Hi friends! Here’s the final recipe I’m sharing this year for your Thanksgiving leftovers. This is an updated version of a recipe I first shared back in 2009. At the time, I couldn’t find a healthy version of one of my favorite Thanksgiving leftover recipes, turkey tetrazzini. So, I made a recipe. But, I remember it being a little dry and wanting to re-work the amounts. And after several years, I’ve finally revisited it. Here we have an updated Healthy Turkey Tetrazzini Recipe, clean eats style.
*VIDEO* 3 Healthy Thanksgiving / Holiday Leftover Recipe Ideas
Healthy Turkey Tetrazzini Recipe
I pretty much don’t do low-fat, low-whatever anything. So the way I healthify my recipes is by keeping in the full fat versions but using a bit less. Not sure about you, but sometimes the amounts of cream, butter, sugar, etc. can be overwhelming when a touch could potentially be enough.
So yes, this Healthy Turkey Tetrazzini Recipe calls for butter and cream. And I used regular linguine because I couldn’t find a whole grain version at the store (surprisingly enough). But I use less butter and cream. And you could always sub any style of pasta you prefer. Some of the ones made from lentils, legumes, etc. are really good! I mean, I do love that black bean pasta recipe. Mmm. I can hardly believe how easy it is considering how delicious it is. But back to this recipe…
The other way I healtified this recipe is by bulking up on the veggies. The proportions of this recipe have a really strong amount of veg for the pasta and turkey. When I cooked the pasta, I was actually worried I wouldn’t have enough. But when you mix everything together, it works.
Oh and quick note on the sauce: it’s a bit on the liquidy side, but that’s how I like my turkey tetrazzini. I’m not a fan when it’s super dry inside. If you let it set for a bit after baking, it will thicken up. But yea, I thought the sauce amount was just right.
My dad did comment when watching the video that it was too liquidy though. Haha. So I guess maybe my version is non-traditional, but we knew that going in, right? Liquidy sauce? Vegetables??? What blasphemy is this? I’m not sure, but I think it tastes delicious. Hehe.
- 2 cups leftover turkey (dark and/or white meat) – chopped into bite sized pieces
- 3 oz dry linguine pasta
- 1 tablespoon canola oil, plus more to prep the casserole dish
- 2 stalks celery, cleaned, chopped small
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 1 plus 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 package mushrooms, cleaned and sliced thin
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 2 cups chicken stock
- ¼ cup cream
- ⅓ cup fresh parsley, chopped
- ¼ cup sherry
- ½ cup panko bread crumbs
- 2 tablespoons cup grated parmesan
- dash nutmeg
- salt, pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and brush a 8x8” or 7½” square casserole dish with about 1 teaspoon of oil.
- Bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook linguine following package directions, except cook pasta about 1-2 minutes less than recommended time (it will finish cooking when the casserole bakes in the oven). When pasta is done, rinse with cool water to stop the cooking. Add cooked pasta to a large mixing bowl when done.
- Meanwhile, heat a sauté pan over medium heat. When ready, add onions and celery and cook till veggies are tender, about 5-7 minutes. Add veggies to large mixing bowl when done.
- Meanwhile, heat a sauté pan over medium heat. Melt 1 tbsp butter in pan. Add mushrooms and cook till mushrooms are tender, about 6-7 minutes. Add veggies to a large mixing bowl when done.
- In same pan as mushrooms were cooked in, melt 2 tbsp in pan. Add flour to pan and cook for 1-2 minutes. Whisk in chicken stock and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer, add sherry, cream, nutmeg, salt and pepper (to taste), and cook till sauce is thick, about 5-10 minutes.
- Add parsley to mixing bowl, then add sauce. Stir all ingredients together and pour into the prepared casserole dish. Smooth top flat. Evenly distribute the breadcrumbs (add or reduce amount of breadcrumbs to your liking).
- Grate parmesan over breadcrumbs.
- Bake casserole for 30-40 minutes or until sides are bubbly (the top may not brown unless you do optional step #8 so look for signs of bubbling rather than the browned top for doneness)
More Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes
From the video:
More great ideas:
- Turkey, Veggie Tray, Barley Soup (a simple soup that also helps cook up any veggie tray leftovers you may have from entertaining)
- Turkey Egg Breakfast Casserole (made with kale and smoked gouda)
- Curried Turkey Shepherd’s Pie (give your turkey a flavor makeover with this simple recipe that also uses leftover mashed potatoes)
- Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup (try subbing turkey for the chicken!)
- Vegetarian (Or Vegan) Tempeh Shepherd’s Pie (great for those leftover mashed potatoes)
- Cranberry White Chocolate Cheesecake (adds tartness to a classic cheesecake)
Hope you enjoy this Healthy Thanksgiving Leftovers Idea for a Healthy Turkey Tetrazzini Recipe. Also, be sure to check out the other recipes in the video at the start of this post. Cheers!
Thanks for reading!