If your Christmas Turkey is still going days after Christmas than I can't recommend enough trying this recipe for a family dinner that my sister-in-law did for us one Christmas. I've begged her for it and finally made it last year. It's a delicious baked pasta dish with the leftover turkey and tastes amazing. So here we go a Leftover Turkey Cheesy Pasta Bake Recipe.
Turkey Pasta Bake
When my sister-in-law shared this recipe with us she called it as Turkey Tetrazzini and we were intrigued as it's not something we've ever had in England.
She started to make it up and it soon became apparent that the Tetrazzini was just a cheesy pasta bake very similar to a Tuna Pasta Bake that I had made in school many many years ago.
Unlike that one though this one went down a hit with everyone.
We even made just a white cause version for the cheese haters in the family and they said it was amazing as well.
Once the Christmas Turkey has been carved we can guarantee that there will be leftovers. It's easy to become bored with cold meat salads which is our normal idea so over the last few years we have been experimenting with the food.
This recipe is easy to put together on Boxing Day or the day after and perfect for using up the shredded turkey that has been saved from Christmas dinner.
The sauce recipe is almost identical to our Turkey Casserole so it's easy to remember and means that we have a cheesy version as well.
Leftover Turkey Pasta Bake Recipe
- 9" x 13" baking dish
- Frying Pan
- Preheat oven to 180C and prepare a 9x13 baking dish by greasing it thouroughly.
- In a large frying pan, melt 60g of butter over medium low heat.
- When the butter is melted, add the flour and whisk to combine.
- Bring the mixture to a simmer and cook until golden brown.
- Add the chicken broth and milk and whisk until smooth.
- Simmer until the sauce is thickened, then remove from heat. Season with salt and pepper.
- Add the cooked spaghetti, turkey, peas, and cheese and stir until combined.
- Transfer mixture to the prepared baking dish.
- In a small saucepan, melt the remaining 30g of butter.
- Combine the melted butter with the breadcrumbs and top the pasta mixture with the breadcrumb.
- Add the grated parmesan cheese to the top of the pasta bake.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes, until the cheese is melted and the breadcrumbs are golden brown.
More Leftover Recipes for Family Meals Ideas
- Use leftover lamb roast in this Shepherd's Pie Recipe.
- The Christmas Turkey can stretch to a Casserole
- And maybe even some Sweet Turkey, Cranberry and Brie Rolls.