Turkey Tetrazzini

Vickie Parks


This is the Tetrazzini recipe I grew up with and crave on chilly fall days when comfort food seems so fitting. It's one of the recipes I keep on hand for using leftover cooked turkey after our annual Thanksgiving dinner. It's pretty versatile, and I sometimes add other vegetables (green bell pepper instead of celery, or maybe carrots instead of peas, etc). Or sometimes I'll switch pasta and use spaghetti or egg noodles (etc.) in place of fettuccine.

Add 1 Tbsp each of dried thyme and tarragon for a more savory touch. Or toss in 1/3 cup Swiss cheese & sprinkle nutmeg on top before baking.


★★★★★ 5 votes

8 to 10
15 Min
45 Min


  • 1 (16-oz) pkg
    fettuccine pasta
  • 1/4 cup
    unsalted butter
  • 1/2 medium
    onion, diced
  • 2 stalk(s)
    celery, diced
  • 2 clove
    garlic, minced
  • 8 oz
    sliced button mushrooms
  • 1 cup
    green peas (fresh or frozen, both are ok)
  • 1/2 cup
    all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups
    chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 cups
    light whipping cream (or milk)
  • 3/4 cup
    fresh shredded parmesan cheese (the canned grated parmesan is ok, too)
  • 2 1/2 cups
    cooked turkey, diced or shredded (i usually increase it to about 3 cups)
  • 1 to 2 tsp
  • 1 to 2 tsp
    black pepper
  • 1/2 cup
    bread crumbs
  • 2 Tbsp
    butter, melted

How to Make Turkey Tetrazzini


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter a 9x13-inch baking dish; set aside.
  2. Cook pasta according to package directions, then drain well. Set cooked pasta aside.
  3. While pasta is cooking, prepare the cream sauce by melting the 1/4 cup butter in a large saucepan. Add onion, celery and garlic, and sauté about 5 or 6 minutes, or until onions are soft. Add mushrooms and peas, and cook another 2 minutes, stirring frequently.
  4. Add flour, broth and cream (or milk) to saucepan, and stir well. Stir Parmesan cheese, cooked turkey, salt and pepper into the cream sauce.
  5. Combine pasta with the cream sauce. Transfer creamy pasta to the baking dish in an even layer. Sprinkle the breadcrumbs on top, then drizzle the 2 Tbsp melted butter on the breadcrumbs.
  6. Bake in preheated oven for 45 minutes or until the turkey is heated through and the breadcrumbs are lightly browned.

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About Turkey Tetrazzini

Course/Dish: Pasta
Main Ingredient: Turkey
Regional Style: American

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