  • To Store: Place leftovers in the refrigerator in a covered container. They will be good for about 3 days depending on how old the turkey already was. Cooked turkey in general is only good for about 3-4 days afterwards, so keep that in mind when using leftover turkey. 
  • To Freeze: You can freeze your leftover casserole for 2-3 months. However, I would recommend freezing the turkey solo and then thawing the leftover turkey to make the casserole on a later day.
  • To Reheat: Reheat in the microwave. I like to add a tablespoon of water or half & half to keep the noodles from drying out.

Nutrition Info

Calories: 468kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 96mg | Sodium: 1040mg | Potassium: 399mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 5961IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 170mg | Iron: 3mg
Jennifer Fishkind

About Jenn

Jenn is a mom to three beautiful boys, wife to an amazing husband, social influencer and blogger. I love all things easy recipes, easy crafts, all things hacks, traveling EVERYWHERE and feeding my Pinterest addiction!

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  1. This recipe looks delicious and perfect for using up leftover turkey! In the recipe it says 3/4 cup mozzarella and provolone, is it 3/4 cup of each type of cheese or total?

  2. so there are preshredded packages of cheese labeled “mozzarella and provolone” cheese. If they don’t have that available, you can do a mixture of both to make up the 3/4th cup or choose one and use that.