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chicken turkey tetrazzini

One-pot Turkey or Chicken Tetrazzini

This tasty, creamy one-pot meal is a great way to use up turkey or chicken leftovers—and get a healthy dose of vegetables in the bargain. The optional breadcrumb topping provides a nice textural counterpoint to the creamy pasta, and makes a fun presentation when served in individual ramekins.
Course Entree
Cuisine Italian-American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 -8
Author Michelle Frank


  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 3 tbsp flour
  • 8 oz fideo pasta or broken up spaghetti
  • 4 oz. cremini mushrooms, trimmed and sliced
  • 2 large shallots, minced
  • 1 large roasted pimento or red bell pepper, chopped (I use jarred peppers)
  • 3 cups low-sodium chicken or turkey broth
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 cups cooked turkey or chicken, cubed or shredded
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • 1 tbsp mixed dried Italian herbs
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1/2 tsp salt (or to taste)
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tbsp fresh parsley, finely chopped (for garnish; optional)


  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 2 tbsp melted butter
  • 1 tsp mixed Italian herbs
  • 1/4 cup grated Romano cheese


  • Heat the butter in a large, heavy-bottomed skillet or Dutch oven over medium heat. When the butter starts to foam, add the mushrooms. Sauté until their liquid is rendered and mostly evaporated. Add the shallots; sauté for 1 additional minute.
  • Sprinkle in the flour and stir continuously for 1 minute. Slowly add the broth, whisking continuously to combine with the flour and avoid forming lumps. Add in the milk, pasta, herbs, 1/2 tsp. salt, and 1/8 tsp. of pepper.
  • Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce to medium-low. Cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the pasta is al dente (or soft, if that's how you like it). After 10 minutes of cooking, add in the chicken or turkey, peas, pimento, and parmesan cheese. Check seasoning, adding more salt and pepper if needed.
  • Serve topped with parsley, if desired. (See below for optional breadcrumb topping.) Enjoy!


  • This step will add an additional ~5 minutes to the cook time. To toast the breadcrumbs first, melt the butter in the pot over medium heat; add the breadcrumbs, stirring until golden brown. Remove to a bowl and mix with herbs and Romano cheese, wiping out the pot before beginning step one above. Sprinkle breadcrumbs over each serving. OR, mix the breadcrumbs with melted butter, herbs, and cheese, and then top individual servings in oven-safe bowls or ramekins and place under a low broiler until golden brown.