Thanksgiving is Thursday and that means at this time next week, we will all have a refrigerator or freezer full of leftovers. This leftover turkey casserole is the perfect way to use up any leftover turkey you have. Because this leftover turkey casserole recipe uses rice instead of pasta, it is gluten free so my daughter can enjoy it as well.
One of the best things about this leftover turkey casserole recipe is how versatile it is. While I have used green peas in my recipe, if you have leftover broccoli, carrots, or green beans, you can easily substitute them for the peas. I enjoy topping my casserole with shredded Colby or Monterey Jack cheese but any type of shredded cheese would work well from Parmesan to Cheddar. If you aren’t worried about gluten, you could top this casserole with buttered breadcrumbs as well.
Leftover Turkey Casserole with Rice
- 2 cups cooked rice
- 1 cup cooked miniature peas
- 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
- non-stick olive oil spray
- ½ onion, diced small
- 2 tsp thyme
- 2 cups diced leftover turkey
- ½ cup Pacific Organic Vegetarian Pho soup starter
- ½ cup Greek yogurt, plain
- 2 cups grated Colby or Monterey Jack cheese
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- Cook the rice following manufacturer's directions.
- Saute the onion and thyme in the olive oil until translucent.
- Add the diced leftover turkey.
- Stir in the cooked rice and combine.
- Add the cooked miniature peas and carefully combine.
- Mix the Greek yogurt, 1 cup of grated cheese and Pacific Organic Vegetarian Pho soup starter in a small bowl.
- Pour over the rice mixture and combine.
- Pour into a casserole dish that has been sprayed with non stock spray.
- Cook in preheated oven for 20 minutes or until bubbling. Remove from oven and top with remaining grated cheese.
- Return to oven for 10 minutes or until cheese topping is melted.
All of the Pacific Soup Starters are gluten free! Varieties include Beef Pho, Chicken Pho, Tom Yum, Tortilla and Vegetarian Pho. While I used the Pacific Soup Starter as a base for this Leftover Turkey Casserole with Rice, they also work wonderfully as a soup base. Just heat up the soup base, add your favorite mix ins and serve! Ready to eat in 30 minutes or less. Pacific Foods makes foods that are clean and simple, using only natural and organic grains, meats and veggies, while trying to source as close to home as possible.
Pacific uses Tetra Pak packaging which requires fewer materials to create, to process and to ship. And in many places, it’s even recyclable. No worries about aluminum in your food with Tetra Pak. They also require no refrigeration, which saves on energy, too.