This is the Best Ever Turkey Tetrazzini! The cheesy and creamy pasta dish with mushrooms and peas makes leftover turkey delicious again.
Ingredients and substitutions
- Spaghetti – try egg noodles, linguine or angel hair pasta instead. You can also use any leftover pasta you might have.
- Leftover turkey – you can use leftover chicken or fresh boneless chicken instead.
- Button mushrooms – substitute for baby portobello/cremini mushrooms or a small can of drained mushrooms. You could also leave the mushrooms out altogether.
- Butter – use 1 tbsp. olive oil or coconut oil instead.
- Garlic – fresh minced garlic is best but ¼ tsp. garlic powder would also work.
- Flour – use your favourite gluten-free flour substitute or arrowroot to help thicken the sauce.
- Dry white wine – while wine adds amazing flavour to the sauce, you can also use chicken broth, vegetable broth, milk or a non-sweetened milk substitute.
- Heavy cream – half and half or sour cream will help make the sauce nice and rich with less calories.
- Salt & pepper – to taste.
- Parmesan – use cheddar, gruyere or mozzarella instead (just keep in mind it will change the flavour).
- Frozen peas – peas are classic to this dish, but almost any frozen veggie blend can be used instead.
- Fresh parsley – leave this out altogether if you don’t have any on hand.
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How to make turkey tetrazzini
Step 1: Cook the pasta.
Cook pasta in a large pot of salted boiling water for 7-9 minutes until al dente. Drain, reserving 1 cup of the pasta water and set aside.
Step 2: Sauté the mushrooms.
Meanwhile, saute mushrooms in a large skillet with a little bit of butter for 3-4 minutes until they release liquid and are cooked through. Remove from heat and set aside.
Step 3: Make the sauce.
Once pasta is removed from pot, add it back to heat and melt butter. Add garlic, sauteeing for 30 seconds until fragrant. Whisk in flour, then add wine. Simmer for 2-3 minutes until slightly reduced. Stir in pasta water, heavy cream, salt & pepper and parmesan cheese, bringing to a boil.
Step 4: Add everything back into the pot.
Add pasta, leftover turkey, mushrooms and peas.
Step 5: Toss to combine.
Toss well to combine and cook for 2 minutes or so until heated through.
Step 6: Serve and enjoy!
Garnish with parsley and extra parmesan cheese, then serve and enjoy.
Adding more veggies
It’s so easy to add some extra veggies to your turkey tetrazzini. Really, any vegetable you like can be added when you add the mushrooms.
Some of my favourite options include:
- Green beans
Chop some fresh vegetables up into bite-sized pieces and sauté up to 2 cups of veggies with the mushrooms. You may need to make more sauce if you add more than that. If you have leftover cooked veggies in the fridge, you can add them straight in with the mushrooms.
Frequently Asked Questions
Turkey tetrazzini is a creamy pasta dish that’s named after Italian opera singer Luisa Tetrazzini. There are several origin stories when it comes to tetrazzini – it’s thought to have been invented at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco when Luisa Tetrazzini made her opera debut, but others say the dish was first created at the Knickerbocker Hotel in New York City.
Turkey tetrazzini recipes are a great way to use up your turkey leftovers. The dish is made of leftover turkey (or chicken), spaghetti noodles, and a creamy sauce typically made with heavy cream, mushrooms and frozen peas. It’s super creamy and so delicious!
Turkey tetrazinni is a meal in and of itself – you’ve got protein, veggies and carbs all in one dish. If you want to serve something on the side, I’d suggest a nice green salad or some crusty bread.
Storing and reheating
Keep any leftover turkey tetrazzini in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. Reheat for 1 to 2 minutes in the microwave – I recommend sprinkling some water over top first so the pasta doesn’t dry out.
You can also reheat your leftover tetrazzini in a casserole dish. Just bake it in the oven for 20 to 30 minutes at 325° Fahrenheit. Sprinkle on some fresh parmesan and dig in!
Can you freeze turkey tetrazzini?
Yes! Like most turkey tetrazzini recipes, this one is definitely freezer-friendly If you have a lot of leftovers or you just want to prepare this dish ahead of time, you can freeze your tetrazzini for up to 3 months in an airtight container.
Thaw the tetrazzini in the fridge overnight and bake for about 30 to 40 minutes at 350° Fahrenheit until hot and bubbly.
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Best Ever Turkey Tetrazzini
- 1 lb spaghetti
- 2 cups leftover turkey or chicken
- 8 oz button mushrooms, sliced
- 1 tbsp butter
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tbsp flour
- 1/2 cup dry white wine
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated
- 1 cup frozen peas
- Fresh parsley, for garnish
- Cook pasta in a large pot of salted boiling water for 7-9 minutes until al dente. Drain, reserving 1 cup of the pasta water and set aside.
- Meanwhile, saute mushrooms in a large skillet with a little bit of butter for 3-4 minutes until they release liquid and are cooked through. Remove from heat and set aside.
- Once pasta is removed from pot, add it back to heat and melt butter. Add garlic, sauteeing for 30 seconds until fragrant. Whisk in flour, then add wine. Simmer for 2-3 minutes until slightly reduced. Stir in pasta water, heavy cream, salt & pepper and parmesan cheese, bringing to a boil.
- Add pasta, leftover turkey, mushrooms and peas, tossing well to combine and cooking for 2 minutes or so until heated through.
- Garnish with parsley and extra parmesan cheese, then serve and enjoy.
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