Turkey Casserole Surprise – Need A Hand

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Turkey Casserole Surprise

Need A Hand
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Servings: 8


  • 1 12 ounce package wide egg noodles
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 pound ground turkey can substitute ground beef or ground chicken
  • 2 10.7 ounce cans condensed tomato soup
  • 2 Cups water
  • tsp ground black pepper
  • 3 Cups grated cheddar cheese divided
  • 1 can peas optional
  • Cooking Spray


To start:

  • Preheat oven to 425° F.
  • Fill a large pot with cold water to about 2 ½ -3 inches from the top.
  • Set to boil over high heat.
  • Once at a rolling boil add noodles to the pot and reduce heat to medium high.
  • Cook noodles according to package directions, then drain.
  • Do not rinse.

While the noodles cook:

  • Spray a sauté pan with cooking spray.
  • Set sauté pan over medium heat until hot.
  • NOTE: Do NOT spray pan with cooking spray over an open flame.
  • Add onion to hot sauté pan and cook, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned.
  • Add ground turkey to sauté pan and cook, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned.

Prepare baking pan:

  • Spray interior bottom of 13”x9” baking dish with cooking spray.
  • Place cooked noodles in bottom of baking dish.
  • Spread half of the cheese over the noodles and top with the browned meat.
  • If using the peas, drain them then evenly spread the peas over the meat.


  • Combine the tomato soup, water, and ground pepper; pour over entire pan.
  • Top with other half of cheddar cheese.
  • Bake for 35-40 minutes at 350° F.
  • Remove from oven and cool for 5 minutes on a wire rack on counter.
  • Serve.


Serving suggestions:
Refrigerate leftovers immediately.
Adapted from “Heavenly Hamburger Casserole” from the kitchen of Karla Semeter

Don’t need the extra help? Check out my “Confidence” version of the recipe.

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