There are many versions of this old-fashioned casserole. Mine offers a little more zip due to the thyme and lemon peel. It’s a nice way to use up those turkey leftovers.
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VERIFIED BY Taste of Home Test Kitchen
- 6 cups uncooked egg noodles
- 1/3 cup sliced green onions
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 pound sliced fresh mushrooms
- 3 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
- 1 tablespoon minced fresh thyme or 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 2 bay leaves
- 2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 cups chicken broth
- 1 egg yolk, beaten
- 1 cup milk
- 4 cups cubed cooked turkey
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1/3 cup dry bread crumbs
- 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1/2 cup sliced almonds, toasted
- Cook noodles according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a Dutch oven, saute onions and garlic in oil for 3 minutes. Add the mushrooms, parsley, thyme and bay leaves. Cook until mushrooms are lightly browned. Discard bay leaves.
- Transfer mushroom mixture to a bowl; stir in lemon peel and set aside. Drain noodles; set aside.
- In the Dutch oven, melt butter over medium heat. Stir in flour until smooth. Whisk in broth. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Combine egg yolk and milk; stir into white sauce. Cook and stir 2 minutes longer.
- Stir in mushroom mixture and turkey; heat through. Fold in noodles. Season with salt and pepper.
- Spoon into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Toss bread crumbs and cheese; sprinkle over the top. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until lightly browned. Sprinkle with almonds. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Herbed Turkey Tetrazzini in Country Extra January 2009, p49