by Olena

One Pot Turkey Tetrazzini Recipe

Olena Osipov
5 from 3 votes

This Turkey Tetrazzini Recipe is an easy way to enjoy leftover turkey. To make this traditional pasta casserole healthy, we load it up with veggies and lighten up the sauce. And everything cooks in one pot!

My family absolutely loves my pasta dishes like healthy chicken alfredo and healthy mac and cheese.

One Pot Turkey Tetrazzini

Healthy Turkey Tetrazzini

This turkey tetrazzini recipe is my healthy take on turkey tetrazzini. It contains way more veggies and way less fat.

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

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

Healthy turkey tetrazzini is made with whole wheat spaghetti, sauteed mushrooms and a creamy sauce. It is topped with roasted cheese crumbles and is an absolute hit in our house.

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

Ingredients for Turkey Tetrazzini

  • Turkey: I use leftover cooked turkey breast.
  • Whole wheat spaghetti: You can also 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.
  • Vegetables: I suggest using onion, celery, bell peppers, and brown mushrooms. You can use any veggies that you have on hand/like. Think of veggies that give out a lot of flavor when sauteed. If you don’t have fresh veggies, add frozen peas before sprinkling cheese at the very end.
  • Spices: Oregano, salt and pepper, fresh parsley (for garnish).
  • Liquids: Whole milk, any low sodium broth.
  • Cheese: Parmesan and any melting cheese (like white cheddar).
  • Breadcrumbs: Or almond flour or almond meal.
  • Olive oil

How to Make Turkey Tetrazzini

There is a full recipe card below.

We are going to cook everything in one pot. Even the pasta and the sauce!

A Dutch oven is perfect for retaining heat and cooking all ingredients evenly on the stovetop. If you don’t own a Dutch oven, use a heavy bottom stainless steel pot.

  • Chop vegetables: It will take about 10 minutes to chop up all the vegetables. But it is so worth it as the veggies add so much flavor, texture and healthy nutrients! sauteed veggies in a red pot
  • Saute vegetables: Once chopped, you can saute mushrooms, bell peppers, celery and onion in a little bit of butter or olive oil right in the dutch oven.
  • Add spices: Add a little bit of 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 too much more. broken spaghetti and sauce inside red pot with tongs
  • Add remaining ingredients: Throw in broth, milk, Parmesan cheese, cooked turkey and pasta. For the spaghetti, you can break it in half and use tongs to distribute the noodles around the pot. You want to make sure the noodles are separated as much as possible and not clumped together. One Pot Turkey Tetrazzini in red pot with blue tongs
  • Cover and bring to a boil: Once it has started to boil, reduce heat to low and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Stir the tetrazzini: Open the lid and stir the softened spaghetti with tongs. You want to separate the pasta and mix with liquids as much as possible. Cover and cook for 10 more minutes.
  • Make topping: 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. Garnish with parmesan and parsley. That’s it!

turkey tetrazzini with melted cheese and garnished with parsley

How to Store and Freeze Turkey Tetrazzini

Store: Refrigerate tetrazzini leftovers in an airtight container for up to 2 days. To reheat, add to a pot with a splash of milk and simmer on low.

Freeze whole: You can absolutely freeze this healthy turkey tetrazzini after cooking. If you are planning on freezing the casserole, cook 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.

More Healthy Pasta Casseroles

Healthy Turkey Tetrazzini mixed with tongs

turkey tetrazzin

One Pot Turkey Tetrazzini Recipe

This Turkey Tetrazzini is an easy way to enjoy leftover turkey. To make this traditional pasta casserole healthy, we load it up with veggies and lighten up the sauce. And everything cooks in one pot!
5 from 3 votes
Print Save Rate
Course: Casserole
Cuisine: North American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 444kcal
Author: Olena Osipov

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
  • Fresh parsley for garnish (optional)

Instructions

  • Preheat large Dutch oven on medium heat and add olive oil.
  • Add onion and celery, cook for 2 minutes stirring occasionally.
  • Add bell peppers, mushrooms, oregano, salt and pepper. Cook for 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • 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.
  • Cover, bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and cook for 5 minutes.
  • 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.
  • Garnish with parsley and more pepper. Serve warm.

Notes

  • Pasta: 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.
  • Clean out: 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.
  • Pot: If you don't own a Dutch oven, use heavy bottom stainless steel pot.
  • Store: Refrigerate leftovers in an airtight container for up to 2 days. To reheat, add to a pot with a splash of milk and simmer on low.
  • 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.
  • Freeze whole: You can absolutely freeze this healthy turkey tetrazzini after cooking. If you are planning on freezing the casserole, cook 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.

Nutrition

Calories: 444kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 59mg | Sodium: 385mg | Potassium: 606mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1288IU | Vitamin C: 39mg | Calcium: 259mg | Iron: 3mg
Join today and start saving your favorite recipes

Recipes and images are a copyright of ifoodreal.com. It is against the law to republish recipes anywhere including social media, print and all world wide web. Nutritional info is provided for informational purposes only and to the best knowledge.

Did you try this recipe?

I would like to see!

Follow @ifoodreal on Instagram, snap a photo, and tag it #ifoodreal. Show me what you are making!

olena osipov in the studio

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.

5 comments on “One Pot Turkey Tetrazzini Recipe

Our “happiness” software deletes rude comments without publishing, so we can keep on happily cooking delicious recipes for you. Please see our full comment policy:).

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating




This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

  1. 5 stars
    Came out great! The flour I used on the top stayed very powdery so I just brushed it with a little olive oil. I was actually surprised it was as good as it was! I was worried about a healthy version of turkey tetrazzini 😀

The information on this website is for educational purposes only. It has not been evaluated by the FDA and is not intended to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any disease. You assume full responsibility and liability for your own actions.

This page may contain affiliate links. ifoodrealcom.bigscoots-staging.com is a participant of Amazon Services LLC Associates Program. If you make a purchase, we will receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. It helps keep iFOODreal recipes free. Thanks for your support!