Turkey is a wonderful treat to have at the holidays, but if you have leftovers then sometimes it can be a real head scratcher to come up with new ways to serve it. With this turkey parmesan casserole it couldn’t be easier to make a hearty meal with things you probably already have on hand. And, if you’re someone who prefers turkey to chicken then this is just the recipe for you.
To start making this recipe you’ll need to break spaghetti or another long pasta in half. It’s usually a no-no in Italian cooking, but for a casserole it makes it easier to dish out when it’s time to serve.
You’ll also need 2 cups shredded, cooked turkey for this dish as well. This is the equivalent of the meat from 2 legs plus a little more. Legs are the dark meat of the bird, so a mix of breast and legs would be ideal for this casserole so that you get both light and dark meat.
Once you’ve got the pasta broken this yummy casserole comes together in a snap. Put the cooked and drained pasta into a baking dish and then dot the noodles with the secret ingredient that makes everything better: ricotta cheese.
Then sprinkle on garlic powder and the rest of the seasonings before covering the lot with spaghetti sauce. The last steps are to add the turkey, then the mozzarella, parmesan, and breads crumbs.
Bake for 15 minutes and then sprinkle fresh basil on top just before serving. Serve with a salad and you’ve got an incredibly easy and tasty meal on the table in under 30 minutes. Plus, this is a great alternative to turkey sandwiches as a way to use up any leftover turkey. It’s a win win win situation.
Turkey Parm Casserole
15m prep time
25m cook time
- 1 pound spaghetti, broken in half
- 1/2 cup ricotta cheese
- 2 cups cooked shredded turkey
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1 Tbsp Italian seasoning
- 1 24-ounce jar spaghetti sauce
- 1/4 cup Italian bread crumbs
- 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil for garnish
- Preheat oven to 400˚F. Cook pasta according to package directions and drain. Pour noodles into a greased 9”x13” casserole dish.
- Dot noodles with ricotta cheese. Sprinkle garlic powder and Italian seasoning on top. Cover with spaghetti sauce and then place turkey on top.
- Sprinkle mozzarella cheese on top of casserole, followed by Parmesan and bread crumbs. Bake uncovered for 15 minutes or until cheese is completely melted. Garnish with freshly chopped basil.