Make this hearty Slow Cooker Turkey Tetrazzini and make sure your leftover turkey (or chicken) never goes to waste! This lightened up version of classic tetrazzini is sure to become a family favorite.
Easy to make in your slow cooker, this dish is creamy and flavorful and so satisfying. You’ll love the combination of sliced mushrooms and sweet peas for a filling and healthy dinner.
💚 Why You'll Love This Recipe
Looking for the perfect way to use leftover turkey after a holiday dinner? Or do you just want a quick and easy meal that's loaded with comforting and healthy ingredients?
Try this one pot turkey tetrazzini! Creamy and satisfying, this pasta dish is so simple to prepare in your slow cooker. Combine your ingredients and let them cook for a few hours, and you've got a delicious dinner ready to serve!
I love making pasta dishes in my slow cooker, just like this Healthier Spaghetti Dinner.
🧂 Ingredients Needed
- cooked turkey - this is a great way to make sure leftover turkey (or chicken) doesn't go to waste, but you could also buy pre-cooked turkey for this dish.
- mushrooms - add some extra nutrition and a nice earthy flavor.
- frozen peas - a great way to give your dish a healthy pop of color.
- shredded Parmesan - can be substituted for another cheese of your choice.
- cream of mushroom soup - provides a velvety and creamy texture and brings out the mushroom flavor.
- chicken broth - ensures the mixture doesn't get too thick so the pasta can cook properly.
- evaporated milk - be sure to get evaporated and not condensed, as condensed has added sweetness.
- linguine - this can be exchanged for just about any pasta.
- parsley - for garnish.
- In a large bowl, combine turkey, mushrooms, frozen peas, cheese, cream of mushroom soup, chicken broth, evaporated milk, and pepper.
- Mix until well combined.
- Break the linguine noodles in half and add to the bowl.
- Transfer the ingredients to your slow cooker and cook on low for 4 hours. Garnish with parsley once finished cooking.
Tetrazzini, an Italian-American dish, is typically comprised of pasta and poultry or seafood in some kind of creamy sauce. A tetrazzini is often topped with cheese and/or breadcrumbs.
Spaghetti is a specific type of pasta which can be used to make tetrazzini, which is a dish that combines pasta with others ingredients for a casserole-like finish.
This dish is packed with veggies and healthy turkey, which is rich in protein, vitamins, and minerals. The sauce is composed of some heavier ingredients, but eaten in moderation this is a dish that includes all the components for a healthy dinner.
💭 Expert Tips and Tricks
- This one pot turkey tetrazzini is a fantastic way to use leftover turkey from the holidays, but you can also buy pre-cooked turkey or even use raw turkey in this recipe. Just be sure it cooks all the way through in the slow cooker.
- Stirring the linguine into the mixture can be difficult even after breaking it in half, so don't be afraid to break it more in the process of mixing.
- Add as much or as little turkey as you like or have. If you have lots of leftover turkey, feel free to use as much as you want!
📌 This easy crock pot recipe for leftover turkey will give holiday leftovers a brand new life! The whole family will love this creamy and comforting turkey dish loaded with pasta, cheese, and veggies.
💡 Substitutions and Variations
- Cooked or raw chicken can be used instead of turkey.
- Other types of pasta like rotini, penne, or gemelli can be used.
- Use another kind of cheese like asiago, cheddar, or monterey jack. A combination of cheeses can also be used.
- Feel free to add other veggies like carrots, zucchini, broccoli, cauliflower, or whatever you have on hand.
- For a healthier twist on this recipe, use zucchini noodles instead of typical pasta. You may want to hold off on adding them to the mixture until about an hour remains of cooking time. This will prevent them from getting too soft and falling apart.
🥫 Storage and Reheating
Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days or in the freezer for a few months. To reheat, microwave it for about a minute at a time. Add a bit of water to prevent it from drying out.
From frozen, allow leftovers to thaw in the fridge or at room temperature before reheating.
🍴 What To Serve With This Dish
Even though this slow cooker leftover turkey has everything you need for a full meal, you can just as easily pair it with something like Wasabi Mashed Potatoes or Roasted Red Pepper Soup for a fuller meal. If you're making this dish for or around the holidays, it's also great to serve alongside a Christmas Salad or this tasty Cornbread Casserole.
✔️ More One Pot Recipes You'll Love
- One Pot Lemon Pasta - With the flavors of tangy lemon and refreshing dill, this 20-minute pasta dish is perfect for a quick dinner!
- One Pot Chicken and Rice - This dish combines perfectly seasoned chicken with healthy, filling rice for a fantastic dinner option.
- Easy One Pot Rigatoni - With a homemade meat sauce using turkey, this rigatoni dish will become a family favorite.
- One Pot Cacio e Pepe - With only 4 ingredients, this dish from The Food Dolls is ideal for pasta lovers!
One Pot Turkey Tetrazzini
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Slow Cooker Turkey Tetrazzini
- 1 Slow cooker
- 3 cups bite sized pieces cooked turkey
- 8 ounces sliced mushrooms
- 1 cup frozen peas
- 1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
- 10.5 ounces cream of mushroom soup (1 can)
- 1 cup chicken broth
- ¾ cup evaporated milk
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- 16 ounces linguine (or your favorite pasta)
- chopped parsley, for garnish (optional)
- Combine the turkey, mushrooms, peas, Parmesan cheese, cream of mushroom soup, chicken broth, evaporated milk, and pepper in a large mixing bowl.3 cups bite sized pieces cooked turkey, 8 ounces sliced mushrooms, 1 cup frozen peas, 1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese, 10.5 ounces cream of mushroom soup, 1 cup chicken broth, ¾ cup evaporated milk, ½ teaspoon pepper
- Break the linguine noodles in half, add into the bowl and mix a bit to get all the noodles coated.16 ounces linguine
- Cook on low for 4 hours. If desired, garnish with parsley when serving.chopped parsley, for garnish
- Use leftover turkey from a holiday meal, or buy cooked or smoked turkey at the grocery store. You can also use raw turkey in this recipe.
- You can substitute cooked or raw chicken in this dish instead of turkey.
- Adjust the amount of turkey or chicken according to your taste or how much you happen to have leftover.
- It can be a little challenging to mix the linguine into the turkey mixture even after breaking it in half. You can use rotini, gemelli, or other smaller pasta to make this step easier.
- When reheating this dish, microwave it a few minutes at a time. Add a little water or milk first to help prevent it from being dry.
Nutritional information is an estimate. The nutritional values for your final dish may vary based on measuring differences and products used.