This is a great dish to use up leftovers.
I always make this casserole after Thanksgiving. And the kids get so excited if I make it any other time (sometimes with chicken.)
No canned soup!
Homemade Turkey Divan Casserole with chopped turkey, broccoli, cheese, and noodles.
I make a roux with sautéed veggies in butter with flour and then add milk or cream to make a béchamel sauce. Look how thick it is! It smells quite divine and tastes wonderful alone.
Layers of deliciousness – turkey, veggies, cheese, noodles.
Ready to pop in the oven for a great frugal healthy meal for our hungry family.
Warm gooey cheesy deliciousness!
Turkey Divan Casserole
- 3 T butter
- 1/4 c AP flour
- 1-1.5 c whole milk and/or half and half
- 1 small onion chopped
- 2 stalks celery chopped
- 2 medium carrots peeled and chopped
- 1/2 c mushrooms sliced or chopped
- 1/4 c bell pepper any color, but we love red or yellow or orange
- 2 c cooked turkey or chicken chopped
- 1-2 c fresh broccoli chopped bite-size
- 1 box noodles prepared according to instructions
- 1.5 c shredded cheese We like a Mexican cheese blend. Cheddar tends to be oily.
- pinch salt and pepper to taste
- 1/2 t garlic powder to taste. I usually use a lot of garlic, fresh and powder.
- Boil noodles according to directions.
Chop vegetables and saute in butter, but don't brown the onions.
Sprinkle with flour and then immediately whisk in milk or half and half. It should thicken like white gravy. Add more liquid as needed. You can also add in some cheese for extra creaminess. Sometimes, I add the broccoli at this point to make things easy.
Combine gravy and cooked noodles and other ingredients in a bowl.
- Spread in a large casserole dish. Sprinkle with cheese.
- Bake at 350* for 30-45 minutes, depending on how crispy you like the top.
Some have mentioned this casserole was dry…No recipe is perfect and it doesn’t always turn out great every time.
Some tips to try:
- Increase temperature and/or reduce baking time. All ovens are different. Most of the ingredients are already cooked or just need to be warmed up and melded. Broil for a few minutes if you like it crispy.
- More bechamel sauce.
- Try different cheeses or cheese blends for a creamier consistency.
- Use a deeper or smaller casserole dish.
- Experiment with the type of noodle in the recipe. Egg noodles are softer while rotini are firmer and dryer.