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Turkey Tetrazzini

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Turkey Tetrazzini is a comforting pasta baked with leftover turkey and pasta in a creamy sauce, topped with mozzarella cheese. It’s a satisfying meal that’s sure to please the whole family.

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Imagine tender chunks of turkey and pasta enveloped in a velvety sauce, all sprinkled with a bubbling layer of golden cheese. This dish is the ultimate comfort food, perfect for those chilly evenings when only something hearty will do.

Sound satisfying? It is!

What is Tetrazzini?

Tetrazzini is a classic American baked pasta dish named after the Italian opera singer Luisa Tetrazzini.

It’s made with cooked poultry or seafood, mushrooms, and a rich cream sauce, all mixed with pasta and sprinkled with cheese like Parmesan and baked until golden and bubbly. Tetrazzini is known for its creamy texture and comforting, hearty flavors.

Why I love this recipe

  • just a few steps and you’ve got a meal that looks like you’ve slaved for hours
  • it’s the ideal recipe for using up that leftover roast turkey in a way that feels completely new
  • both kids and adults love it, making it perfect for family dinners or gatherings.
  • the creamy, cheesy goodness is pure comfort food bliss

Instructions

turkey tetrazzini in bowls on countertop
  • pasta – fettucini, spaghetti, linguine, or egg noodles are all good choices
  • butter
  • cooked turkey – chopped or shredded
  • cream of mushroom soup
  • sour cream
  • spices – salt, garlic powder, ground black pepper
  • chicken broth
  • frozen peas
  • shredded mozzarella cheese
  • parsley for garnish (optional)

Step by step

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a 9×13 inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. Boil the pasta al dente in a large pot according to package directions.
  3. Meanwhile, in a large mixing bowl, combine butter, turkey, mushroom soup, sour cream, spices, broth, and peas. Stir to combine. 
  1. When pasta is cooked and drain it and add to the turkey mixture and stir.
  2. Pour turkey and noodle mixture into the prepared casserole dish. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese.
  3. Bake 30 minutes or until cheese is melted and golden brown. Serve immediately.

Tips for best results

  • Ensure your pasta is cooked al dente as it will continue to soften when baked.
  • Season your cream sauce to taste generously to prevent the dish from being too bland.
  • Use freshly grated mozzarella for the best melting quality.
  • Broil the tetrazzini for a few minutes at the end of baking if you love a crispy, golden cheese top.
  • Allow the dish to sit for a few minutes after baking for easier serving.
turkey tetrazzini in baking dish

Serving suggestions

Personally, I love pairing it with a simple fresh Caesar salad or a simple green salad with a light dressing complements the richness of the tetrazzini beautifully.

For something a bit heartier, garlic bread or a Texas toast pairs wonderfully, perfect for soaking up all that creamy sauce. If you’re looking to add more veggies to your meal, Southern green beans or roasted Brussels sprouts make delightful sides.

Expand your casserole repertoire with our with our hearty Cheesy Bacon Potato Casserole and our nutritious Green Bean Casserole!

turkey tetrazzini on plate and in baking dish

Variations

  • make chicken tetrazzini instead with leftover chicken
  • add mushrooms to the mix for an earthy flavor
  • throw in some red bell peppers for a pop of color and sweetness
  • use a different cheese, like cheddar, parmesan cheese, or a blend, for a new cheesy twist
  • amp up the flavor with sautéed diced onion
  • add a sprinkling of panko breadcrumbs mixed with melted butter for a crunchy topping
  • introduce some heat with a sprinkle of red pepper flakes

Storing and reheating tips

Turkey Tetrazzini is just as good the next day, making it perfect for leftovers.

Store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days.

For longer storage, freeze it in suitable containers for up to two months. When you’re ready to enjoy, thaw it in the refrigerator overnight and reheat in the oven or microwave until thoroughly warmed.

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Turkey Tetrazzini


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Turkey Tetrazzini is a comforting pasta baked with leftover turkey and pasta in a creamy sauce, topped with mozzarella cheese. It’s a satisfying meal that’s sure to please the whole family.


Ingredients

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  • 16 ounces fettucini or pasta of your choice
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 pound turkey
  • 2 cans cream of mushroom soup
  • 2 cups sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • parsley for garnish

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Spray a 9 by 13 inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. Cook pasta al dente according to package directions.
  3. Meanwhile, in a large mixing bowl, combine butter, turkey, soup, sour cream, spices, broth, and peas. Stir to combine. 
  4. When pasta is cooked and drained, add to the turkey mixture and stir.
  5. Pour turkey and noodle mixture into the prepared casserole dish. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese.
  6. Bake 30 minutes or until cheese is melted and golden brown. Serve immediately.

Notes

Store leftovers in an airtight container for up to 3 days in the refrigerator. Freeze for up to 3 months in a freezer-safe container (affiliate link).

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Category: Main Course
  • Method: baking
  • Cuisine: American, Italian

Nutrition

  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 415
  • Sugar: 2.9 g
  • Sodium: 1118.6 mg
  • Fat: 27.9 g
  • Carbohydrates: 15.3 g
  • Fiber: 3.5 g
  • Protein: 27.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 95.1 mg

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