Skillet Turkey Noodle Casserole is a hearty and flavorful dish made with turkey, vegetables, and egg noodles, baked to perfection with a cheesy topping. It’s a delicious way to use up leftover turkey from your Thanksgiving feast and made in one oven-safe skillet! If preferred, I also have Skillet Chicken Noodle Casserole, too!
Ingredients & Substitutions
Vegetables: In this casserole, I added carrots, yellow onion, and celery to the mix. They are sauteed in butter until softened.
Turkey Stock: I added turkey stock to the casserole. However, you can certainly substitute chicken stock, as that is more readily available.
Turkey: If you have any leftover turkey from your holidays, add it to this casserole. If not using leftover turkey, make sure the turkey you use is completely cooked before adding it to the recipe. Check out more of my Leftover Turkey Recipes, too!
Egg Noodles: I have an easy recipe for homemade egg noodles if you want to make those for the casserole. Or, buy them from the store. After being baked, some of them have a slight crunch, which we all loved.
Cheese: I love lots of cheese sprinkled on top of the casserole before it is baked. If you want more cheese, don’t be afraid to pile more on top! Or, you could leave it off if preferred. Breadcrumbs, crushed potato chips, or panko would also be optional toppings for a little crunch.
Can I Make Turkey Noodle Casserole Without An Oven-Safe Skillet?
Sure! If you don’t have an oven-safe skillet (like cast iron), you can use a 9×13-inch baking dish instead. First, saute the vegetables in butter. Then, once you have made the sauce and mixed it with the turkey and noodles, transfer the mixture to a baking dish that has been sprayed with nonstick spray. Top with cheese and bake. The cooking time may have to be adjusted slightly, so watch it carefully in the final few minutes in the oven.
Make Ahead Turkey Noodle Casserole
Turkey noodle casserole is a wonderful dish to make and freeze for dinner that is ready to make at a later date. Place the ingredients (except the cheese) in a disposable aluminum foil baking dish. Cover it with both plastic wrap and aluminum foil. Label and date the packaging; it will last up to 3 months in the freezer. When ready to bake, let it thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Then, top it with cheese (if using) and bake!
How To Store Skillet Turkey Noodle Casserole
To store turkey noodle casserole, first, let it cool to room temperature. Then, store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It will last up to 3-4 days. Reheat it in the oven, microwave, or on the stovetop.
Skillet Turkey Noodle Casserole
- ¼ cup (½ stick / 57 g) unsalted butter
- 1 large carrot, peeled, diced (about 1 cup)
- 1 small yellow onion, diced (about ½ cup)
- 2 ribs celery, diced (about 1 cup)
- 2 teaspoons garlic, minced
- ½ teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 2 cups turkey stock, or chicken stock
- 1 cup (245 g) whole milk
- 3 cups (420 g) leftover cooked turkey, diced
- 2 cups (76 g) uncooked egg noodles
- 1 ½ cups (169.5 g) mild cheddar cheese, shredded
- parsley chopped for garnish
- Preheat the oven to 375°F.
- In 12-inch, oven-safe skillet over medium heat, melt the butter.
- Add carrots, onion, and celery. Cook, stirring occasionally for 6-8 minutes, or until the vegetables are slightly softened.
- Add garlic, thyme, salt, and pepper. Cook for 1 minute.
- Sprinkle the flour over the vegetable mixture; stir until combined.
- While gently stirring, slowly pour in the turkey stock and milk. Bring the sauce to a simmer, and allow it to simmer for 10 minutes.
- Remove from heat and add the turkey and noodles. Stir everything together, gently pressing the noodles down, making sure most of them are covered by the liquid. Top with shredded cheese.
- Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until the noodles are cooked and the cheese is hot and bubbling.
- Garnish with parsley and serve.
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What the Test Kitchen had to say about this recipe:
This is a great way to use up that leftover turkey! This dish is warm and comforting and so easy to put together!
I think I like this noodle casserole with the turkey more than the chicken noodle casserole we have! It is easy to throw together and you get your protein and vegetables all in one dish! Yum!
This is a perfectly hearty meal, especially when you're chilly! And it comes together quickly, great for an easy dinner!
A tasty recipe to make if you're looking for something comforting and easy! It is also a great recipe if you're wanting to use up some leftover turkey from the holidays.
I love this so much. It's so homey and comforting and such a great and easy way to use up leftover turkey!