Easy Turkey Tetrazzini (One Pot)

One Pot Turkey tetrazzini
This easy turkey tetrazzini is made in one pot. It can be baked as a casserole, but is fabulous if it isn’t. You will love this one pot dish!

Easy One Pot Turkey Tetrazzini

Every year my father in law sends us a turkey. This year that turkey became part of this turkey tetrazzini. After all, it’s hard for two people to eat an entire turkey so I am always looking for ways to use leftovers. Thanks Paw! Manservant loved this dish.

This easy turkey tetrazzini is made in one pot and comes together in thirty minutes. No, this isn’t the casserole version of tetrazzini that is baked in the oven, but could be if you wanted it that way.

It seems everyone writes about turkey tetrazzini this time of year. However I must tell you that this rich and simple dish can easily be made with rotisserie chicken or tuna. And start singing because this dish was named after an opera singer! Made famous by a chef in San Francisco who worked at the hotel where Luisa Tetrazzini an opera singer lived; he named this dish after her.

There are many versions of tetrazzini and no one is quite clear what the real version is. It is thought to be a rich cheese sauce flavored with sherry, sauteed mushrooms and served over or combined with egg noodles. You can see from the numerous versions floating around that most anything goes when it comes to tetrazzini.

I’m not sure where turkey entered the picture but it seems a pretty good ingredient to throw into this concoction and one that most folks have a lot of this time of year. 

Turkey tetrazzini is often served baked in a casserole dish topped with bread crumbs and parmesan cheese. This recipe is easily adapted to that. And if you want to freeze this and then bake? Go for it! Turkey tetrazzini is so adaptable.

Turkey Tetrazzini

Though this is a one pot dish with spaghetti, egg noodles can also be used. Make sure to stop the recipe at the point where you add in the chicken broth. In other words just make the cheese sauce and boil your own egg noodles. Want more cheese? Stir it in at the end.

So, how do you make turkey tetrazzini?

As I mentioned, turkey tetrazzini is commonly made in a casserole dish. This recipe is made in one pot and begins with sauteing onions and garlic and adding in the mushrooms. Then a mixture of milk, cornstarch and sherry is added to make a cream sauce. Stir in the pearl onions.

Add the chicken stock, turkey and dry spaghetti noodles and let them cook in the sauce. When this pasta is cooked, remove from heat and stir in the sour cream, cheese and peas. That’s it. Easy peasy! Get it?

Are peas necessary? Absolutely not. But I do think they give this plain, but rich dish a little color. And they do add to the taste and texture.

Comfort food is where it’s at right now and with the weather going on right now in Colorado, this turkey recipe is looking mighty tempting. Today found me at Sprouts buying a 14 lb bird while fighting the crowds.

It’s been a crazy day here in Denver. With the prediction of 11 inches of snow, the grocery was packed.

Turkey terazzini

No sooner did I get home to discover that my mother’s flight had been canceled. Luckily, I found her a new one and with any luck she will be flying here tomorrow after this storm has departed. Good news is Alex arrived last night and Zoe comes on Wednesday. Yes, there will be a lot of airport runs, but we are so ready!

Thanksgiving is here folks and I hope I’ve helped you get ready. My table is set, my family is almost here and once I get through baking my salted maple pie and my pecan bread pudding, it will be on to cookies and gifts and potato latkes. Hope you are with me!

Have a great holiday. Eat well, be well, stay well. For that and those, I am grateful! Cheers and Happy Thanksgiving!

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One Pot Turkey tetrazzini

Easy Turkey Tetrazzini (One Pot)

  • Author: Abbe
  • Prep Time: 20 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 Minutes
  • Total Time: 35 Minutes
  • Yield: 4 Servings 1x
  • Category: Main Course
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American


This easy turkey tetrazzini is made in one pot. It can be baked as a casserole, but is fabulous if it isn’t. You will love this one pot dish!




