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Turkey Mac and Cheese

Turkey Mac and Cheese is a great way to use leftover turkey. It is a freezable meal so you can make it now and enjoy it later.

Turkey Mac and Cheese is a wonderful comfort meal on a cold winter day. This recipe is not healthy for you but it is delicious and a great way to use up leftover turkey. I like to make this recipe after Thanksgiving and freeze it. I am usually tired of turkey after a couple of times of eating it.   

Cost Per Serving is about $7.81 as of September 2023

If you have ZERO ingredients then this recipe will cost about $31.24.

If you have a stocked pantry this recipe will cost about $14.28.

  • Cost per serving reduces to about $3.57

I am assuming you have salt, pepper and leftover turkey and do not add it into the recipe total cost. 

Stove Top

Recipe serves: 4

Serving size: 1 ~ 1/4 cup

Equipment needed: Large Pot, Small Pot, Sheet Pan and Oven Safe Bakeware

Total time: 1 Hour


Let's grocery shop!

I am assuming you have salt and pepper. It is not included in pantry and spices.

Pantry & Spices

Total: $16.96 as of September 2023

  • Olive Oil $5.49
  • Unsalted Butter $3.99
  • Flour $2.49
  • Nutmeg $4.99


Total: $14.28 as of September 2023

  • 1 garlic bulb $0.67
  • 1 pound mushrooms $1.99
  • 1 red onion $1.25
  • 1 jalapeno $0.25
  • 3/4 cup turkey, chopped $0.00
  • 1 pound elbow macaroni $1.25
  • 2% milk $1.89
  • 2 Bocks Cheddar Gruyere Cheese $6.98

Let's prep!

Let's cook!

  1. Complete prep from the prep tab above
  2. Preheat oven to 450° and roast vegetables for 10 minutes, stir then continue to bake for 5 minutes. 
  3. Bring a pot of water to boil and cook 1/2 pound pasta to package directions.
  4. Place 2 cups of milk in a small pot and set on low. Be sure not to let it boil. 
  5. In a medium pot add 1/2 cup unsalted butter until melted.
  6. Stir 1/4 cup of flour into the butter and cook for 2 minutes
  7. Add milk while stirring into the butter and flour until thickened. 
  8. Remove the milk from heat and stir in the shredded cheese. 
  9. Add nutmeg, salt, and pepper to taste
  10. Remove the paper from the garlic
  11. Chop up the roasted vegetables and garlic
  12. Stir the roasted vegetables, chopped turkey and macaroni into the cheese mixture
  13. Place the elbow macaroni mixture into a oven safe dish
  14. Preheat oven to 375° and bake mixture for 30 minutes

Freeze Option

Cool completely then place in the refrigerator for about 1 hour uncovered. Then cover with tin foil followed by plastic wrap. 

Baking from frozen: Preheat oven to 375° F, remove plastic wrap leaving the tin foil in place. Bake for 45 minutes. Remove tin foil and bake for 15 more minutes. Temperature should read at least 165° in center. 

This recipe can also be found in Winning Recipes for Turkey Leftovers

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