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Peg's Turkey Tetrazzini: Deliciously Creamy, Cheesy, and Meaty

My mother was an excellent cook who taught me a great deal as she cooked from scratch. Today, both my hubby and I enjoy cooking.

Peg's Turkey Tetrazzini

Peg's Turkey Tetrazzini

A Good Way to Use Up Turkey Leftovers

Each year at this time, we pare down the amount of frozen food that we have in our refrigerators and freezers in case we have power outages due to storms. We are in the midst of hurricane season in the United States, which starts June 1 and lasts until November 30. The most active months are August through October.

With that in mind, we discovered a freezer bag full of already-cooked turkey, including both white and dark meat. I decided to make my homemade turkey tetrazzini; the recipe below is the result.

This recipe makes two large pans of tetrazzini, but you can easily adjust the amounts up or down, depending upon how many people you wish to feed. In this case, we decided to give one pan away to some neighbors who often share their food with us. It is a friendly way to stay in touch during the pandemic since it is not currently safe to dine in each other's homes as we used to do.

Cook Time (Using Already-Cooked Turkey)

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

30 min

1 hour

1 hour 30 min

12 servings

Gathering some of the ingredients together before starting to cook

Gathering some of the ingredients together before starting to cook

Ingredients

  • 1 (16-ounce) bag fettuccini
  • 16 ounces organic baby bella mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 3/4 pounds cooked turkey, chopped
  • 1/2 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 bunch green table onions, sliced
  • 1 large red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 large yellow bell pepper, chopped
  • 3 cups cheddar jack cheese, shredded
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 (10-ounce) can condensed cream of celery soup
  • 2 (10-ounce) cans condensed cream of mushroom soup
  • 3 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper, or to taste
  • Pam cooking spray, as needed to coat baking dishes

Instructions

  1. After gathering your ingredients, start by chopping the onions and peppers, mincing the garlic, and slicing the mushrooms (if not already pre-sliced). Set aside.
  2. Chop up the turkey into bite-sized pieces. Set aside.
  3. Put the olive oil into a large pan and turn on the stove heat between medium to medium-high.
  4. Saute the onions and chopped peppers in the oil for about 5 minutes or until softened.
  5. Add the sliced mushrooms and continue to saute with the other ingredients another 10 minutes, or until softened and cooked.
  6. Add the minced garlic and stir until fragrant, about 30 to 45 seconds.
  7. At this point, add the salt and pepper.
  8. Next, add the canned soups and stir into the vegetables in the pan.
  9. Add the chopped cooked turkey and stir until well blended. At this point, turn off the heat.
  10. In a large pot, boil the pasta in salted water according to package directions. Drain the pasta and stir it into the pan mixture until thoroughly blended together.
  11. Divide the pan mixture into two large baking dishes already sprayed with Pam or another cooking spray. (I used a large Corningware dish of ours that measures 12" by 8 1/2", and an equally large disposable one to give to our neighbors.)
  12. Top with the shredded cheese.
  13. Tightly cover the pans with aluminum foil.
  14. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 1 hour.
A fork full of delicious flavor!

A fork full of delicious flavor!

Easy Substitutions and Suggestions

With all homemade recipes such as this, it is easy to make substitutions depending upon what you might have on hand or prefer eating. Below are some that come to mind.

  • Instead of the fettuccini, use spaghetti or another type of pasta.
  • In place of the cooked turkey, use roasted chicken.
  • Instead of the red or yellow bell peppers, use green ones and add some canned pimento for color and flavor.
  • Switch out the cheese I used for others of your choosing.
  • You could even make homemade cream sauces instead of using canned ones.
  • For some added zest, you might wish to add some crushed red pepper flakes.

Make this recipe your own, and most of all, enjoy it!

© 2020 Peggy Woods

Comments

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 05, 2020:

Hi Cheryl,

I am glad you liked the pictures. I can assure you that it is delicious!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 05, 2020:

Hi Peg,

I am pleased that you found the instructions easy to follow. This is a recipe that I have often altered depending upon what ingredients I have on hand. It does seem to be a crowd-pleaser.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 05, 2020:

Hi Devika,

I am pleased that you like the sound of this recipe. Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 05, 2020:

Hi Linda,

We have some terrific neighbors, and it is fun that we are sharing food with one another during this pandemic. I am sure others are doing it in many places as well.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 05, 2020:

Hi FlourishAnyway,

I hope your family enjoys it as much as we do. Thanks for the star rating and pin.

Cheryl E Preston from Roanoke on September 05, 2020:

This looks so delicious.

Peg Cole from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on September 05, 2020:

Peggy, you've described one of my favorite casseroles with some added twists I've never tried. I love the colorful assortment of peppers and the idea of sauteing them before adding to the cooked pasta is new for me. Thanks for sharing this hearty and delicious recipe. Your photos were wonderful and the descriptions and instructions were easy to follow.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on September 05, 2020:

This recipe looks delicious! Turkey tetrazzini is different and the ingredients combined makes a superb meal.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on September 04, 2020:

This sounds delicious, Peggy. I think it's lovely that you and your neighbors share food.

