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Best Recipe for Leftover Turkey

Tuesday, December 21, 2021


Happy Tuesday, My Lovelies!  Do you bake ham or turkey (or both) for Christmas?  We usually have both, and sometimes I get stumped about what to do with leftover turkey.  After Thanksgiving, I tried a new turkey tetrazzini recipe that everyone loved!  

Turkey Tetrazzini

I think the reason this recipe was such a hit is because it's cheesy, and it doesn't have any vegetables in it.  We have some people in our family who love peas, some who don't; some who love mushrooms, and others who don't care for them.  Everyone was happy with this one, and I served a "make your own" salad as a side dish.

Here's the recipe:


1 (16 ounce) package uncooked spaghetti
½ cup butter
½ cup all-purpose flour 
3 cups chicken broth 
2 cups milk
1 ⅔ cups grated Parmesan cheese 
4 cups chopped cooked turkey


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a 3 quart baking dish.

Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add spaghetti, and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente. Drain, and leave in colander.

Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Stir in flour. Mix in chicken broth and milk. Cook and stir until the mixture comes to a boil. Stir in about 1 1/3 cups Parmesan cheese, and remove from heat.

Mix turkey and spaghetti into chicken broth mixture. Pour mixture into baking dish.  Top with remaining cheese. Bake 1 hour in the preheated oven, until surface is lightly browned.

I adapted this recipe from THIS ONE.

Today's Chrismon:

The shepherd's crook is the symbol of the Good Shepherd (Jesus) and also for the shepherds who visited the manger in Bethlehem.

Today's scripture:

King Herod was deeply disturbed when he heard this, as was everyone in Jerusalem.  He called a meeting of the leading priests and teachers of religious law and asked, “Where is the Messiah supposed to be born?”

“In Bethlehem in Judea,” they said, “for this is what the prophet wrote:

‘And you, O Bethlehem in the land of Judah,
    are not least among the ruling cities of Judah,
for a ruler will come from you
    who will be the shepherd for my people Israel.’ ”

Matthew 2:3-6

Until next time...

Ricki Jill


  1. Well, I tried a similar recipe with my leftover turkey and let me just say that no one else had a chance to weigh in....I threw it out. Butta makes everything better. I should've tried that.
    Happy Winter Solstice! Listen to Sarah McLachlan's Song for a Winter Night to warm your heart..
    and sending you a solstice wish graphic by email since it's too long to post here!

  2. We usually have ham and turkey (if I can find a turkey breast, no one likes the dark meat). I try not to have leftover turkey unless it's for sandwiches later. Jim smokes our hams to perfection so no leftovers there. I like your recipe, after Christmas dinner this recipe sounds delicious. Beautiful Chrismon and scripture......Can you believe Christmas is only days away!!! Merri, Merri XOXO

  3. I don't care for turkey but I do love chicken tetrazzini! You have really done a great job with your advent calendar, kudos!

  4. Sounds delish. I bet Chicken would work in this too. Have a good day today. We are winding down to the big day. Enjoy. xoxo

  5. I'm not a fan of turkey -- once a year is enough for me, but it happens -- and when it does, there are always leftovers. This sounds much better than the turkey proper! I love your advent calendar!

  6. YUM!
    Thank you for sharing.. this has been a fun way to experience advent with you.


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