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Next Day Turkey Primavera Recipe

Next Day Turkey Primavera Recipe

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. YIELD: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.

Reviews for Next Day Turkey Primavera

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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."

Reviewed Oct. 19, 2012

"I am so glad to have found this recipe again. I made it several years ago, and it was wonderful. My husband and 4 kids all loved it."

Reviewed Jul. 26, 2012

"This was delicious eventhough I used 2% milk instead of cream which I didn't have. I used a bit of corn starch to thicken it. I think brocolli would work in place of asparagus. I will definately try this again."

Reviewed Dec. 31, 2011

"the sauce turned out great, very creamy"

Reviewed Nov. 29, 2011

"I used macaroni rather than the penne because that's what we had in the pantry, but I think just about any pasta would work in this dish. Wow! With the rave reviews I got around the dinner table, this leftovers recipe almost outshone the first round of turkey on Thanksgiving day. Everyone absolutely loved it, and I loved the fact that it was so quick and easy to fix."

Reviewed Nov. 30, 2010

"Great recipe. I don't usually like asparagus, but I think I'd put more than what's called for the next time I make it. Thinking about adding celery."

Reviewed Nov. 28, 2010

"Made this tonight, we all loved it! Really really good!"

Reviewed Jul. 22, 2010

"The whole family loved it. Had to double it to make enough for 6."

Reviewed Feb. 9, 2010

"Excellent way to use turkey leftovers. This recipe was a big hit with the family."

Reviewed Dec. 20, 2009

"A great way to eat asparagus as I don't usually like it. Easy to make and so delicious my 2 year old and 1 year old would eat it."

Reviewed Dec. 8, 2009

"This is fabulous!"

Reviewed Nov. 11, 2009

"My whole family loved this recipe! The kids too, they even ate the asparagus! I too doubled everything. It seemed I would just be throwing out the remainder of the fresh veggies and saving the remainder of the pasta anyways, so why not use it up. For the four of us it was perfect with a salad. My daughter has claimed the leftovers for her lunch tomorrow! My husband even commented that this had much more flavor than he thought it would. This is a keeper!"

Reviewed Oct. 8, 2009

"I double the abount of pasta when I make this and there is still plenty of sauce to go around. This is one of the best recipes I have ever tried!"

Reviewed Sep. 23, 2009

"Wonderful, easy recipe. I didn't have asparagus, so I used sweet peppers. I didn't have penne, so I used bow-tie pasta. Still tastes great!"

Reviewed Feb. 4, 2009

"Wow. This was amazing. Best recipe I have tried in a long time, and even the kiddoes liked it. Next time I would use halved cherry tomatoes instead of the medium tomato, chopped. Just personal preference."

Reviewed Feb. 24, 2008

"I am always looking for ways to cook chicken, so I tried this one with chicken instead of turkey and skipped the mushrooms. It was wonderful! And so easy and fast!"

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Wine Pairings

Full-Bodied White Wine

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