Turkey Tetrazzini

  • Serves

    serves 8


This isn't tetrazzini as you know it. The original, ascribed to Auguste Escoffier ("the king of chefs"), was a rich mixture of sherry-spiked cream, turkey, and cheese, named in honor of Luisa Tetrazzini, a celebrated early-20th-century opera singer. This home-style version is from SAVEUR kitchen director, Liz Pearson, and makes a great use for leftover Thanksgiving turkey.


  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 7 cups chicken broth
  • 1 green bell pepper, cored, seeded, and finely chopped
  • 1 large yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 lb. dried spaghetti
  • 1 lb. skinless boneless roasted turkey, torn into large chunks (about 3 cups)
  • 2 cups frozen peas, thawed
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1 (7-oz.) can mushrooms, drained
  • 14 cup finely chopped drained pimentos
  • 3 cups (about 1⁄2 lb.) grated cheddar cheese


Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°. Butter an 11" × 13" casserole dish with 1 tbsp. of the butter. Combine broth, peppers, onions, garlic, and salt and pepper to taste in a large pot and bring to a boil. Add spaghetti in broken pieces, reduce heat to medium, and boil gently, stirring often, until spaghetti is al dente, 12–14 minutes. Remove from heat, add remaining 1 tbsp. butter, turkey, peas, ketchup, mushrooms, pimentos, and salt and pepper to taste and fold together.

Step 2

Transfer spaghetti mixture to buttered dish and cover with grated cheese. Bake until golden and bubbly, about 30 minutes. Set casserole aside to let cool slightly, then serve.

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