I told the hubs that I was going to make turkey noodle casserole with some leftover roasted turkey breast that I had from Sunday dinner. What he said was, Oh, ok. But what he was really thinking was, Noodle casserole? No!!! Why would she make that? I hate creamy things and I really don’t like casserole. Like seriously, I know we enjoy watching The Goldberg’s, but some things are better left in the ’80’s! Gag me with a spoon!
I know what you’re thinking. Yes, I can in fact read his mind. And yes, his vocabulary is still stuck in the ’80’s. I’m trying to break him of it. Anyway, when I ‘heard’ him think that, I did my evil muhahaha laugh because I knew I was going to make something even he could not deny was delicious. Psych!
I’m here to tell you, I was right! I totally surprised him with this casserole! While we were eating dinner, he actually said, Ok, I have to admit I was not at all excited for this for dinner. Casseroles are usually grody to the max, but this is amazing! It’s like seriously the best casserole I’ve ever eaten. Me *nods head with smirk* Really? I had no idea. I’m glad you enjoyed it!
Isn’t this the most colorful casserole you’ve ever seen?! All those veggies? I love it!
The carrots and bell pepper add great texture to the dish. Something that is usually lacking in an old-fashioned casserole. As for the carrots, make sure to dice the them pretty small, the size of peas. To save time and effort, I don’t boil them ahead. They cook just the right amount during the process; they get soft, but still have a little bite. I used half and half. I’m sure you could probably use milk, but it might not be quite as decadent. If need be, you can make the casserole ahead and keep it in the refrigerator until baking. In that case, I would wait to put the cracker crumbs on top until right before you put it in the oven so they don’t get soggy. Since you’ll have to extend your baking time, you might also want to cover the casserole with foil at first and then pull it off during the last 15 min or so. Here’s a fun idea… use little ramekins for individual servings. It will cook faster and everyone will have their own special dish!
I can’t wait to make this again. I think I’ll use chicken the next time. A shredded rotisserie chicken or a couple of baked then diced chicken breasts would do just fine in this casserole! Maybe I’ll even go nuts and add a dash of hot sauce!
- 2 cups
leftover roasted turkey breast, diced
onion, finely diced
small carrots, finely diced (size of peas)
celery stalk, finely diced
red or yellow bell pepper, finely diced
- 1/2 cup
- 16 oz
- 2 cups (8 oz)
shredded cheddar-jack cheese
- 1 (14.5 oz) can
- 2 cups (1 pint)
half & half
- 3 tablespoons
- 3 tablespoons
- salt & pepper, to taste
- 1/2 teaspoon
- 1/2 sleeve
ritz crackers, crushed