Casseroles/ Italian/ Pasta/Noodles/ Turkey & Other Poultry

Turkey Tetrazzini

Turkey Tetrazzini – Creamy and Cheesy pasta dish with mushrooms and leftover holiday turkey.

Turkey Tetrazzini ~ The Complete SavoristI have this friend.  I’ve referred to him as Xavier before on the blog, that’s not really his name, but it suits him. He’s who you have to thank for all the miso dishes.  He loves all things Japanese and has been broadening my Asian palate.  We talk frequently, he eats my food regularly.  He’s been an excellent guinea pig.

I often brainstorm recipe ideas with him, or to be honest, at him while he just smiles and nods.  It’s amusing.  Other than something with miso, he’s never really asked me to make anything specific for him (i.e. the blog), despite my asking if there’s anything he’d particularly like.

Well, I got talking about turkey leftovers and he threw out a few suggestions, one of them being turkey tetrazzini.  I thought that was a good idea, so I filed it in the brain. Now, as mentioned, this friend of mine doesn’t really suggest foods for me to make but managed to work tetrazzini into various conversations three more times.  I took that as a man-speak that he actually wanted me to make this dish.Turkey Tetrazzini ~ The Complete SavoristSo, here’s a turkey tetrazzini.  You can thank my friend. It’s cheesy and delicious. The mushrooms make it heavenly. And despite the turkey being leftover and rebaked, it was still moist and juicy…I blame the cheese for that.

Turkey Tetrazzini



  • 10 oz . angel hair pasta
  • 8 oz . mushrooms; sliced
  • 1 medium onion; diced
  • 2 celery ribs , diced
  • 1/4 cup butter plus 1 tbsp
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup white wine (or broth)
  • 1/4 tsp . thyme
  • 1/4 tsp . nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp . paprika
  • Salt/pepper; to taste
  • 1 clove garlic; minced/grated
  • 2 oz . cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese; grated
  • 3 1/2 cups cooked turkey; cubed
  • Freshly parsley to garnish (optional)


  1. Cook the pasta 1 minute shy of packaged directions; drain
  2. While pasta is cooking, cook the vegetables and make the cheese sauce
  3. In a large skillet over medium high heat, add 1/4 cup butter and cook the onions, mushrooms, and celery
  4. Sauté for about 3 minutes or until the vegetables have begun to soften; add the flour and stir well, making sure all the flour has been thoroughly mixed into butter and vegetables.
  5. Slowly pour in both the milk and the wine (broth); stir well

Cheese sauce

  1. In a saucepan, melt the butter and cream cheese
  2. Once smooth, add the sour cream and mozzarella cheese
  3. After the cheese has completely melted and the sauce is smooth, add the thyme, nutmeg, paprika, salt, and pepper, stirring well to fully incorporate the seasonings into the cheese sauce


  1. In a large bowl combine the pasta, vegetables, turkey, and cheese sauce; toss well
  2. Pour into a large baking or casserole dish, cover, and bake in a 375° degree oven for 30 minutes, remove cover and bake an additional 5 minutes allowing the top to brown.
  3. Garnish with freshly chopped parsley
  4. Enjoy

Turkey Tetrazzini ~ The Complete Savorist

Turkey Tetrazzini ~ The Complete SavoristTurkey Tetrazzini ~ Creamy and Cheesy pasta dish with mushrooms and leftover holiday turkey ~ The Complete Savorist

You Might Also Like

  • Aimee @ ShugarySweets
    November 24, 2014 at 6:52 am

    My famiy loves tetrazzini, and I’m pretty sure this will be happening with our leftover Thanksgiving turkey!!

    • Michelle
      November 24, 2014 at 9:24 am

      It’s really a great way to use those leftovers up!

  • christine
    November 24, 2014 at 10:06 am

    Mmmm, sounds like a great way to use up that leftover turkey!

    • Michelle
      November 24, 2014 at 10:16 am

      Exactly! Rich, cheesy pasta, what’s not to love?

  • The Food Hunter
    November 24, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    this is making me very hungry!

    • Michelle
      November 24, 2014 at 3:30 pm

      Thank you Theresa!

  • Sandi Gaertner (@sandigtweets)
    November 24, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    This is perfect for all of that left over turkey!

    • Michelle
      November 24, 2014 at 3:31 pm

      Yes, easily done with GF noodles too.

