Cheesy Leftover Turkey Casserole

This ooey gooey leftover Thanksgiving turkey and rice casserole makes a comforting meal that’s ready in minutes.

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Cheesy Leftover Turkey Casserole

Cooking time PREP TIME 5 mins
Cooking time COOK TIME 2 mins
Servings SERVES 2
Ready in TOTAL TIME 7 mins
Cooking time
PREP TIME 5 mins
Cooking time
COOK TIME 2 mins
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  • 1 cup Minute® White Rice Cups
  • 1/3 cup leftover roast turkey, shredded
  • 1/3 cup leftover turkey gravy
  • 1/3 cup leftover Thanksgiving dinner vegetables, chopped
  • 1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1/4 cup leftover stuffing
  • 1/2 cup cranberry sauce (optional)


  • Cheesy Leftover Turkey Casserole is a perfect way to use up all those yummy leftovers.

    Step 1

  • Heat rice according to package directions.

    Step 2

  • Stir together rice, turkey, gravy, vegetables and half the cheese in a medium bowl. Spoon into greased 2-cup, microwave-safe casserole dish. Sprinkle with stuffing and remaining cheese. Cover with plastic wrap, pulling back a small area for venting. Microwave on HIGH, for 60-90 secs, or until heated through and cheese is melted.

    Step 3

  • Serve with cranberry sauce, if using.

    Recipe Tip

    This casserole is a great way to use up leftover cheese from holiday cheese platters. Cheddar, Swiss, fontina, Gouda, Brie or mozzarella all work nicely in this recipe.

Leftover Ideas

Already bored of turkey, stuffing, and cranberry sauce the day after Thanksgiving? Turn your leftovers into something new with Minute® Rice! First up is our Leftover Turkey Soup, a novel take on classic chicken noodle. It’s the ideal comfort food to warm you up on a chilly November day because it’s made with peas, carrots, and some of that delectable, leftover gravy.

Warm and Delicious

Speaking of warm and delicious, this dish of Cheesy Turkey and Broccoli Rice, cooked using leftovers from Thanksgiving, is another one you can add to your list of traditional comfort foods. Try it for yourself by heating a cup of Minute® Ready to Serve White Rice in just 1 minute. All the items you need to make an entirely different lunch that will satisfy your cravings are some of the leftover turkey, Cheddar cheese, sour cream, and broccoli. For a mix of sweet and savory, use up that last bit of pumpkin puree along with your turkey in this Pumpkin Curry Turkey Soup with Rice. It’s a delicious and filling new way to repurpose your favorite holiday foods into something entirely new.


You might be looking for a lighter rice salad after a hearty lunch. If so, try our Kale, Turkey, and Brown Rice Salad with Cranberry Dressing, made with tangy cranberry sauce. With a robust base of Minute® Brown Rice, crunchy greens, and additional protein from your leftover turkey, this delicious salad boasts gorgeous autumnal hues and bold, seasonal flavors.

You can also try this healthy and energizing Thanksgiving Salad with Arugula, Rice, and Quinoa. This recipe is a wonderful complement to your Thanksgiving table or a light dinner to enjoy with leftovers because it is made with autumnal ingredients like butternut squash, dried cranberries, and lush arugula.

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