Cheesy Turkey Veggie Casserole

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I developed this recipe tonight based on what I had in the fridge, pantry, garden and freezer.  Please feel free to adjust based on what you like, and you could certainly replace the ground turkey with ground chicken or beef, or leave it out to make a vegetarian casserole.

  • 3 Tbsp butter
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 3-4 small carrots, about 1 cup chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups sliced cremini mushrooms
  • 1 minced clove of garlic
  • leaves from 4-5 stems of fresh thyme, chopped finely
  • 4 sage leaves, chopped finely
  • 1 package (1.3 lbs) ground turkey
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 Tbsp flour
  • ground nutmeg
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup peas, fresh or frozen
  • 1 box elbow macaroni
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley

Bring a pot of water to a boil, and cook the elbow macaroni according to package directions.  Drain.  Melt the butter in a Dutch oven.  Cook the onion and carrots for about 10 minutes over medium heat.  Add the garlic, mushrooms and thyme, and cook until mushrooms have browned slightly.  Add the turkey and sage, and season with salt and pepper.  Brown the turkey, then sprinkle in the flour and cook, stirring, for a minute or two.  Slowly stir in the milk with a dash of nutmeg, and cook until thickened.  Turn off the heat, then stir in the peas and 1 cup of cheese until melted.  Add in the cooked macaroni, then top with remaining cheese, breadcrumbs and parsley.  Bake at 350° for 20 to 30 minutes, until bubbly and breadcrumbs are slightly browned.


Filed under Food, Gardening, Living from Scratch, Recipes, Sustainable Living, What's for Supper?

4 responses to “Cheesy Turkey Veggie Casserole

  1. What are the greens on the left in the picture?

  2. That looks delicious! How did it taste? We love mixing up things like that on a whim.

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