Turkey Tetrazzini

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This creamy Turkey Tetrazzini is a simple and flavorful pasta casserole dish. It’s perfect for using leftover holiday turkey, but makes for a crowd favorite year round!

I don’t think I’ll ever get sick of baked pasta dishes! The whole family loves this turkey tetrazzini, as well as our classic version with chicken. But if you’re looking for more casserole-style pastas, definitely try baked spaghetti, or our three cheese pasta bake!

A spoonful of Turkey Tetrazzini up close

best way to use leftover turkey!

Thanksgiving is almost here and if you’re anything like me, you’re BEYOND excited to gather with friends and family and eat delicious food. We gather with the entire Luna gang for hanging out and feeding our faces, but there’s always one problem. We make WAY too much food!!

One item we always have leftovers of is the turkey, so today I wanted to share a delicious and simple recipe for all that leftover meat—because let’s be honest, you can only eat so many turkey sandwiches.

We have been long-time fans of Tetrazzini (mostly because it’s SO easy), but we’ve always made it with chicken. I wanted to modify this classic recipe to use turkey, and I’m so glad I did. The result was amazing and the hubby declared it tasted better than our classic version.

Turkey Tetrazzini ingredients

Cooked noodles and cubed chicken

How to make Turkey Tetrazzini

This recipe really is so simple and doesn’t take long to prep and make.

Cream mixture. I began by combining the butter, sour cream, cream of celery, chicken broth, salt and pepper in a medium bowl to create my cream mixture.

Combine. From there I added the turkey chunks and cooked linguine. Once this is all combined, I poured it into a greased casserole dish.

Top it off. From there, I topped the dish off with some grated Parmesan cheese, Mozzarella cheese as well as some bread crumbs. The cheeses and crumbs added so much flavor and create the perfect tetrazzini along with the creamy turkey linguine base.

Bake. Then I just baked it in the oven for 35-40 minutes until the cheese was nice and bubbly, and voila! The end product: a casserole dish full of creamy, wonderful comfort food.

collage of unbaked tetrazzini and baked turkey tetrazzini

Make it your own, or make it ahead

I already mentioned how much my hubby loved this recipe, but even my picky-eating kids enjoyed it. It’s impossible to go wrong with all the ‘kid-friendly’ ingredients. If you do want to add a few extra veggies, or switch out the type of noodles, here are some options to make it your own way:

  • Switch the linguine noodles for spaghetti or egg noodles. Still use 16 ounces of noodles, and follow the normal cooking instructions.
  • Add sautéed mushrooms before stirring in the noodles.
  • Add frozen peas when you combine the noodles and sauce mixture.
  • Use cream of mushroom soup instead of cream of celery.

Can turkey tetrazzini be frozen? Like most other cream-based casseroles, you can freeze tetrazzini after baking. Make sure it is completely cooled before covering it with heavy duty foil and putting it in the freezer. It will last in the freezer for up to 4 months. If you are planning to freeze the dish, cook noodles al dente.

Reheat. To reheat, take it out of the freezer and let it thaw in the fridge for 24 hours before you plan to bake it. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 35 minutes or so, until there are bubbling edges and you can tell it is heated through.

If you didn’t have time to thaw your tetrazzini casserole in the fridge, you can still bake it frozen. Make sure you leave it covered with tinfoil, and add an extra 45 minutes or so to the time. Uncover for the last 15 minutes of baking.

HOLIDAY TIP: Use leftover turkey in recipes by chopping it up, bagging it and freezing to use in this recipe for later!

a serving spoon scooping Turkey Tetrazzini casserole

We have turkey for several holidays, so I’m excited to chop up leftover turkey, bag it and freeze it for future meals. It doesn’t get better (or easier) than that! I hope you guys enjoy this recipe as much as we did. It really is so simple and so tasty. 🙂

We love to pair this dish with these sides:

For more leftover turkey recipes, check out:

Turkey Tetrazzini Recipe

4.89 from 9 votes

This creamy Turkey Tetrazzini is a simple and flavorful pasta casserole dish. It's perfect for using leftover holiday turkey, but makes for a crowd favorite year round!

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 240 kcal
Author Kristyn Merkley

Ingredients

  • 16 oz linguine, cooked
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 10.5 oz. cans cream of celery
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 3/4 cup chicken broth
  • 3 cups chopped cooked turkey
  • 2 TB grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded Mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup bread crumbs

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350.

  2. Cook noodles according to box instructions. Set aside.

  3. While noodles are cooking, combine butter, soup, sour cream, salt, pepper and chicken broth in a medium bowl. Mix well and add turkey chunks. Stir in noodles until well combined.

  4. Spray a 9x13 pan and pour in noodle mixture. Sprinkle cheeses on top along with bread crumbs. 

  5. Bake for 35-40 minutes. ENJOY!

Author

Kristyn Merkley

My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative – from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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  1. 5 stars
    We LOVED this Turkey Tetrazzini. It was so easy to make and is perfect for any leftover turkey you may have after a holiday. Thanks!

  2. 4 stars
    My kids and I really liked this recipe. I Baked it in an 11×15 pan to make sure it wouLd fit and used one can of the family sized cream of celery souP i think it is 26 ounces for a liTtle extra sauce. It was a yummy casserole my teenage boys and smaller kids enjoyed. My husband tolerated it, but he doesn’t really like pasta casseroles.

    1. 5 stars
      A follow up for you… my husband was eating the turkey tetrazinni leftovers last werk and he said it was really good. I told him i though he didn’t care for it. He said he liked it, but it wasn’t tacos which are really good, haha. Tacos are the gold standarD. Thanks again for a tasty recipe.

  3. 5 stars
    I made this low sodium by making my own cream of chicken soup. I added a cUp of chopped celery, 1-2 cup sliced MUSHROOMS And a 1-2 cup of frozen peas, thawed. this was the best turkey tetrazzini both my husband and I have ever eaten!!!!

  4. 5 stars
    Great recipe – absolutely wonderful comfort food! Plus I had all the ingredients on hand which is always a plus. I wasn’t planning on changing anything, but I ended up tossing in a little bit of leftover cream cheese that I had to use up and everyone just loved it. (No idea if that really changed anything since it was just a few tablespoons. THanks for a great recipe. This is a keeper for sure.

  5. 5 stars
    I never really paid much attention to turkey recipes until I cooked my own turkey and had a lot of leftovers. I like chicken tetrazzini and am anxious to try it with leftover turkey from THANKSGIVING.