Turkey, wild rice, and delicious amounts of cheese with pecans, a simple casserole perfect for Fall.
The perfect meal solution for your leftover Thanksgiving turkey!
There’s nothing more comforting and than a good casserole and this turkey wild rice casserole is as comforting as it gets. Packed with so much great texture and flavor in every bite you get a wonderful combination of everything in every bite. The cheese topping, crunchy pecans, cooked turkey, and flavorful wild rice all swirl together in a creamy mixture that will have you wanting a second helping.
This is a crowd pleaser to say the least. The best part is you probably have most of the ingredients in your pantry already. All you need is the turkey! Leftover turkey will do just fine. So, whether you are hosting or you are the guest on Thanksgiving, make sure your parcel out a good chunk of turkey for yourself as soon as possible! Then sit back, eat and relax because you won’t have to worry about planning your next meal!
Leftover Turkey Wild Rice Casserole
You’re going to love this recipe, especially around the holidays when you find yourself with more leftover turkey than you know what to do with. Making this leftover turkey and wild rice casserole is just one more way to use up what you’ve got on hand. Not only that but the other ingredients in this recipe are pretty frugal and budget-friendly too! Great news after you just spent a fortune on your holiday feasts.
- Chopped turkey
- Quick-cooking long grain and wild rice mix
- Celery ribs
- Cream of mushroom soup
- Cream of celery soup
- Sour cream
- Shredded cheddar
- Bread crumbs
- Chopped pecans
For the exact amounts needed, please see the recipe card below.
How to Make Turkey and Wild Rice Casserole
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F and spray the inside of an 11×7 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Set it aside.
- Prepare your quick-cooking wild rice according to the package instructions.
- In a larger skillet, melt your butter and add in the celery and onions. Cook until soft. This should take about 10 minutes.
- Stir in the chopped cooked turkey, the condensed cream soups, sour cream, milk, and salt.
- Add in the rice and 1 cup of shredded cheese. Stir together carefully until well mixed.
- Pour the mixture into your baking dish.
- Bake in the oven for 35 minutes.
- Sprinkle the top with the remaining cheese and the pecans and bake for an additional 5 minutes or until the cheesy is melted.
- Serve warm and enjoy!
You can add in dried cranberries for a turkey wild rice cranberry casserole. Stir them in with the first cup of cheese when making the filling or use them on top with the pecans.
How long is leftover turkey rice casserole good for?
Keep the leftovers from this dish well covered and stored in the fridge for up to about 5 days. When ready to eat simply warm it thoroughly and enjoy. You can reheat this dish in the oven for larger servings (about 350 degrees f for 15-20 minutes) or you can just reheat a single serving on a plate in the microwave within a minute or two.
Can I freeze turkey wild rice casserole?
Yes, this dish can be well covered in a freezer-friendly container and placed in the freezer for up to three months. thaw the casserole overnight in the fridge before heating in the oven and serving. you could also place the casserole on the counter to thaw for several hours and place it in the oven when it’s mostly thawed.
Can I cook this in my slow cooker?
Yes, place all of the ingredients for this recipe into the crockpot with the exception of the cheese. This includes the wild rice (dry and uncooked) and the amount of water requested on their packages. Cover and cook on LOW for 5 to 7 hours, or on HIGH for 2-½ to 3-½ hours or until rice is tender, then stir in the cheeses and close the lid for a few additional minutes until the cheese has melted. Serve warm.
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Turkey and Wild Rice Casserole
The perfect meal solution for your leftover Thanksgiving turkey!
- 1 lb turkey, chopped
- 2 boxes quick cooking long grain and wild rice mix (6.2 oz)
- 1/4 cup butter
- 2 celery ribs
- 1 cup onion, chopped
- 1 can cream of mushroom soup (10 3/4 oz)
- 1 can cream of celery soup (10 3/4 oz )
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1 cup milk
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups shredded cheddar
- 1 cup bread crumbs
- 1 cup chopped pecans
- Preheat oven to 350. Spray an 11 x7 baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.
- Prepare rice according to package directions.
- In a large skillet, melt butter add celery and onions and cook until soft, about 10 minutes. Stir in turkey, soups, sour cream, milk and salt. Add in rice and 1 cup of cheese. Carefully stir until mixed. Pour onto prepared baking dish.
- Bake for 35 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining cup of cheese and pecans and bake an additional 5 minutes
Amount Per Serving Calories 372Total Fat 26gSaturated Fat 10gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 13gCholesterol 83mgSodium 549mgCarbohydrates 17gFiber 2gSugar 3gProtein 20g
This looks delicious. Definitely saving to make after Thanksgiving!
Emily @ Life on Food says
Our leftovers always go towards sandwiches. It is one of my favorite parts of Thanksgiving. This looks great though. I am definitely keeping this for later in the year.
I know my husband likes those turkey sandwiches too!
I lol’d at what you are getting ready for… stretchy pants and containers for leftovers.. AMEN SISTA!
Thank you for understanding Liz!
That looks delicious Tanya. In fact, I might even like turkey if I could just eat it in casserole form. 😉 I will pin this to give it a try!!
You could use chicken too Lisa. I didn’t know you didn’t like turkey? What do you normally eat on Thanksgiving?
Sheena @ Hot Eats and Cool Reads says
Oh my goodness! This looks fantastic! I am a huge wild rice lover! Pinning!
Thank you Sheena!
Julie @ This Gal Cooks says
I love this, Tanya! Wild rice is one of our favs at my house!
Ours too Julie, thank you!
Stretchy pants are such a great idea! Good thing I pretty much live in leggings….I can overeat whenever I want! Ha! This casserole looks delicious, Tanya!
You do have the perfect excuse Cathy!!
Where do the bread comes go into the casserole?
For the bread crumbs.
I see the bread crumbs in the ingredient list, but not in the instructions. Are they mixed in or put on top?
Sorry about that, you’ll sprinkle those on along with the pecans.
Linda Egan says
making this right now, and trying to imagine all this in a little bitty 11 x 7 dish……..