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Next Day Turkey Primavera Recipe
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Next Day Turkey Primavera Recipe

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I make this recipe often around the holidays. It's a wonderful way to use leftover turkey without feeling like it's a "repeat" meal. I love pasta, and the creamy sauce in this primavera is so easy to make. —Robyn Hardisty, Lakewood, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1 cup uncooked penne pasta
  • 8 fresh asparagus spears, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2/3 cup julienned carrot
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 4 large fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/2 cup chopped yellow summer squash
  • 1/2 cup chopped zucchini
  • 1-1/2 cups shredded cooked turkey
  • 1 medium tomato, chopped
  • 1 envelope Italian salad dressing mix
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, saute asparagus and carrot in butter for 3 minutes. Add the mushrooms, yellow squash and zucchini; saute until crisp-tender.
  2. Stir in the turkey, tomato, dressing mix and cream. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes.
  3. Drain pasta; add to vegetable mixture and toss to combine. Sprinkle with cheese and toss again. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Next Day Turkey Primavera in Taste of Home December/January 2008, p28

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.

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Reviewed Sep. 30, 2015

"Another fine recipe that is full of flavor even after modifying it to accommodate a low sodium diet. Instead of regular butter, I use unsalted butter. For the Italian dressing mix packet, I make my own (search the web) and cut the salt immensely. I did include onions when I cooked the carrots. In addition, I also doubled the veggies and pasta but left seasoning, butter, cream and chicken/turkey amounts as indicated in the recipe. I will definitely make this again. I certainly wish ToH would have included the breakdown of sodium, calories, etc. to take out the guessing. Thanks so much for sharing!!!!"

Reviewed Feb. 18, 2015

"One of our family favorites. I usually make it with chicken, but use all the other ingredients as listed."

Reviewed Jan. 1, 2015

"Excellent, couldn't wait to eat the second day as a leftover again"

Reviewed Jul. 20, 2014

"Wonderful!! I used whatever veggies I had in the house. The only change I made was to add cornstarch to thicken the sauce. This will be a regular addition to our meal rotation!"

Reviewed Oct. 11, 2013

"Delicious! I used the left-over turkey from the Slow-Cooked Herbed Turkey recipe, omitted the asparagus and added bell pepper. So good my family added it to our "top 10" meals."

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