Do you struggle to find ways to use all your turkey leftovers after a big family Thanksgiving?
Well, struggle no longer! Leftover turkey casserole recipes are plentiful and flavorful, reminding you that the holiday season is just around the corner with their warmth and comfort.
We’ve scoured many turkey casserole recipes out there for any time of the year, but these are especially useful when you want a quick meal so you can focus on your precious family time.
Who knows? Maybe you’ll find a turkey casserole recipe that has become a family tradition!
Turkey casseroles may seem hard to make with as many ingredients as they use, but they are pretty straightforward!
What I love about this recipe is that it is ready to eat in just 30 minutes, and it helps me clear out my fridge!
The secret to a good leftover turkey casserole is, to many people’s surprise, not the turkey. The dried thyme and sage steal the show by infusing the entire dish with their flavor right as the sauce gets thickened.
What are the first foods that come to mind when you think of the holidays? That’s right, turkey and stuffing.
This timeless pairing of foods has lasted for generations, and for a good reason! So why wouldn’t a casserole made from the two put together be positively delectable?
Just 6 ingredients make up this recipe, yet the condensed cream of mushroom soup packs every inch with flavor.
You can easily swap out the turkey for chicken or use a cornbread stuffing, mix and match to what you like!
If you’re in the mood for Hispanic foods but have a somewhat sensitive stomach, this turkey enchilada casserole can easily fit the bill.
The recipe is more of a Tex-Mex deal with the flavors of Central and South America while being made with comforting and familiar ingredients in North America.
Good red enchilada sauce is the key to this yummy casserole.
The mild spice provides an authentic Mexican flavor, while the umami of the tomatoes in the red enchilada sauce boosts the satisfying feeling of this dish without it becoming overpowering.
Who comes up with these ideas? Seriously, casseroles are so versatile! Take this recipe from Pillsbury. Perfect for a quick but delicious brunch party idea while keeping the calorie count low.
Onion, red bell pepper, and spinach leaves. Make sure you get your veggies early in the day, but the eggs are what bind this dish together. Literally!
The egg provides some of the fat that makes our taste buds delight and can be used as a vehicle to distribute additional seasonings throughout the dish while the casserole is baking.
It might be cheating to call this turkey pot pie a casserole, but the best turkey casserole recipes have to break the mold somehow! If you have more than just turkey leftover at Thanksgiving, you can use a lot of the veggies in this recipe.
Puff pastry gives you a beautifully light and buttery crust. It’s also a lot easier to work with than pie crust and can be easily found at the supermarket if you’re tight on time.
I know I do that more often than not
Kids can be real stinkers about eating leftovers, so if you need to dress up those Thanksgiving scraps as a completely new dish, this recipe is for you!
Worcestershire sauce is a mouthful, both to say and in this turkey casserole! The thin, tangy brown sauce brings a certain complexity to the table without the kids refusing to eat the whole thing.
What makes this recipe even greater is that you can make a lot of substitutions if you want or need to! Don’t have turkey broth? Use some veggie stock instead!
It may seem crazy putting two creamy turkey casseroles right next to each other on this list, but this recipe calls for more of a budget-friendly approach, even if you aren’t using leftovers! Oh, and it isn’t all that similar to the last recipe!
The dish calls for penne pasta which the kids enjoy playing with just as much as I did when I was their age.
What I love about this, though, is the dried basil. It elevates the dish with the tingly spice it imparts, and a fresh substitution is even better in my opinion!
Look out kids! Big, bad broccoli is coming for you! Turkey casseroles make use of many veggies, but this one focuses on the green, mean superfood.
Of course, the broccoli is the show-stealer here. The recipe calls for florets of broccoli but remembers that you can eat the thicker stems which are just as healthy – just remember to cook them a little longer!
No matter how you decide to prepare the broccoli portion, I wholly recommend frozen varieties because they are harvested and flash-frozen quickly to seal in all the nutrients!
