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Next Day Turkey Primavera Recipe

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Total Time: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.

Makes: 4 servings

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



  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 Parmesan cheese and toss again. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Next Day Turkey Primavera in Taste of Home December/January 2008, p28

Nutritional Facts

1-1/2 cups: 499 calories, 35g fat (21g saturated fat), 148mg cholesterol, 859mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 3g fiber), 23g protein.


Nov. 27, 2016

My family and I loved this. Honestly, there wasn't anything I would change about it.

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!!!!

Feb. 18, 2015

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

Jan. 1, 2015

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

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!

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.

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.

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.

Dec. 31, 2011

the sauce turned out great, very creamy

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.


Nov. 27, 2016

My family and I loved this. Honestly, there wasn't anything I would change about it.

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