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Turkey Noodle Casserole

4.97 from 32 votes

posted: 11/24/19

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This Turkey Noodle Casserole is ready in under 30 minutes and it is packed full of flavor! Such a great way to use Thanksgiving leftovers, but makes a great comfort food dinner any time of year!

overhead view of a turkey noodle casserole in a ceramic baking dish with a spoon going in

If you are like me, you are in the thick of holiday season and also thinking about the fact that your family can survive on cranberry sauce and no bake cookies alone.

Dinner still has to happen.

With that, I give you this delicious and amazing cheesy casserole that can be made with your Thanksgiving left overs. If you are brining a whole turkey this year or just making my turkey breast recipe, this will be the perfect recipe to use those left overs in.

This recipe is a quicker version of my Chicken Noodle Casserole and I think you will love it.

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Made this tonight, the whole family enjoyed it. Thank you for sharing.

picture of two plates stacked full of turkey noodle casserole with parsley and a fork in the background


This easy dinner idea comes together in 30 minutes with fully cooked left over turkey.

  1. Start by cooking noodles in chicken stock. Check out my tips and tricks for saving money on this step.
  2. Create a roux by melting butter, adding flour, and slowly adding a combination of reserved noodle water and milk.
  3. Add sage and thyme to really enhance the turkey taste of this noodle casserole.
  4. Add in the cooked noodles, turkey, frozen vegetables and cheese and put in a casserole dish.
  5. Bake and then enjoy!
overhead view of a 9 x 13 inch ceramic baking dish full of cheesy turkey noodle casserole on a wire cooling rack


  • This recipe calls for 8 ounces egg noodles. If you don’t have a kitchen scale, that is approximately 6 cups.
  • Use chicken stock base (found in the grocery store in powder form by the liquid stock) to make the liquid that the noodles cook in. It’s not as high quality as homemade chicken stock or store bought base, but it will save quite a bit of money on steps like this.
  • Cooking the noodles in chicken stock adds such a nice flavor to this recipe, but you could also make turkey stock from your left over Thanksgiving turkey.
  • If you skip cooking the noodles in chicken or turkey stock, you will likely need a bit more salt and pepper.
  • When you make the roux (butter and flour), make sure to go really slowly adding the liquid. That is what makes this casserole so creamy, so you it’s an important step.
  • Buy brick cheese and shred it. You guys know by now my feelings on this. It melts better and gives better texture. I really think it’s worth the time.
  • If sage and thyme aren’t your thing or you don’t have them on hand, you could easily switch them out for basil and oregano.
a spoon dishing into a casserole dish lifting up cheesy noodles that have been garnished in fresh parsley


This is a great casserole to make the night before. Get all the way to the step of baking, and then wrap tightly and put in the refrigerator.

Add 5 minutes to your baking time.

You could also freeze this by wrapping it three times and putting in the freezer. Freeze for up to 3 months.

Add 15 minutes to your baking time if you take it right from the freezer.

Note: If you want to freeze this and put it right from the freezer to the hot preheated one, use a disposable casserole dish for freezing and baking. This way you won’t crack your ceramic one.


If you are looking for another recipe to use your left over turkey, try my Turkey Dumpling Soup. It’s a winner.

You will also love my Easy Tuna Noodle Casserole. Who isn’t in the market for fast dinners?

Finally, my Creamy Cajun Shrimp Pasta is a great weeknight dinner everyone loves.

If you make this Turkey Noodle Casserole or any of my other recipes, I’d love to hear what you think!

turkey noodle casserole on two stacked white plates that is being dished up by a fork
overhead view of a turkey noodle casserole in a ceramic baking dish with a spoon going in
4.97 from 32 votes

Turkey Noodle Casserole

Serves: 6
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Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
This Turkey Noodle Casserole is ready in under 30 minutes and it is packed full of flavor! Such a great way to use Thanksgiving leftovers, but makes a great comfort food dinner any time of year!


