Turkey Tetrazzini

This Turkey Tetrazzini is a great way to use leftover turkey or chicken! It’s creamy, cheesy, hearty and oh so comforting!!

This Turkey Tetrazzini is a great way to use leftover turkey or chicken! It's creamy, cheesy and oh so comforting!!

Here I go, planning Thanksgiving leftovers already!  I’m not going to lie….. I like to make extra turkey just for the leftovers!  There are so many options like this turkey tetrazzini.  My kids and husband can’t get enough of this dish so I’m sure I will be putting it on the menu next week.

A few other dishes I like to make to help use up some leftovers is this Turkey Cobb Salad, Green Chile Turkey Quesadillas, and I really want to try this Turkey and Spinach Stuffing Casserole.

This Turkey Tetrazzini is a great way to use leftover turkey or chicken! It's creamy, cheesy and oh so comforting!!

So, what are everyone’s plans for Thanksgiving???  The day after Thanksgiving??  Are you hosting Thanksgiving this year?  If you are, be sure to check out my Thanksgiving Menu for Beginners because it’s loaded with information to help the day go smoothly.  I will be hosting Thanksgiving at my house and I like having a plan in mind to help me get dinner out at a decent time. 🙂

As far as after Thanksgiving I haven’t even thought that far yet.  Usually, my husband and I go out and get all of our Christmas shopping done which is so nice.  BUT I don’t even have a list started, YIKES!  I have got to get started on that one and soon!

This Turkey Tetrazzini is a great way to use leftover turkey or chicken! It's creamy, cheesy and oh so comforting!!

About this Turkey Tetrazzini:

  • You can also use leftover chicken or a rotisserie chicken is great here too.
  • This can also be made in advance.  Just assemble (minus the crumb topping), cover and store in the refrigerator overnight.  Remove from the refrigerator 30 minutes before baking.  Uncover and top with breadcrumb topping, bake as usual.  Freezer option:  Assemble minus the crumb topping, cover well with plastic wrap and foil then freeze for up to 2 months.  Thaw completely and top with breadcrumb topping just before baking.
  • Serve this dish with a simple side salad or your favorite steamed green vegetable.  These Garlic Cheddar Biscuits and Skillet Garlic Green Beans are also great with this.
4.67 from 3 votes
This Turkey Tetrazzini is a great way to use leftover turkey or chicken! It's creamy, cheesy and oh so comforting!!
Turkey Tetrazzini
Prep Time
25 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
55 mins
 

This Turkey Tetrazzini is a great way to use leftover turkey or chicken.  It's creamy, cheesy, hearty and oh so comforting. 

Author: Malinda Linnebur
Ingredients
  • 8 ounces (227g) linguine or spaghetti, cooked
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 1 (8 oz) (226g) pkg baby portobello mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 4-6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/3 cup (45g) all purpose flour
  • 2 cups (450ml) milk or half and half
  • 1 1/2 cups (350ml) chicken broth or stock
  • 3/4 cup (180ml) white wine
  • 2 cups (190g) shredded monterey jack cheese
  • 1/2 cup (60g) grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3 cups (420g) shredded cooked turkey or chicken
BREADCRUMB TOPPING:
  • 1/3 cup (23g) panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/3 cup (55g) grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
Instructions
  1. Start cooking your pasta.  Make breadcrumb topping and set aside.  

  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  3. In a large oven-going skillet melt the butter over medium to medium-high heat.  Add the mushrooms and cook stirring occasionally until lightly browned.  Add the onion and cook until tender.  Add garlic and cook stirring for 1 minute.  

  4. Stir in the flour and cook for 1 minute.  Whisk in the milk, broth, wine, salt, and pepper until smooth.  Cook until thickened (about 3 minutes).  Whisk in the cheeses until melted.  Remove from heat and stir in the turkey and drained pasta.  Top with reserved breadcrumb topping.  Bake for 20-30 minutes or until bubbly and lightly browned.  

Recipe Notes
  1. Make ahead: Prepare and assemble dish as directed without the breadcrumb topping.  Cover and refrigerate overnight.  Remove from the refrigerator 30 minutes before baking.  Top with breadcrumb topping and bake as directed.  
  2. Freezer option: Prepare and assemble dish as directed without the breadcrumb topping.  Cover tightly with plastic wrap and/or foil and freeze for up to 2 months.  Thaw completely before baking.  Top with breadcrumb topping before baking and bake as directed.  
  3. Serving options: serve this with a simple side salad, favorite steamed green vegetable or these Skillet Garlic Green Beans.  These Garlic Cheddar Biscuits also pair well. 

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Comments

  • Melissa wrote:

    Yes! Thanksgiving leftovers are the best! This is the perfect way to use up that extra turkey!

    • Malinda wrote:

      I agree! Thanks Melissa!

  • Danielle Green wrote:

    What a delicious dish to make with leftovers, and everyone loves tetrazzini!

    • Malinda wrote:

      Thank you Danielle!

  • Julie Evink wrote:

    Perfect meal for leftovers!! I also love the idea of make ahead meals, so thanks for sharing that tip!!

    • Malinda wrote:

      Make ahead meals all the way!

  • Erin @ The Speckled Palate wrote:

    I like to make extra turkey for the leftovers, too, and this tetrazzini sounds AMAZING! Adding it to our list for next Friday!

    • Malinda wrote:

      Thank you! Let me know how you like it!

  • Valentina @Valentina’s Corner wrote:

    Now this is a stunning meal for leftover turkey. No one will complain..

    • Malinda wrote:

      My family loves this dish and I love it when no one complains at dinner time! 😉

  • Bobbie wrote:

    Yum! This was so much better, creamier, tastier than the stovetop recipe I tried from here. It’s missing something, but I can’t determine what it might be. Yep! This is a keeper!

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