Do you have a surplus of Holiday Turkey left over? Are you looking for something to do with it that isn’t the typical leftover sandwich? Those are definitely good the very next day, but what about that second day…when you’re about tired of turkey and need something to change it up. I whipped up this seriously quick and easy leftover holiday turkey casserole using really simple ingredients to create a casserole jam packed with delicious flavors. Bacon? Good. Turkey? Good. Cheese? GOOD.
If you don’t like Brussel Sprouts, you can very easily sub them out for your favorite veggie– Broccoli, Peas, Corn, Carrots, Asparagus? You can really add anything in here!
Be warned, I don’t know how to cook for small amounts of people, it’s not in my DNA. This will make a lot of pasta, adjust as needed.
- 24 oz Brussel Sprouts, Steamed
- 1 Box Linguine
- 1-2 Large Turkey Breasts (or equal amount of whatever cut you prefer)
- 8-10 Strips of Bacon, Cooked
- NEW Butter Parmesan Sauce from RAGÚ® (1-2 Jars)
- Fresh Parmesan to Grate over top, to taste
- Onion Powder, Garlic Powder, Salt, Pepper, Paprika to Taste
Put your linguine into a large pot of salted water and leave that to boil.
I used Steam Bag Brussels, so start by cooking those thoroughly. If you use fresh, skip this step obviously and just cut yours in half lengthwise. Season those sprouts LIBERALLY. Brown your bacon over medium heat, being sure not to burn (we will be baking this casserole later). Set the bacon aside to cool on a paper towel, and throw a few cloves of minced garlic into the pan. Place your brussel sprouts face down into the pan and let them cook. Brussel sprouts are best with some char on them, so just let them do their thing for 8-10 minutes. Trust me on this. Just leave them alone.
Once these have a good bit of char on them, remove them from the pan and set aside.
Once everything is cooked thoroughly (slice up your leftover turkey into bite sized pieces), it’s all just a matter of assembling it… I told you guys, this is super easy.
I threw everything–except the freshly grated parm, that comes later, into a large bowl with all of my seasonings to taste and mixed it all up.
Once you’ve done that, throw it all into a 9×13 casserole dish, top with freshly grated parm AND your bacon bits and put into an oven at 350 for about 10 minutes. Alternatively, you can broil it on low and watch it carefully.
It’s really all about warming everything up together, melting the cheese, and not drying out your leftover turkey. Poultry has the tendency to dry out already and we don’t want to help it out. (Thankfully my Thanksgiving Turkey is usually pretty moist–I know, I’m sorry– and it didn’t dry out when I did this!)
And here’s the finished product! It’s really such a quick, easy, and delicious way to use up some of that leftover Holiday Turkey.
These flavors really blend beautifully together…the bacon, parm, and brussels pair so well.