by Olena

One Pot Turkey Tetrazzini

by Olena

5 from 1 reviews

This Turkey Tetrazzini is an easy way to enjoy leftover turkey. To make this traditional casserole healthy, we load it up with veggies and lighten up the sauce.

And everything cooks in one pot because last thing you want to do is dirty 3 more pots after the Holidays.

One Pot Turkey Tetrazzini

Healthy Turkey Tetrazzini

Healthy turkey tetrazzini with whole wheat spaghetti, sauteed mushrooms and creamy sauce, then topped with roasted cheesy golden crumbles is an absolute hit in our house.

My boys absolutely love my pasta dishes like healthy chicken alfredo and healthy mac and cheese. And I am happy to deliver Olive Garden to them without a ton of saturated fat and empty calories. And at the fraction of the cost.

So I hope your kids will appreciate your effort too!

One Pot Turkey Tetrazzini in a white bowl with spoon and fork

What Is Turkey Tetrazzini?

Tetrazzini is just a creamy white sauce pasta casserole. It is named after an Italian opera star Luisa Tetrazzini. It is believed to be invented at the beginning of 20th century by a chef in San Francisco hotel where Luisa resided. Ha! Source here.

In simple words, it is pasta cooked in buttery creamy sauce with poultry or shrimp and cheese.

What we are going to do is glorify our pasta bake with a lot of sauteed veggies and way less fat. And yet end up with creamy and saucy pasta casserole. Let’s do it!

How to Make Turkey Tetrazzini

We are going to cook everything in one pot. Even pasta and sauce. Yes. It’s 2019, guys! Dutch oven is perfect for retaining heat and cooking all ingredients evenly even on the stovetop.

sauteed veggies in a red pot

Vegetables take 10 minutes to chop but add a lot of flavor, texture and health to otherwise unhealthy casserole. You can saute mushrooms, bell peppers, celery and onion in a little bit of butter or olive oil.

I know there are many turkey tetrazzini recipes out there that call for cream of mushroom or celery soup. I am sure no respected himself chef did that 100 years ago. 🙂

Then we help flavors to develop with salt, pepper and dried oregano. You can use any dried herb you like. Keep in mind that cheese and cooked turkey contain salt, so we don’t need to add much more.

uncooked spaghetti and turkey inside red potbroken spaghetti and sauce inside red pot with tongs

Then add broth, milk, Parmesan cheese, cooked turkey and pasta. I used leftover turkey breast and whole wheat spaghetti.

Break spaghetti in half and using tongs toss them around the pot well. As much as you can, so as many noodles as possible are separated and not clumped together.

Cover, bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and cook for 5 minutes.

See, how noodles have softened up?

One Pot Turkey Tetrazzini in red pot with blue tongssprinkling cheese on turkey tetrazzini inside red pot

Open the lid and stir softened spaghetti with tongs well. You want to separate pasta and mix with liquids as much as possible. Cover and cook for 10 more minutes.

While spaghetti is cooking, in a medium bowl mix cheese and almond flour with your hands. Sprinkle on top of pasta dish and broil until browned and bubbly.

That’s it!

turkey tetrazzini with melted cheese and garnished with parsley

Variations and Tips

  • Use any long pasta like linguine or fettuccine. They might take a bit longer to cook. Add more broth or water towards the end.
  • You can use gluten free pasta. It cooks faster, so keep an eye on it.
  • Veggies are an example. Use what you have, less or more. Think of veggies that give out a lot of flavor when sauteed.
  • No fresh veggies? Add frozen peas before sprinkling cheese at the very end.
  • If you don’t own a Dutch oven, use heavy bottom stainless steel pot.

Can I Freeze It?

Yes. You can freeze this healthy turkey tetrazzini after cooking.

If you are planning on freezing the casserole, cooks noodles al dente. Then transfer to a large baking dish and let cool completely. Sprinkle with cheese crumbles and wrap with a few layers of foil tight. Freeze for up to 3 months.

When ready to bake, thaw in the fridge overnight. Then bake uncovered in preheated 350 degrees F oven for 20 or so minutes.

Freeze leftovers in an airtight container for up to 3 months. Thaw in the fridge overnight or on a counter and reheat in a pot with a splash of milk while simmering on low and stirring until warmed through.

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Healthy Turkey Tetrazzini mixed with tongs

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One Pot Turkey Tetrazzini

5 from 1 reviews

This One Pot Turkey Tetrazzini is an easy way to enjoy leftover turkey. To make this traditional casserole healthy, we load it up with veggies and lighten up the sauce.

  • Author: Olena of ifoodreal.com
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Category: Casserole
  • Method: Stove
  • Cuisine: North American
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Ingredients

  • 4 cups leftover cooked turkey, diced (I used turkey breast roast)
  • 1 lb whole wheat spaghetti
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 3 large celery stalks, finely chopped
  • 2 bell peppers, finely chopped
  • 10 oz brown mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 tsp oregano, dried
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cups 2% or whole milk
  • 3 cups any broth, low sodium
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup cheese favorite melting cheese (I used white cheddar)
  • 3 tbsp almond flour or meal, or breadcrumbs

Instructions

  1. Preheat large Dutch oven on medium heat and add olive oil.
  2. Add onion and celery, cook for 2 minutes stirring occasionally.
  3. Add bell peppers, mushrooms, oregano, salt and pepper. Cook for 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Add milk, broth, Parmesan cheese, turkey and broken in half spaghetti. Stir with tongs well and as much as you can so as many noodles are separated and not clumped together.
  5. Cover, bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and cook for 5 minutes.
  6. Open the lid and stir softened spaghetti with tongs well. You want to separate pasta and mix with liquids as much as possible.
  7. Cover and cook for 10 more minutes.
  8. While spaghetti is cooking, in a medium bowl mix cheese and almond flour with your hands.
  9. Sprinkle on top of pasta dish and broil until browned and bubbly.
  10. Garnish with parsley and more pepper. Serve warm.

Notes

  • Use any long pasta like linguine or fettuccine. They might take a bit longer to cook. Add more broth or water towards the end.
  • You can use gluten free pasta. It cooks faster, so keep an eye on it.
  • Veggies are an example. Use what you have, less or more. Think of veggies that give out a lot of flavor when sauteed.
  • No fresh veggies? Add frozen peas before sprinkling cheese at the very end.
  • If you don’t own a Dutch oven, use heavy bottom stainless steel pot.

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Hello and welcome to iFOODreal.

My name is Olena Osipov. I'm a mom to 2 boys and a wife to Alex. And this is our healthy family recipes blog. I grew up in Ukraine on real food. As an adult, I tried many diets without results. Now for over 10 years, I cook quick and easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

What You Will Find Here

Healthy family recipes with simple ingredients. Many are inspired by my Ukrainian heritage. I share mostly dinner recipes because it just never ends... I’m obsessed with healthy freezer meals. And more than in love with my Instant Pot.

A Little More About Me

Originally from Ukraine, I now reside on magic Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada with my family. I started this blog in 2012 when I ended up at home with 2 small kids unemployed and a wee bit chubby.

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