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Spaghetti Casserole, for Leftover Turkey or Ham

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This Spaghetti Casserole is easy and perfect for your weeknight dinner! Spaghetti Casserole is a perfect use up for letover turkey or ham! It’s creamy, cheesy and oh, so good!!

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Spaghetti casserole for leftover ham or turkey

Looking for a different use up for your leftover turkey or ham from the holidays! We have been making this one for years! It is totally customizable, in the fact that you can add any vegetable you like, and even whatever meat you like. Try browned ground beef, even.

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A mixture of cheeses, or a single cheese can be chosen, that is up to you, as well! Just remember that mild cheeses will melt better, giving you a creamier sauce. Sharp cheeses can be added in lesser quantities to boost the flavor profile.

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The other bonus, for me at least, is that it is made without dairy milk. I use this Evaporated Milk Substitute to make it extra thick and creamy!

You can use canned evaporated milk, if you choose to. If you don’t have any evaporated milk in the pantry, just use milk. It will still thicken up for you nicely!

So basically, this Spaghetti Casserole is a kicked up macaroni and cheese!

How to Make Spaghetti Casserole

  1. Melt butter in medium saucepan. Heat milk or evaporated milk in a separate pan.
  2. When butter bubbles, add flour, all at once. Whisk until fully incorporated and bubbly.
  3. Pour in heated milk, all at once. Season with white pepper and a bit of nutmeg.
  4. Cook and whisk over medium heat, until thickened an creamy. Add cheese. After cheese melts, taste and adjust salt.
  5. Dice turkey or ham into bite sized pieces.
  6. Cook spaghetti, according to package directions. Drain. Add half of cheese sauce to spaghetti and combine.
  7. Add turkey or ham and frozen peas.
  8. Combine.
  9. Turn pasta into baking dish. Top with remaining sauce.
  10. Sprinkle top of casserole with bread crumbs.
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Bake at 350°F for 30-45 minutes, until hot and slightly bubbly.

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Spaghetti Casserole for leftover turkey or ham

Can spaghetti casserole be frozen?

This recipe will serve a large crowd. If you want to separate the mixture into several smaller casseroles, it will freeze very well.

Just thaw overnight in the refrigerator and bake according to directions. It may take up to an hour to heat through if the casserole is cold.

Other easy recipes that utilize this cheese sauce

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That’s how easy it is to make this homemade Spaghetti Casserole, to use up the leftovers from your holiday meals.

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Spaghetti Casserole for Leftover Turkey or Ham

This Spaghetti Casserole is easy and perfect for your weeknight dinner! Spaghetti Casserole is a perfect use up for leftover turkey or ham! It’s creamy, cheesy and oh, so good!
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5 from 11 votes
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Course: entree, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 483kcal
Author: Beth Neels
Cost: $4

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Melt butter in medium saucepan. Heat milk or evaporated milk in a separate pan
  • When butter bubbles, add flour, all at once. Whisk until fully incorporated and bubbly.
  • Pour in heated milk, all at once. Season with white pepper and a bit of nutmeg.
  • Cook and whisk over medium heat, until thickened an creamy. Add cheese. After cheese melts, taste and adjust salt.
  • Dice turkey or ham into bite sized pieces.
  • Cook spaghetti, according to package directions. Drain. Add half of cheese sauce to spaghetti and combine.
  • Add turkey or ham and frozen peas.
  • Combine.
  • Turn pasta into baking dish. Top with remaining sauce.
  • Sprinkle top of casserole with bread crumbs.
  • Bake at 350°F for 30-45 minutes, until hot and slightly bubbly.
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Notes

Great for using leftover ham or turkey.
Can be frozen for about 2 months. Thaw in the refrigerator. When fully thawed cook according to above instructions, adding time, if needed to get casserole hot.
Leftovers can be frozen, but it’s better fresh.
To reheat, add a bit of milk and heat on stovetop or in microwave.
 

Nutrition

Calories: 483kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Cholesterol: 101mg | Sodium: 455mg | Potassium: 245mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1030IU | Vitamin C: 7.3mg | Calcium: 521mg | Iron: 1.7mg
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Originally Published 1/14/2019

22 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Love, love, love using leftovers! This is genius! I love pasta so whatever you put in there will make me happy. Thanks for the recipe!

  2. 5 stars
    What a wonderful lazy day meal, this is similar to something my Mum would cook to use up leftover roast meat from Sunday lunch. So many great food memories 😀

  3. 5 stars
    Looks like a comforting meal, and as you say a great way to use up some leftovers as well. Easy meals are always welcome after holidays!

    1. That is so true! We always work so hard to make the holiday meals special and delicious, it’s nice to have easy things. Caroline.

  4. 5 stars
    Yum!! I have leftover ham from Christmas (frozen, of course) and what a perfect way to use it! Thanks for sharing!!

    1. I love doing that, freezing some leftover meat, and transforming it at a later date, into something delicious! Thanks for the comment, Susan!

  5. 5 stars
    This is the kind of stick to ma ribs meal I need today as I’m in the middle of packing and moving!

  6. 5 stars
    This is delicious and perfect for my family. Such dishes are a grab at my Dinner Table and surely need to take a try. Thanks for this amazing recipe.

  7. 5 stars
    Absolutely nothing can go wrong when you combine pasta with cheese! We used to make something like this when I was a kid with just whatever we had in the refrigerator. Always so delicious

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