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Classic Turkey Tetrazzini

First Posted: 10/27/2011 4:55 pm Updated: 08/31/2012 10:48 am

Classic Turkey Tetrazzini

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I sometimes use fusilli instead of spaghettini -- even elbow macaroni -- because both are easier to cook, serve, and eat. I also sometimes substitute roast chicken for turkey (buy a rotisserie bird to save time). It's worth using Parmigiano Reggiano in this dish, now sold by many supermarkets -- the flavor is superior to domestic parmesans. Always serve Tetrazzini straight from the oven because on standing, the pasta absorbs the sauce and makes the dish dry. Before reheating any leftovers, mix in a little additional chicken broth, then cover and reheat about 20 minutes at 350°F.


  • 3 cups diced leftover cooked turkey
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 12 ounces sliced mushrooms (white or baby bellas); 1 1/2 (8-ounce) packages
  • 4 large scallions, trimmed and thinly sliced
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 3/4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup light or heavy cream
  • 3 tablespoons medium-dry Marsala, Madeira, or sherry
  • 3/4 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 ounces dried spaghettini (extra-thin spaghetti), broken in half, then cooked and drained by package directions
  • 1 (4-ounce) jar diced pimientos, drained


  • Preheat oven to 375° F. Spritz shallow 2 to 2 1/2-quart casserole with non-stick cooking spray. Place turkey in large bowl and set aside. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in large heavy skillet over moderately high heat, add mushrooms and scallions, and cook 6 to 8 minutes until limp; add to chicken.
  • Melt remaining butter in small heavy saucepan over moderate heat, blend in flour, add broth, and cook, stirring constantly, 2 to 3 minutes until thickened and smooth. Mix in cream, Madeira, 1/4 cup parmesan, salt, and pepper, cook and stir 2 minutes; add to chicken mixture along with hot, drained spaghettini and pimientos. Toss well, scoop into casserole, and spread to edge. Sprinkle remaining 1/2 cup parmesan on top.
  • Bake uncovered on middle oven shelf 25 to 30 minutes until bubbling and tipped with brown. Serve oven-hot with a green vegetable or salad of your choice.


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