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Classic Turkey Tetrazzini Recipe

Classic Turkey Tetrazzini Recipe

This classic casserole is so easy to make and works well with either leftover turkey or fresh turkey cutlets. You can also substitute flavored bread crumbs for the plain ones and jarred, roasted red pepper for the fresh variety. —Shannon Weddle, Berryville, Virginia
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 30 min. YIELD:12 servings


  • 1 package (16 ounces) spaghetti
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 9 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1 pound sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1 large sweet red pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 6 cups 2% milk
  • 1 tablespoon chicken bouillon granules
  • 6 cups cubed cooked turkey breast
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1-1/2 cups dry bread crumbs
  • 4 teaspoons minced fresh parsley


  • 1. Cook spaghetti according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a Dutch oven, saute onions in 6 tablespoons butter until tender. Add mushrooms and red pepper; saute 4-5 minutes longer or until vegetables are tender.
  • 2. Stir in flour and salt until blended. Gradually whisk in milk and bouillon. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Stir in turkey and cheese; heat through. Remove from the heat.
  • 3. Drain spaghetti; add to turkey mixture and mix well. Transfer to one greased 13x9-in. baking dish and one greased 11x7-in. baking dish.
  • 4. Melt remaining butter; toss with bread crumbs. Sprinkle over casseroles. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until heated through. Sprinkle with parsley. Yield: 12 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1-1/3 cup: 499 calories, 15g fat (9g saturated fat), 98mg cholesterol, 773mg sodium, 53g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 3g fiber), 37g protein.

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Lorriloves2bake User ID: 6605901 218997
Reviewed Jan. 27, 2015

"I made this today & the 6 cups of milk & 1/2 c of flour did not thicken. I had soup! I proceeded to add 1 tbsp of CORNSTARCH which after several minutes didn't help. After 15ms of boiling I gave up & added the 1 c of Parm Cheese! Will not make again! My family thought it was Bland! With the price of milk being almost $3 a gallon & this Recipe calling for 6 c of milk I am going to make Gladys Waldrop turkey Tetrazzini !"

FyrePhoenix User ID: 6256620 155998
Reviewed Jan. 16, 2014

"I don't understand why this is such "a long time to prepare and there was a lot of clean up" - you use 3 pans, 1 of which you actually cook in. This recipe looks awesome & I cannot wait to try it. I'm not afraid of a little work. =)"

Igraine32 User ID: 7006585 96809
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2013

"I was not expecting this to be so good. Took a long time to prepare and there was a lot of clean up, but in the end it was worth it. It transformed our frozen leftover turkey that was actually a bit dry into yummy chunks of turkey. The only thing I did different was use almond milk since we no longer drink cow milk. As far as I could tell it substituted just fine."

kamswife User ID: 100602 168630
Reviewed Oct. 20, 2012

"I used most of the meat from a whole chicken, 1 can evaporated milk, 4 cups whole milk; left off bread crumbs (DH doesn't like), added two cloves of garlic, minced. This made two large foil pans; I froze one for later."

mbuck6027 User ID: 1439723 96808
Reviewed Dec. 29, 2009

"I love this recipe. It is a little time consuming but well worth it. I substitute chicken for the turkey every now and then."

lsharkey User ID: 3427347 153593
Reviewed Nov. 27, 2009

"easy recipe-and it tastes fantastic! Because I was cooking for just two people, I adjusted the recipe by half and it was perfect. Can't wait to use my Thanksgiving leftovers to make this again."

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