Turkey Tetrazzini

Ah, Thanksgiving leftovers. We love them, we hate them. I’m grateful for all the extra turkey my mom cooked this year, because it’s so easy to incorporate turkey into fast dishes.

This one ended up being not-so-fast, but the prep was easy. There was just more of it than I expected. And it was so good! There are plenty of leftovers, even with a family of five attacking it, so I’m happy. This recipe is based on Turkey Tetrazzini II, from AllRecipes.com.

Ingredients

  • 1 (16 ounce) package uncooked whole wheat spaghetti
  • 6 tbsp. butter
  • Garlic, minced or crushed (or garlic powder)
  • Herbs to taste (thyme, parsley, and a pinch of nutmeg are some options)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose or whole wheat flour
  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 2/3 cups grated Parmesan cheese (or a combo of Parmesan and Swiss)
  • 3-4 cups chopped cooked turkey
  • 2-3 cups of veggies of your choice (I used edamame, corn, and sauteed mushrooms)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/3 cup bread crumbs (optional)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Butter a medium baking dish.
  2. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add spaghetti, and cook for 8  minutes or until al dente. Drain, return to pot, and lightly oil.
  3. If using mushrooms or other veggies that need to be sauteed (like onions), saute in separate skillet while pasta boils.
  4. Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic (or garlic powder) and herbs. Stir in flour, mixing well and stirring constantly for about one minute. Whisk in chicken broth and milk. Add veggies. Taste sauce as it cooks and salt to taste. Cook and stir until the mixture comes to a boil. Stir in about 1 1/3 cups Parmesan cheese (or Parm/Swiss mixture), and remove from heat.
  5. Mix chicken stock mixture and turkey with spaghetti in pot. Pour into prepared baking dish. Top with remaining cheese and bread crumbs (optional). Bake 30-40 min. in the preheated oven, until surface is lightly browned.
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One thought on “Turkey Tetrazzini

  1. We just made this! Okay, really we made the good old-fashioned bad for you campbell’s soup version, lol. Next year I’ll try this recipe! Yum!

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