Comfort food to feed the masses during the holiday season. This recipe reminds me of the beef stroganoff recipe my mother used to make. With creamy mushroom flavor and egg noodles, this recipe will be a hit with all!
The best part of this turkey casserole, though, is the crust made of butter-soaked panko crumbs.
These crumbs are found a lot in Japanese fried foods, but using them instead of normal breadcrumbs gives the casserole an extra crunch factor.
Don’t be fooled by the fancy word “tetrazzini”. This is another turkey casserole recipe, and a quick one at that!
You may need to adjust the seasonings on this recipe to your taste but I find a little onion powder goes a long way to boosting the whole dish.
No matter what you choose to do with the seasonings, the sour cream helps to thicken the whole dish, so you have an actual casserole instead of some soupy mess. It also makes for a pretty tasty dish if you ask me!
Have you ever been invited to a potluck and aren’t sure what to bring to make everyone happy? This turkey taco casserole is the answer to your prayers!
Perfect layers of all the ingredients make for a tempting dish that people just can’t wait to scoop from.
If that’s not good enough for you, easy preparation of toppings on the side means that everyone can personalize their party plate to their liking!
Just make sure that you add a good layer of cheese on top to make the dish truly special. Who doesn’t like cheese?
The simplicity of this turkey leftover casserole is stunning when you dig in. Just seven ingredients and four steps of directions mean there is no reason not to try this dish for yourself.
Biscuits are a wonderfully southern tradition, but we can get away with using refrigerated biscuits that are still mouthwatering good.
In fact, refrigerated biscuits usually keep their form better than fresh-made biscuits without overcooking them.
Feel free to get creative with the vegetables you use. Whatever your family likes are sure to fit here!
Proper cordon bleu can be hard to make because of the preparation techniques used, like butterflying and rolling chicken breast. No worries here. This dish has all the same flavor in an easy-to-prepare fashion!
Although you may know that I LOVE my cheese (especially the Gruyere in this recipe), the nutmeg is what grabs my attention when I eat this casserole.
Nutmeg is frequently used in baked goods like casserole, but those items are usually confectionery pastries.
Nutmeg’s slightly sweet. The spicy taste plays surprisingly well with the mustard powder here, though.
Is macaroni and cheese the diet of your picky kid? You might be able to sneak some more nutrition under his or her radar with this macaroni bake!
Cubes of turkey can hide small pieces of mushroom from suspicious eyes, and the condensed cream of chicken soup will mask the taste so that even the pickiest of eaters will eat them!
You could even substitute the cream of chicken for the cream of celery for a little bit more nourishment.
I’m positive that you’ll be able to convince the little ones to eat this dish as I have with mine!
It’s amazing how changing just a few ingredients makes a dish taste completely different.
We’ve seen turkey casserole recipes with rice, penne, elbow macaroni, and more starchy alternatives, but you’ll want rigatoni pasta for a unique sauce vessel aboard the train to your mouth.
The mushrooms are a classic pairing with turkey, with deep, earthy umami flavors permeating the dish.
The pesto is what stands out, however, providing a little of everything: color, aroma, and flavor.
Good quality pesto can be hard to find in-store but well worth the search.
When the holiday season is over, but it’s still bitterly cold outside, you want something easy to make that will warm you right up. Let me introduce you to your new favorite!
By this time, you’ve finally used all your turkey leftovers, so ground turkey or beef is what you should spring for. 35 minutes later, and you’re ready to eat!
The tomato sauce is what cuts through the fat of the sour cream and cheese with its acidity to make a balanced dish.
Try some large cuts of fresh tomato on top as well!
You know that feeling when you know a dish is going to be good? I do, and just looking at the ingredients for this turkey spaghetti casserole filled me with confidence.
Onions, carrots, and celery go towards any decent soup base, and the same is true for this casserole.
Make sure you don’t forget to add the paprika!