  • 8 ounces egg noodles (or 6 cups noodles) cooked in chicken stock, reserve one cup cooking liquid before draining
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk I used skim
  • 1 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoons dried sage
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cups cooked turkey
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar divided


  • Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Spray a 3 quart casserole dish with cooking spray and set aside.
  • Cook the pasta in chicken stock for two minutes less than the package suggests. Reserve one cup of cooking liquid before draining noodles and settting them aside.
  • Melt the butter over medium low heat in a large stock pot. Add the garlic to the pan and cook for about 30 seconds.
  • Add the flour to the pan, mixing it in to make a paste. Very slowly add the reserved chicken stock. Add approximately a tablespoon of the reserved 1 cup stock stock at a time, waiting until the last bit of stock was completely combined before adding the next bit. Then add in the milk. This whole process should take about 3 to 5 minutes and result in a nice creamy sauce.
  • Once all the milk is mixed in, add the thyme and sage. Then season to taste with salt and pepper. Stir in one cup of the cheese. Then add the turkey, cooked noodles, and frozen vegetables. Pour the mixture into the greased casserole dish and top with the remaining cup of cheese.
  • Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the cheese on top begins to bubble.
Serving: 1.5cups Calories: 531kcal (27%) Carbohydrates: 45g (15%) Protein: 32g (64%) Fat: 24g (37%) Saturated Fat: 12g (75%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g Monounsaturated Fat: 6g Trans Fat: 24g Cholesterol: 132mg (44%) Sodium: 601mg (26%) Potassium: 224mg (6%) Fiber: 4g (17%) Sugar: 9g (10%) Vitamin A: 132IU (3%) Vitamin C: 15mg (18%) Calcium: 281mg (28%) Iron: 18mg (100%)
Author: Lisa Longley
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
overhead view of a turkey noodle casserole in a ceramic baking dish with a spoon going in

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  1. Jamie says

    5 stars
    Lisa – This was delicious! Just made it tonight! So easy too and it turned out great. Thank you for sharing this delicious casserole,

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m so happy to hear you liked it, Jamie!

  2. Michelle says

    5 stars
    Great recipe. Family enjoyed. Used the turkey stock from thanksgiving turkey. Very tasty. Followed as written.

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m so glad to hear you liked it, Michelle!

  3. KarenB says

    Best casserole ever! We all loved it. I made a roasted turkey the night before and had oodles of leftovers. So I wanted a turkey noodle casserole. It was absolutely delicious. As I wait for it to cool a bit and refrigerate the leftovers, I keep nibbling on it Lol

    • Lisa Longley says

      So glad to hear you liked it, Karen!

  4. Mary Wiesing says

    I am so sorry about your mom. These past two years have been so difficult for all of us. Your recipes are wonderful and I will be trying your turkey casserole this week with leftovers. Thank you for your inspiration and your lovely, cheerful attitude. I enjoy reading your emails even if I don’t choose the new recipe! Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas. PS Last Christmas we fixed a turkey breast in the Instapot for the first time and had dinner for two. We had just recovered from Covid the month before. Mary W

  5. Lisa Smith says

    5 stars
    Delicious! Made mine with mushrooms and peas. Added a little extra milk to make it creamier then made a toasted panko crust for the top.

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m so glad you liked it!

  6. Dina says

    5 stars
    Made this tonight, the whole family enjoyed it. Thank you for sharing.

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m so glad to hear it, Dina!

  7. Cynthia Hegarty says

    Excellent hot dish (we are from Minnesota)! But I added crunched up potato chips like my great grandmother used to do with chicken noodle casserole. Great way to use leftover thanksgiving turkey and a family favorite!

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m so glad your family liked it!

  8. KarenB says

    5 stars
    I made this tonight. It was delicious! Hubby really liked it too! I did add a bit more milk as I didn’t cook the pasta long enough and it was chewy. But otherwise, we will make this again!

  9. Rachel says

    5 stars
    This was easy and delicious. A great use of leftover holiday turkey. The whole family loved it. Thank you!

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m so glad that your family liked it!

  10. Greg says

    5 stars
    This turned out great. I made it with cauliflower spaghetti, vegan cheese, almond milk, and almond flour. I also used fresh herbs which really brightened it up. Very good recipe for holiday leftovers!

    • Lisa Longley says

      So great to know it worked with those swaps!

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