Use your noodle

Everyone knows one of the best parts of Thanksgiving is the leftovers — and one of the best ingredients to add to leftovers is noodles.

Karina Nova, Robin Davis, and Erin Carroll show off their curried turkey pasta salad.

Karina Nova, Robin Davis, and Erin Carroll show off their curried turkey pasta salad.

Cooks can make a turkey noodle soup from the turkey carcass (use a little stuffing to thicken and season the soup). Turkey noodle casseroles are classic. And I have one additional way to use noodles with your leftovers: turkey pasta salad (I made a version this morning on 10TV that you can watch here.)

Below are two of my favorite recipes for using leftovers — one that’s traditional and one that’s a little more unique.

What are your favorite leftover recipes?

HOT PASTA CASSEROLE

Makes 8 to 10 servings

A creamy noodle casserole is a classic use for leftover turkey.

12 ounces wide egg noodles

Hot turkey casserole

Hot turkey casserole

Salt

3 tablespoons butter

1 red bell pepper, seeded, chopped

1 onion, finely chopped

3 tablespoons flour

2 cups milk

2 cups canned low-salt chicken broth

2 cups diced cooked turkey

11/2 cups frozen peas

25 Ritz crackers, coarsely crushed

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Cook noodles in a large pot of boiling salted water until almost tender but still firm to bite. Drain. Rinse under cold water. Drain well.

Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add bell pepper and onion. Cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in flour. Cook, stirring constantly, 2 minutes. Gradually whisk in milk and broth. Simmer until slightly thickened, stirring constantly, about 5 minutes. Stir in turkey, peas and noodles.

Transfer noodle mixture to a 13-by-9-inch pan. Sprinkle with crackers. Bake until golden brown and bubbly, about 15 minutes.

Curried turkey pasta salad

Curried turkey pasta salad

CURRIED TURKEY PASTA SALAD

Makes 4 to 6 servings

For a cold take on turkey leftovers, try this curried turkey salad with the addition of pasta.

8 ounces spiral pasta

Salt

3 tablespoons mayonnaise

2 tablespoons heavy cream

1 tablespoon cider vinegar

1 teaspoon curry powder

Pinch of cayenne pepper

2 cups diced cooked turkey

1 cup seedless grapes, halved

½ cup raisins

½ cup diced celery

Cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water until tender but still firm to bite.

Meanwhile, whisk mayonnaise, cream, vinegar, curry powder and cayenne in a small bowl until smooth.

Drain pasta well. Transfer warm pasta to a large bowl. Add half of dressing. Stir gently to coat. Cool.

Add turkey, grapes, raisin and celery to coated noodles. Add remaining dressing. Toss to coat.



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