Turkey Tetrazzini

by Lana Stuart on December 1, 2010 · 18 comments

Turkey Tetrazzini

I may be a few days late with this post. Especially since everyone should have discarded all the leftover turkey by now. But, I’m posting it anyway because, well, it’s really good and I’m thinking perhaps a few of you may have frozen some turkey for later? Besides you can always substitute leftover chicken.

Five Generations

But before I start the recipe, I want to share a photo with you. This is a very special, very rare photograph of five generations in the same place at the same time. And it was taken on my back deck on Thanksgiving afternoon. I almost can’t find the words to tell you what it’s like to have your grandmother, mother, daughter and two granchildren all at the Thanksgiving table with you. The uniqueness of having family ranging in age from 4 to 95 all present and all enjoying each other is pretty incredible. I just don’t believe there are many families that have this many living generations. Over the years, we’ve been together lots and lots of times but somehow no one ever remembers to take a picture. And I meant, by golly, that this occasion was not going to slip by without getting a shot of us. I appreciate my Mama so very much for driving all the way here so that she and Polly could spend Thanksgiving day with us. It was so much fun! And I’ve almost recovered from all the cooking now :-)

So, on with the recipe. This is my standard after-Thanksgiving, use-up-the-turkey casserole. Its ingredients are so different from the flavors on the Thanksgiving menu and that makes it quite welcome. I serve this with garlic bread and a fresh mixed salad with a classic vinaigrette dressing.

8 oz. package spaghetti
Cooking spray
1 tblsp. butter or margarine
3 cups sliced fresh mushrooms
1 small onion, minced
2 ribs celery, minced
½ cup all-purpose flour
1 ½ cups milk
1 can chicken broth
3 oz. cream cheese
½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
½ tsp. salt
¼ tsp. pepper
½ tsp. garlic powder
¼ cup diced pimiento
2 cups chopped cooked turkey or chicken
½ cup chopped Italian parsley

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Turkey Tetrazzini

Cook the spaghetti according to the package directions. Set aside.

Turkey Tetrazzini

Coat a large pan with cooking spray and place over medium-high heat. Add butter or margarine. When melted, add mushrooms, onion and celery. Cook, stirring frequently until tender.

Turkey Tetrazzini

Whisk together the flour and milk until smooth.

Turkey Tetrazzini

Add the flour-milk mixture along with the chicken broth, salt and pepper to the sautéed vegetables. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Turkey Tetrazzini

Remove from the heat and add cream cheese, stirring until melted. Stir in half the Parmesan cheese, garlic powder, pimiento, turkey, spaghetti and parsley.

Turkey Tetrazzini

Or stir in the parsley after you’ve mixed everything together if you’ve almost forgotten it, like me :-)

Turkey Tetrazzini

Spoon the mixture into a shallow baking dish coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle evenly with the remaining Parmesan cheese. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until thoroughly heated.

Enjoy!

Turkey Tetrazzini

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 8 servings

Turkey Tetrazzini

Great way to use up those Thanksgiving turkey leftovers!

Ingredients

  • 8 oz. package spaghetti
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 tblsp. butter or margarine
  • 3 cups sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1 small onion, minced
  • 2 ribs celery, minced
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ cups milk
  • 1 can chicken broth
  • 3 oz. cream cheese
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. pepper
  • ½ tsp. garlic powder
  • ¼ cup diced pimiento
  • 2 cups chopped cooked turkey or chicken
  • ½ cup chopped Italian parsley

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cook the spaghetti according to the package directions. Set aside.
  3. Coat a large pan with cooking spray and place over medium-high heat. Add butter or margarine. When melted, add mushrooms, onion and celery. Cook, stirring frequently until tender.
  4. Whisk together the flour and milk until smooth.
  5. Add the flour-milk mixture along with the chicken broth, salt and pepper to the sautéed vegetables. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  6. Remove from the heat and add cream cheese, stirring until melted. Stir in half the Parmesan cheese, garlic powder, pimiento, turkey, spaghetti and parsley.
  7. Spoon the mixture into a shallow baking dish coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle evenly with the remaining Parmesan cheese. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until thoroughly heated.

Notes

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{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Wenderly December 1, 2010 at 5:18 pm

Wow! What a beautiful family! And FIVE generations?…that’s impressive! We would brag about 4 generations until we lost grandmother at 93 1/2 a few months ago! You come from a dandy stock lovely lady!

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2 Lana December 2, 2010 at 10:30 am

Thank you, Wendy. We are so very fortunate to have each other!

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3 Happier Than A Pig in Mud December 1, 2010 at 5:27 pm

What a great photo, I’m so happy for you, I know you’ll treasure it! Your turkey tet looks mighty good too:@)

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4 Lana December 2, 2010 at 10:31 am

Thanks! It’s a pretty tasty recipe.

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5 Susan Mallery December 1, 2010 at 5:36 pm

I adore the picture of your multigenerational family. What a wonderful tribute to them! Our turkey is gone, but I’ll remember your recipe for next time. It sounds delicious and homey.

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6 Teri December 1, 2010 at 8:07 pm

Beautiful picture, beautiful family. 5 generations is really something. You must have had a terrific holiday!
Your recipe looks delish as always ;)

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7 Lana December 2, 2010 at 10:31 am

It was a fine day, Teri. Wouldn’t take anything for having family all together.

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8 Miss P December 2, 2010 at 8:46 am

Those are my Peeps!

Miss P

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9 Lana December 2, 2010 at 10:32 am

Sho’ nuf.

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10 Drick December 2, 2010 at 8:19 pm

now Lana, that is something to be proud of, having all in one place, and what a beautiful picture… nothing better than family photos and nothing better that being able to spend time with the ones you love… hey, this recipe is out of sight, Momma taught me to do a chicken version many years ago and is it very similar…. reminds me to git out my cookbook and start cooking family favorites…

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11 Nutmeg Nanny December 2, 2010 at 11:15 pm

I love turkey tetrazzini. I haven’t had it in a very long time. Yours looks great!

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12 Alicia December 2, 2010 at 11:53 pm

Lana, I love the picture of your family — how amazing! What a great way to use up turkey! I love casseroles!

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13 Barbara @moderncomfortfood December 3, 2010 at 11:12 am

What a joy to have five (count ‘em five) generations together for Thanksgiving dinner, and how I envy you for that. And what a joy your turkey tetrazzini recipe is too! For some reason, I ALWAY associate this dish with the southern part of the US and find myself wondering how and why it became such a dinnertime favorite here. My version, which I make often, is similar to yours except for your superb idea of including cream cheese. That is such a good idea and one I plan to adopt pronto.

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14 Lana December 3, 2010 at 9:26 pm

I agree, Barbara, that tetrazzini is a decidedly southern casserole but have no idea why that is so. Unless it started with homemade noodles or thin dumplings at the beginning and gradually evolved to the more easily prepared dried pasta. Just a guess.

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15 Nisrine | Dinners & Dreams December 3, 2010 at 6:04 pm

What a wonderful casserole. I am loving this dish.

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16 Debbie December 4, 2010 at 12:49 pm

Beautiful family! I’m glad you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I enjoy all your recipes.

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17 Pam November 17, 2011 at 5:28 pm

This is the sweetest story of all time. I got a little weepy at the picture of your family together on Thanksgiving. I’m absolutely going to try the recipes. Thank you for sharing your story.

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