Turkey Mac-N-Cheese-azini

So remember the fab crock pot turkey?  I do.  It was great the first day; made a great sandwich the next day.  Then I took a break from poultry for a few days. (Too much of a good thing, as they say.)  Now we are back at the ranch and the turkey has beckoned. “Do something wild and unexpected before I go bad!”  Nothing like turkey with an attitude!?

Here’s recipe:

(Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.)

16 oz. bag of wide egg noodles

1 can Campbell’s cream of chicken and mushroom soup

2 medium carrots, 1 small yellow onion, 1 green bell pepper – chopped well

1 tablespoon minced garlic

2 tablespoons olive oil

8 oz . cheddar cheese, shredded

Leftover cooked turkey, chopped into small, bite-size morsels

Follow the directions on the package to cook the noodles.  I boiled them for 10 minutes, which worked well. While the noodles are cooking,  use a medium sauce pan to saute the chopped vegetables with the olive oil, adding the minced garlic along the way. In a small pot, heat the soup.  Now the easy part…

After draining the noodles in a colander, return them to the big pot.  Add everything else, cheese last.  Why cheese last?  Because that makes the recipe sound more complex and exotic.  So yes, YOU can add the cheese whenever you want, but the transitive property of equality (algebra, if you are wondering) does not apply to cheese placement, IMHO. Just add the cheese last and move on.  There’s more…

Stir the ingredients gently – you don’t want to hurt those noodles, do you?  Once it looks like all of the noodles have a coating of cheese and/or soup, and the vegetables are fairly evenly spread throughout the mixture, then put the whole thing in a large glass casserole dish, at least 9 x 13.  Cover (tent, actually) with aluminum foil and bake in the oven for 25 minutes.

Serve with ice tea, no lemon.

Was this a hit?  My 16 year old daughter ate two helpings.  This makes enough for 8 people, or 5 really hungry teenagers.

For a twist, next time I am going to either add another can of soup or up the cheese.  Probably add some fresh ground black pepper, too. You can always add more vegetables, too.

Try it and let me know how it goes!

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