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Turkey Leftovers And Pasta Recipe

Updated on December 1, 2012
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Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 15 min
Ready in: 30 min
Yields: 6-8 servings

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I used to work for a company that always had a Thanksgiving “party” on the day before Thanksgiving. Since we all had Thanksgiving day off, our boss’s wife would come to the office and bring a whole bunch of food, such as the turkey, pies, mashed potatoes, gravy and stuffing and she would cook it up so we all could have some turkey dinner before we left for the holiday weekend.

I remember talking to her about it and she said that after cooking Thanksgiving dinner twice (once for the employees and the next day for the family) that come Frida,y it’s Pizza Delivery Day. According to her, the day after Thanksgiving was the largest pizza delivery day. Apparently, no one wanted to cook ANYTHING on Friday because they had cooked enough for the whole month.

However; for me, I’m always trying to use up the leftovers from Thanksgiving as some a possible, because there is nothing more disgusting that a turkey corpse sitting in the fridge for a week, congealing.

So, I though a simple and easy thing to do is dice up the turkey and use it in something. And I wanted to a have a quick and easy dinner and I found some pasta and a jar of pasta sauce and thought, “Why no mix in the turkey with this?”

So, the following recipe, if you can truly call it a “recipe” is for turkey and pasta; it is simply a pasta, sauce and turkey. It’s easy, simple, and most importantly, it uses up that turkey.

NOTE: You can do this kind of thing with most leftover—for Christmas we usually have ham and that can be tossed in this as well.

Some needed ingredients
Some needed ingredients | Source


1 jar (16 oz.) of pasta sauce

1 pound (2 cups) of pasta

1-2 cups of diced turkey

(1 small yellow onion, optional)

(2 cloves of garlic, optional)

(Olive oil, optional)



Oregano, optional

Boiling water
Boiling water | Source
Mixing the turkey,pasta, and sauce together
Mixing the turkey,pasta, and sauce together | Source


1. First, dice up the turkey into ½ inches pieces, or you can shred it using to forks.

2. You can heat up the onion and garlic in a small cooking pan if you plan to use them.

3. If you are going to use the onion, you should either dice it or you can slice it into strips.

4. If you are using the garlic, mince it but don’t add right away because it can burn if cooked too hot or long.

5. When cooking the onion and garlic, add a tablespoon of oil to the pan. Add the onion and garlic and cook until the onion is translucent. Then remove from heat.

6. In a large cooking pot add water (about 8 cups) and bring to a boil.

7. Salt the water if desired, but it is not required.

8. Add the pasta and cook according to the directions. (al dente is the standard texture: it basically means, “with a bite”).

9. Drain the pasta and then return the pasta to the pot.

10. Add the pasta sauce (the garlic and onions if using them) and the diced turkey to the pasta in the pot.

11. Mix / fold the ingredients together until fully incorporated.

12. Season with salt, pepper and oregano, to taste.

13. Serve immediately, with garlic bread if desired.


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    • Edgar Arkham profile image

      Edgar Arkham 5 years ago from San Jose, CA

      Thank you for reading!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      This sounds like a recipe my family would enjoy any day of the year. It is one that would certainly perk up that left over turkey. Thanks for sharing this idea. I will be using it next year for sure.

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      Edgar Arkham 5 years ago from San Jose, CA

      Thank you for reading!

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      carol stanley 5 years ago from Arizona

      Sounds like a good recipe to take care of some of the turkey. And it is totally different than a sandwich, soup etc. Very good.