  • Serena | Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch
    November 24, 2014 at 5:05 pm

    Such a wonderful dish and I love that you used leftover turkey! Delish!

    • Michelle
      November 24, 2014 at 5:26 pm

      Thank you Serena! It’s cheesy good.

  • Faith (An Edible Mosaic)
    November 24, 2014 at 5:49 pm

    This looks wonderful – I know what I’m making to help use up some of those turkey leftovers! Mushrooms are a great addition too.

    • Michelle
      November 24, 2014 at 5:55 pm

      Thank you Faith, mushrooms tend to make lots of things better! Happy Thanksgiving.

  • Dionne Baldwin
    November 24, 2014 at 11:13 pm

    This looks like a great recipe for turkey leftovers. I’d even use chicken after the turkey is gone.

    • Michelle
      November 24, 2014 at 11:57 pm

      Chicken would be perfect.

  • Linda (Meal Planning Maven)
    November 25, 2014 at 6:28 am

    Love finding new dishes that use leftover turkey and yours looks yummy! Great comfort food as well!

    • Michelle
      November 25, 2014 at 9:54 am

      Thank you Linda, it truly is a great comfort food, pasta, protein and cheesy goodness.

  • Mandy @Mandy's Recipe Box
    November 25, 2014 at 7:40 am

    Oh this looks like the perfect use for leftover turkey! And I love the mushrooms in it!

    • Michelle
      November 25, 2014 at 9:53 am

      Thanks Mandy, the mushrooms really make the dish.

  • GiGi Eats
    November 25, 2014 at 8:09 am

    I am so making a rendition of this with spaghetti squash and coconut milks 🙂

    • Michelle
      November 25, 2014 at 9:53 am

      Oh let me know when you make that, that sounds great.

  • Cate @ Chez CateyLou
    November 25, 2014 at 9:08 am

    Turkey Tetrazzini is always on the Christmas menu at my aunt’s house and I absolutely love it! Yours looks so delicious and creamy – can’t wait to try this recipe. Thanks Xaiver 🙂

    • Michelle
      November 25, 2014 at 9:52 am

      Thanks Cate! It’s a great dish and Xavier was pleased too. 😉

  • Debra Clark
    November 25, 2014 at 11:12 am

    Man talk is a very complicated language, sounds like you’ve mastered it…and tetrazzini! 🙂 Recipe looks wonderful, yum!

    • Michelle
      November 25, 2014 at 12:39 pm

      Oh I’ve far from mastered it…it’s a tough one. But the recipe is yum, thank you.

  • Marie @
    November 25, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    Always a favorite at our house. Beautiful reicpe

    • Michelle
      November 25, 2014 at 12:39 pm

      Thank you Marie!

  • Nicole Neverman
    November 25, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    To me, this dish is the PERFECT way to use up those leftovers! What a fantastic, easy, delicious dish. I could see myself wanting seconds, and thirds!

    • Michelle
      November 25, 2014 at 1:27 pm

      It’s an easy dish to overeat with, that’s for sure.

  • Healing Tomato
    November 26, 2014 at 9:47 am

    Xavier sounds like a nice person. I am obsessed with Miso too and I would try all the miso recipes you put out.

    • Michelle
      November 26, 2014 at 10:53 am

      Xavier is one of the nicest people ever, truly kind. 🙂 I did a miso dish the other day…a soup, but not how you imagine! 🙂

  • Debra Clark
    November 26, 2014 at 7:20 pm

    Such a great use of leftover turkey and chicken – one of my fav meals!

    • Michelle
      November 26, 2014 at 11:20 pm

      Ah thank you Debra! Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

  • Leftover Thanksgiving Dinner Ideas
    November 29, 2014 at 11:01 pm

    […] Turkey Tetrazzini by The Complete Savorist […]

  • Mike Benayoun
    November 30, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    Love discovering new recipes but most of all new words. Didn’t know about tetrazzini until today. Thanks a lot Michelle!

    • Michelle
      November 30, 2014 at 3:51 pm

      Ah, a fellow logophile! I love words too.

  • Tara
    February 8, 2015 at 10:00 am

    I have not had turkey tetrazzini forever and it is a great way to use leftover turkey. I have to try your recipe soon, YUM!!

    • Michelle
      February 8, 2015 at 10:58 am

      Thank you Tara, hope you enjoy it.