FlourishAnyway from USA on September 04, 2020:

This sounds good! I’m going to try this for my family! Rated 5 stars and pinning, Flipping. I am always looking for new, tried and true recipes.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 04, 2020:

Hi Mary,

I'm happy to know that you like the sound of this turkey tetrazzini recipe. I am a big fan of mushrooms, so I loaded it up with those as well as the other ingredients.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on September 04, 2020:

Looks like something I'll enjoy. It looks healthy and delicious.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 04, 2020:

Hi Sarah,

I hope you enjoy it as much as my husband and I do. Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 04, 2020:

Hi Anya,

Thanks for your comment. I hope you give it a try!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 04, 2020:

Hi Heidi,

Cream of chicken soup would also be delicious in this recipe and other veggies can be substituted for the mushrooms. Thanks for the good wishes regarding hurricanes. It is an every year concern for those of us who live where areas can be impacted.

Sarah on September 04, 2020:

Sounds really delicious. Can't wait to try it.

Anya Ali from Rabwah, Pakistan on September 04, 2020:

Looks delicious!

Heidi Thorne from Chicago Area on September 04, 2020:

I can definitely understand not wanting to keep the freezer stocked during this time! But you've found a delicious way to clean out the fridge. You had me at pasta.

Since mushrooms and I don't get along, I'd have to substitute cream of chicken soup and ditch the mushrooms. Luckily, this is a really flexible dish.

Thanks for sharing and stay safe with the storms!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 04, 2020:

Hi Bill,

Our neighbors reported back that they found the dish to be "delicious." It was fun being able to share it with them. I am pleased that you like the sound of this recipe. Perhaps you and Bev will make it sometime soon. Enjoy your weekend also!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on September 04, 2020:

Cheese, pasta, and meat . . . what's not to like there, Peggy! I would eat that in a New York minute, my friend. Thanks for the recipe, and have a brilliantly happy weekend!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 04, 2020:

Hi Chitrangada,

That is the nice thing about this recipe. Other ingredients can easily be substituted. Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 04, 2020:

Hi Lorna,

Eggplant could easily be substituted for the mushrooms. Thanks for the idea, and thanks for your comment. The meal is a good one for sharing!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 04, 2020:

Hi Pamela,

I am pleased that you like the sound of this recipe. Living in Florida, you would understand the reason why we try and use up items in our freezers during hurricane season. It is a prudent thing to do unless one is fortunate enough to be able to afford home generators that would keep the electricity on during power outages. I hope you escape any hurricanes that might come your way this year. It looks to be an active season this year. Best wishes!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 04, 2020:

Hi Denise,

It is sad news about the wildfires in California and elsewhere. You are right. It is hard to find a perfect climate without some type of threat, at least, on occasion. We are on alert every hurricane season. The last one, Hurricane Laura, was a category 4 when it hit Louisiana and parts of east Texas. The people affected will have a long recovery process ahead of them.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 04, 2020:

Hi Liza,

Yes, the chicken would make a perfect substitution in this recipe. I just happened to have the turkey already cooked and frozen. It will be an equally delicious meal with the chicken.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 04, 2020:

Hi Adrienne,

The cream of celery soup just adds a bit of that flavor to the dish. It is subtle, given all of the mushrooms and mushroom soup. You could easily mince some celery into the dish instead, if desired. Thanks for being the first to comment.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on September 04, 2020:

Delicious recipe Peggy.

I loved the rich combination of ingredients, right from the fresh veggies, turkey, cheese and others. As you said, we can substitute some of the ingredients, I might use those, which are available with me.

Thanks for sharing the detailed instructions and helpful pictures.

Lorna Lamon on September 04, 2020:

It's wonderful how these ingredients can be turned into such a tasty and wholesome dish. I have tried a variation of this dish with aubergines and it is so tasty. It's a great sharing meal, with little preparation time - just how I like it.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on September 03, 2020:

This recipe sounds delicious and I really love all of your pictures. We try to use things in our freezer at this time also. This is a very good article.

Denise McGill from Fresno CA on September 03, 2020:

I really like this recipe. I think it would work well even without the turkey or maybe with soy curls instead. (and vegan cheese and sauce) I'm keeping this bookmarked for the future. Fortunately, we don't have to worry about storms but we have been plagued with wildfires and really poor quality air. Everyone has some bear to cross.

Blessings,

Denise

Liza from USA on September 03, 2020:

Peggy, the dish looks absolutely inviting! Tonight I already have an idea of what to cook for dinner. Therefore, your dish would be something that I'd try next! By the way, thanks for the suggestions for the substitutions for the dish. I would use chicken instead of turkey just because I love chicken better. However, I'm sure both are delicious! Thank you for sharing the recipe!

Adrienne Farricelli on September 03, 2020:

This looks like a great meal for the beginning of fall season. It looks like a hearty dish with many wonderful flavors. I must admit, I have never tried condensed cream of celery before, so this is the perfect recipe for me to give it a try. Thanks for sharing.