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turkey pasta casserole

Recipe by
Francine Lizotte
Surrey South, BC

This dish is so savory… perfect for the fall season! This is a delicious meal to serve after Thanksgiving.

yield 6 servings
prep time 10 Min
cook time 35 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For turkey pasta casserole

  • 1/2 Tbsp
    coarse sea salt, or more to taste
  • 12 oz
    (about 3 cups) rigatoni or penne
  • 1 Tbsp
    olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp
  • 2 c
    onions, chopped
  • 1 lb
    button mushrooms, washed and quartered
  • 3 lg
    cloves garlic, pressed
  • ground himalayan sea salt, to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste (i always use mixed peppercorns)
  • 1 c
    low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/4 c
    basic pesto
  • 1 c
    35% heavy cream
  • 1 Tbsp
    italian seasoning
  • 3 c
    cooked turkey, cubed
  • 1 c
    frozen peas
  • 1/4 tsp
    red chili flakes, or to taste
  • 3 c
    sharp cheddar cheese, grated and divided
  • 1 Tbsp
    fresh chopped parsley, for garnish

How To Make turkey pasta casserole

  • 1
    Preheat oven to 375º and grease a 9x13-inch baking dish; set aside.
  • 2
    Cook pasta according to package directions minus 2 minutes.
  • 3
    In a large deep skillet over medium-high heat, add oil & butter. Add onions and cook for 3 minutes.
  • 4
    Add mushrooms and sauté for 5 minutes. Add garlic and sauté for 1 minute; season with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  • 5
    Add broth and basic pesto; stir to coat.
  • 6
    Add heavy cream and season with Italian seasoning; bring the mixture to a simmer.
  • 7
    Stir in cooked turkey and peas. Season with red pepper flakes; taste and adjust.
  • 8
    Stir in the pasta with 2 cups of cheese.
  • 9
    Pour the mixture into the prepared dish and level it out before sprinkling on the remaining 1 cup of cheese.
  • 10
    Cover with foil and transfer to the preheated oven; bake for 20 minutes.
  • 11
    When time is up, we’ll remove from the heat, let it rest for 5 minutes before sprinkling on some fresh chopped parsley and serve.
  • 12
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