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Turkey Tetrazzini Recipe for Leftover Turkey

Updated on November 28, 2007

One of the best and worst parts of the holiday season is having a refrigerator full of leftovers after a holiday meal. Having leftover turkey and fixings is great for a few days, but turkey sandwiches can get old pretty quickly. This Turkey Tetrazzini recipe is so great that no one in your family will realize that they're eating leftovers.

Turkey Tetrazzini Recipe


  • 8 ounces of cooked spaghetti (you can even use leftovers here!)
  • 2 tablespoons of minced onion
  • 3 tablespoons of butter
  • 1 tablespoon of flour
  • 1 cup of turkey (or chicken) broth
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1 can of cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 can shredded cheddar cheese
  • 3 cups of chopped, cooked turkey
  • ¼ cup of dry white wine
  • 2 tablespoons of dried or fresh parsley
  • ½ cup of slivered almonds


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the flour. Add broth, and stir until the mixture thickens. Add broth, salt, milk, cream of mushroom soup, and cheese. Cook until the cheese melts, continuing to stir frequently. Stir in the turkey wine, parsley, and almonds. Place spaghetti into a 10 X 13 baking dish. Pour the sauce over the spaghetti and mix until noodles are coated and turkey is distributed fairly evenly throughout the dish. Bake for 45 minutes.


Chicken Tetrazzini Recipe: The recipe for making Chicken Tetrazzini recipe is exactly the same as this one, with of course the exception of the turkey. You can cook chicken especially for this dish, or use either leftover chicken or roasted deli chickens from your local supermarket.

If you love mushrooms, this dish tastes great with canned mushrooms or sautéed fresh mushrooms stirred in just before baking.

If you like a crunchy topping on your main dish casserole recipes, just before baking, top the casserole with crushed crumbs of buttery crackers such as the Ritz or Townhouse varieties.

Serving Suggestion:

Both Turkey and Chicken Tetrazzini are great one dish casserole dinner recipes. You can round out the meal nicely with a fresh green salad, sautéed green beans, or vegetable medley.

Of course, if you have vegetables leftover from a holiday meal, you can certainly reheat them to accompany your tetrazzini recipe. If you're looking for a way to disguise your leftover veggies so they aren't recognizable as leftovers from your holiday feast, check out my Homemade Vegetable Soup Recipe hub.

Add a slice of crusty French bread and a glass of white wine, and you've got a great homemade gourmet meal! It's so delicious, your guests will never guess that you started out by looking for a way to use up leftover turkey.


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