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Cheddar Turkey Casserole

Looking for something yummy to make with leftover Thanksgiving turkey this year?  How about this cheesy warm pasta dish?


4 cups uncooked spiral pasta 1 garlic clove, minced 3 tablespoons butter 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon prepared mustard 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme 1/4 teaspoon pepper 2 cups 2% milk 1-1/2 cups (6 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese 2 cups cubed cooked turkey 2 cups frozen mixed vegetables, thawed 1/2 cup slivered almonds (optional)


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions

  2. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, saute garlic in butter until tender. Stir in the flour, salt, mustard, thyme, and pepper.  Gradually stir in the milk.  Bring to a boil, cook, and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.  Remove from the heat; stir in cheese until melted.

  3. Drain pasta; place in large bowl. Toss with turkey, vegetables, and cheese sauce.

  4. Transfer to a greased 13 x 9 inch baking dish.  Sprinkle with almonds if desired.

  5. Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes or until heated through

Yield: 6 servings

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