The paprika is mild enough to stop you from breathing fire, but the powdered sweet pepper adds another dimension to this old-timey country dish.
Tired of having to open a million containers just to eat your Thanksgiving leftovers? This clever solution to a recipe means having just one container to scoop for all of your favorites!
Leftover turkey, mashed potatoes, and gravy get baked into this satisfying supper but make no mistake. The added garlic cloves make the dish feel brand new.
Garlic lovers won’t blink an eye when they see the addition of three cloves on top of any used to stuff or flavor the leftovers.
No need to worry, though. Baking makes the garlic mellow and creamy with an irresistible aromatic smell.
This is another layered casserole that makes it incredibly easy to prepare. You can’t scoop it with a chip as much as the turkey taco casserole from earlier, but you’ll still get a loveable dish for those with a Southwestern taste.
The diced green chile peppers add a brief heat to the tongue when enjoying this dish, making it the focal point of anything that claims to be Southwestern.
You can use fresh peppers but avoid accidentally adding any seeds to your mix. Fresh seeds are typically the spiciest part of a pepper!
What’s the magic ingredient that makes almost every meal better? Say it with me: bacon!
That’s right, some salty and smoky bacon with your turkey raises the bar for all other turkey casseroles.
That being said, the flavor of the bacon is only as good as it is because of the cream cheese (cheese!) used in the mixture.
The richness is almost overwhelming with the addition of three cups of cheddar cheese in the filling alone!
Some roughly chopped parsley as garnish lightens a heavy bite with its freshness!
Simple turkey casserole recipes can be hard to find, but this easy turkey casserole is, well, easy! Most of the ingredients are easy to acquire seasonings that can be adjusted to your tastes.
Boiling the egg noodles in water with salt to an al dente cook means that the noodles are the perfect tenderness by the time they come out of the oven with the rest of the turkey casserole.
Cream of chicken soup is the secret to sealing in moisture and adding flavor.
Healthy turkey casserole recipes are perfect for many people on a ketogenic diet. The meat is high in protein but can become dry because of how lean it is. The added fats from the other ingredients keep things moist and everything low carb.
Heavy cream and plenty of Gruyere cheese make this creamy casserole one of the tastiest that those on a keto diet can have!
The fresh sage is what makes this special dish thanks to its strong, pleasant aroma and medicinal qualities.
Turkey Divan casserole was invented at the Divan Parisien Restaurant in the New York Chatham Hotel during the early 20th century. Well, actually, it was the chicken Divan dish.
The point is, this recipe appears along with top-rated turkey casserole recipes that have been around for a while – there must be a reason why!
I find that the earthy and zesty flavor of the dry mustard makes this dish much lighter than all the butter and fats make it seem.
The only thing missing to make this a true Divan is a light dusting of almonds over the top.
- 2 lbs ground turkey
- 2 c chopped celery
- 1/4 c chopped green pepper
- 1/4 c chopped onion
- 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
- 1 can (8 ounces) sliced water chestnuts, drained
- 1 jar (4-1/2 ounces) sliced mushrooms, drained
- 1 jar (4 ounces) diced pimientos, drained
- 1/4 c soy sauce
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp lemon-pepper seasoning
- 1 c sour cream
- 8 ounces cooked wide egg noodles
- Using a large skillet, cook the turkey on medium heat until the center is no longer pink, but the meat is still moist.
- Add your tougher vegetables like celery, green pepper, and onion to the skillet. Cook until each fork-tender.
- Pour in your canned soup while stirring. Add softer items like water chestnuts and mushrooms.
- Season with soy sauce, salt, and lemon pepper to taste.
- Reduce the heat and allow the whole thing to simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- After simmering, remove the skillet from the heat, and stir in the sour cream and noodles.
- Divide the mixture in half, storing one half covered in a freezer. It will last for up to 3 months this way.
- The remaining half goes into a greased 2-quart baking dish (about 11” x 7” x 2” in size).
- Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes or until cooked through.