2 T olive oil

1 T butter

2 t minced garlic

1/2 c onion chopped

10 oz sliced white mushrooms OR 1 package assorted frozen mushrooms from Trader Joes

1 c frozen pearl onions from Trader Joes (optional)

1 T sherry (optional)

2 c whole milk

2 T cornstarch

1 t salt, divided

1/2 t fresh ground pepper or more, divided

2 c chicken stock

8 oz dry spaghetti  (1/2 a package)

2 c leftover diced turkey , but rotisserie chicken works also

1/2 c frozen green peas thawed (just run under cold water to thaw and dry on a paper towel)

1/4 c sour cream

1/2 c fresh grated Parmesan cheese

1/2 c grated Cheddar cheese (optional)

Chopped Italian Parsley for garnish


In a large Dutch oven, heat oil and butter. Add garlic and onion and saute until almost translucent. Add fresh or frozen mushrooms and season with salt and pepper and whatever else you’d like. If you hav rubbed or fresh thyme, I think it adds nice flavor. Cook until mushrooms and onions are soft.

In a large measuring cup, whisk together milk, cornstarch and sherry if using. Add the rest of the salt and pepper. Set aside.

Add turkey, pearl  onions and dry spaghetti noodles along with the chicken stock and cornstarch mixture to the vegetable mixture in the skillet. Stir well and make sure pasta is submerged.

Bring mixture to a boil, then lower heat to medium low and simmer covered, stirring often until the pasta is done, about 12 minutes, but this depends on the cooking time of the pasta you bought!

Remove from heat. Let cool for 5 minutes. Add sour cream, Parmesan cheese, Cheddar cheese if using and peas. Stir well.

Garnish with lots of parsley and more pepper if desired!


Adapted from Crunchy Creamy Sweet.

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  • mjskitchen
    December 1, 2019 at 4:01 pm

    Thanksgiving Day was wild wasn’t it? Further south here in Albuquerque we got 6- 8 inches of snow, shattering the previous Thanksgiving Day record of 0.5 inches Of course, as all snows are, it was beautiful and by the time we had to go to my SIL’s for dinner, it had stopped and the streets were clear enough to drive.

    Tetrazzini is the classic leftover turkey dish, isn’t it? Yours looks scrumptious. Wish I had a bowl in front of me right now. Hope you and your family had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

  • Healthy World Cuisine
    November 30, 2019 at 7:22 pm

    Looks so creamy and delicious. This is one leftover idea that the boys come running for. Take Care

  • Mimi
    November 29, 2019 at 7:34 am

    Mmmmmmm some of my favorite ingredients. And there are those frozen pearl onions! This is really a great idea. We only had four yesterday, so hopefully I’ll have enough time turkey to play with over the next few days!

  • sippitysup
    November 28, 2019 at 5:35 pm

    Sadly O have no T-Gives plans this year and have cooked nothing but a pie. I wonder if it’s too late to give tho onw poy wonder a try… GREG

  • Susan
    November 27, 2019 at 5:43 pm

    Love tetrazzini! I’ve only made it with chicken but will have to try a turkey version with leftovers! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, Abbe!

  • Holly
    November 26, 2019 at 7:21 pm

    This looks perfect to use with leftover Thanksgiving turkey. I hope your mom made it in this weather today!

  • Merryn
    November 26, 2019 at 5:29 pm

    I definitely have to try this, I’ve never cooked a tetrazzini but with so much turkey left over you do need creative ideas to use it all up and this one is just superb. I love this, it is so achievable and will be well received by the family.

  • John / Kitchen Riffs
    November 26, 2019 at 7:28 am

    LOVE the idea of stove top tetrazzini! Easier than the casserole and I’ll bet it’s just as good. Really neat recipe — thanks.

  • Lea Ann (Cooking On The Ranch)
    November 26, 2019 at 5:20 am

    This stove top version is such a great idea. Turkey tetrazzini casserole can be a job to make. Thanks for the recipe.

  • Liz Berg
    November 26, 2019 at 3:08 am

    Tetrazzini is our favorite post Thanksgiving meal! I don’t use spaghetti, but I think I will shake up the pasta this year!!

  • angiesrecipes
    November 25, 2019 at 10:35 pm

    This looks so very delicious and tempting with that creaminess! Definitely a winner!