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
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/3 cup sliced green onions
- 1 pound sliced fresh mushrooms
- 3 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
- 1 tablespoon minced fresh thyme or 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
- 1/4 cup butter, cubed
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 cups chicken broth
- 1 cup milk
- 1 large egg yolk, lightly beaten
- 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, heat oil over medium heat. Add green onions; cook and stir 3 minutes. Add mushrooms, parsley, thyme and bay leaves. Cook until mushrooms are lightly browned. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Discard bay leaves.
- Transfer mushroom mixture to a small bowl; stir in lemon zest and set aside. Drain noodles.
- Preheat oven to 350°. In the Dutch oven, melt butter over medium heat. Stir in flour until smooth. Whisk in broth. Bring to a boil; stir until thickened, about 2 minutes. Combine milk and egg yolk; add to sauce. Cook, stirring, 2 minutes longer.
- Stir in mushroom mixture and turkey; heat through. Fold in noodles. Season with salt and pepper.
- Spoon into a greased 13-x9-in. baking dish. Toss bread crumbs and cheese; sprinkle over top. Bake, uncovered, until lightly browned, 25-30 minutes. Sprinkle with almonds. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Herbed Turkey Tetrazzini in Country Extra January 2009, p49