Delicious Leftover Turkey Pasta Bake

If your Christmas Turkey is still going days after Christmas then I can’t recommend enough trying this recipe for your leftover turkey for a family dinner that my sister-in-law did for us one Christmas. I’ve begged her for it and finally made it last year. It’s a delicious baked pasta dish with the leftover turkey and tastes amazing. So here we go a Leftover Turkey Cheesy Pasta Bake Recipe.

Turkey Pasta Bake

When my sister-in-law shared this recipe with us she called it as Turkey Tetrazzini and we were intrigued as it’s not something we’ve ever had in England.

She started to make it up and it soon became apparent that the Tetrazzini was just a cheesy pasta bake very similar to a Tuna Pasta Bake that I had made in school many many years ago.

turkey pasta bake ready to be served from the casserole dish made with Christmas turkey leftovers

Unlike that one though this one went down a hit with everyone. We even made just a white sauce version for the cheese haters in the family and they said it was amazing as well.

Leftover Turkey

Once the Christmas Turkey has been carved we can guarantee that there will be leftovers. It’s easy to become bored with cold meat salads which is our normal idea so over the last few years we have been experimenting with the food.

casserole dish of leftover turkey terrazini

This recipe is easy to put together on Boxing Day or the day after and perfect for using up the shredded turkey that has been saved from Christmas dinner.

The sauce recipe is almost identical to our Turkey Casserole so it’s easy to remember and means that we have a cheesy version as well.

Yield: 8 people

Leftover Turkey Pasta Bake Recipe

casserole dish full of Turkey Terrazini topped with cheesey breadcrumbs ready to serve

Easy recipe for leftover Turkey to make a cheesy pasta bake or Turkey Tetrazzini.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes


  • 90 g unsalted butter divided into 30g and 60g
  • 30 g plain flour
  • 725 ml chicken stock
  • 250 ml milk
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 450 g spaghetti cooked and drained
  • 375 g cooked turkey shreeded
  • 340 g frozen peas
  • 230 g shredded mozzarella
  • 120 g breadcrumbs
  • 45 g parmesan cheese grated


  1. Preheat oven to 180C and prepare a 9x13 baking dish by greasing it thouroughly.
  2. In a large frying pan, melt 60g of butter over medium low heat.
  3. When the butter is melted, add the flour and whisk to combine.sauce for pasta bake
  4. Bring the mixture to a simmer and cook until golden brown.
  5. Add the chicken broth and milk and whisk until smooth. Then add in the leftover turkey shredded, some pre-cooked spaghetti and frozen peas.
  6. Add in the shredded mozzarella and mix well.
  7. Transfer mixture to the prepared baking dish.
  8. In a small saucepan, melt the remaining 30g of butter. Combine the melted butter with the breadcrumbs.
  9. Then top the pasta sauce with them.
  10. Add the grated parmesan cheese to the top of the pasta bake.
  11. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes, until the cheese is melted and the breadcrumbs are golden brown.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 494Total Fat: 20gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 96mgSodium: 770mgCarbohydrates: 45gFiber: 3gSugar: 6gProtein: 33g

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