This delicious casserole is for leftover leftovers. I don't know about you, but after a few days of eating Thanksgiving leftovers, no matter how tasty they originally were, I want something that makes me forget there's even turkey in it. Since ingredients like garam masala, spicy cheese, and peppers aren't typically used in the meal, they work wonderfully here to disguise the last of a holiday bird.

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
40 mins
total:
55 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

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  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook egg noodles in boiling water, stirring occasionally until almost cooked through and still firm to the bite, about 4 minutes. Drain.

  • Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in flour; cook, stirring, until mixture is light golden, about 3 minutes.

  • Pour milk into butter and flour mixture, whisking constantly. Stir in cream of mushroom soup, red bell pepper, green bell pepper, green onions, garam masala, and dried tarragon. Bring mixture to a simmer, cook for 2 minutes. Remove from heat.

  • Stir in pepperjack cheese until cheese is melted and incorporated.

  • Stir pepperjack cheese mixture, turkey meat, and noodles in a large bowl until evenly incorporated. Pour mixture into a large casserole dish. Sprinkle chips on top, pressing down slightly with the tines of a fork. Bake in the preheated oven until casserole top is golden brown and sauce is bubbling, about 30 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

736 calories; protein 41g 82% DV; carbohydrates 67.3g 22% DV; fat 33.4g 51% DV; cholesterol 150.5mg 50% DV; sodium 1113.1mg 45% DV. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
07/07/2012
Our family LOVED this recipe!! We substituted curry powder (as suggested in the video) and it turned out great! We used fresh green onions from our garden, too! Daddy was the first to comment on how amazing it was and the children piped up right behind him. We enjoyed making it together, too. This was a relatively quick and easy recipe with leftover turkey! Another great recipe added to our family favorites! Thank you again Chef John and Foodwishes.com! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
12/30/2012
My only deviation was using Monterey Jack cheese as I'm not fond of Pepper Jack. For us the garam masala and tarragon didn't work with this dish. It was OK but wouldn't make it again. Read More
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86 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 48
  • 4 star values: 21
  • 3 star values: 11
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 5 stars
07/07/2012
Our family LOVED this recipe!! We substituted curry powder (as suggested in the video) and it turned out great! We used fresh green onions from our garden, too! Daddy was the first to comment on how amazing it was and the children piped up right behind him. We enjoyed making it together, too. This was a relatively quick and easy recipe with leftover turkey! Another great recipe added to our family favorites! Thank you again Chef John and Foodwishes.com! Read More
(21)
Rating: 4 stars
10/11/2012
Very yummy! Used curry as suggested didnt have tarragon added fresh mushrooms. Only thing i didnt really like was the chip topping. Interesting but not great. Plus i then had chips in house i had to eat lol. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/13/2012
Yum! Not only was it simple to put together, but I loved the video directions from Food Wishes! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
12/29/2012
My only deviation was using Monterey Jack cheese as I'm not fond of Pepper Jack. For us the garam masala and tarragon didn't work with this dish. It was OK but wouldn't make it again. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/28/2012
Not bad. My husband and I hosted Thanksgiving dinner this year. I made way too much food and now have TONS of leftovers sitting in the fridge.:) We are tiring of eating the "same old" turkey dinner so I decided to give this a try. While my hubs and I both liked this we didn't LOVE it. Ironically enough this kinda reminds me of turkey tetrazzini (with a twist!). My hubs compared this to tuna noodle casserole (huh???).... To accommodate our small family I halved this (the last thing I wanted were LEFTOVER leftovers!). Using my small 8 x 8 in. square baking dish worked perfectly. The only downside is that I now have a half can of soup I don't know what to do with.:( Other than adjusting the serving size my only other change was to use all red bell pepper (personal preference). NOTE: Use garam masala if you can find it. Although curry is a suitable substitute nothing compares to the wonderful spicy aroma of this complex spice mixture. Ditto for the tarragon. Thanks for sharing your creative spin on boring (snore snore) leftovers John!:-) Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/04/2013
I thought this was good because it has a different flavor profile than most poultry casseroles. I made it and then froze it for several weeks before reheating it which worked fine. I just didn't add the chip topping until after it was mostly reheated. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/02/2012
I had some leftover turkey from one of Trader Joe's kosher half turkey breasts and it was the perfect opportunity to try this recipe. I halved the recipe and followed the ingredients except for the garam masala which I couldn't find at the two stores I went to. Instead I used a little curry and a little cinnamon. It was also hard to find the egg noodles but Sprouts did have them. This was really good the first night that we ate this but with the leftovers the next night we found it to be a little dry and with some of the flavor disappearing. I was glad to have some of Chef John's Creme Fraiche (yum!) to dollop on top to take care of that! This is a good staple casserole that I will make again. Thanks Chef! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/10/2013
I really appreciated how creative this recipe was in contrast to other recipes (like pot pies!) that you can use for leftover turkey. The curry sounded weird at first but don't skip it...it's what makes this recipe really good. Also be sure to use the pepper jack--it really compliments the curry and brings out some unique flavors. I might add a bit more cheese next time like some sharp cheddar as well. Though I thought using potato chips as the crunchy topping was really neat their texture didn't hold up well (too thin) with all the sauce especially for next-day servings. I think I would go back to using cheese toast or croutons next time or maybe even try something like Cheezits or Triscuits to get the cheesy/salty flavor. I followed the amount of milk and condensed soup exactly and it made the perfect consistency of sauce--usually I find casserole recipes end up being too runny but this one is spot on. It was great because I always cook too much pasta when I'm making dinners and this was a great way to use up leftover pasta too. I used elbow macaroni and they held up really well probably better than egg noodles would. I'll definitely make this again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/15/2015
I made this casserole for my husband after the first bite I packed it up and took it to my daughter and family. We all loved it the flavors were perfect (I never had used garam masala before.I will make this every year after Thanksgiving instead of the boring Turkey pot pie. Thank you so much for this delicious meal. Cheri Read More
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