Turkey Spaghetti Bake

Raise your hand if you braved or are planning on braving the mall today?

Big hats off to you guys. I’m steering clear and staying home. Okay, maybe I’ll venture to Lululemon, because I literally cannot live another day without these red pants, but I don’t think I could brave the mall if I tried. It’s just too much for me. Instead I’m going to stay home and play in the kitchen and eat cookies and leftovers.

We’ve got thanksgiving leftovers to tackle and I have a cheesy treat for ya today. Turkey Spaghetti Bake. It’s obsession worthy and you’re gonna love it. Plus you probably have almost everything you need on hand at home!

This Turkey Spaghetti Bake recipes comes from one of my friends first cookbook! Jenny from Picky Palate has an amazing blog that is stuffed to the brim with fun recipes that will please even the pickiest eater. Her first cookbook just came out a few weeks ago and as I was browsing through it, I couldn’t help but drool over the Chicken Spaghetti Bake recipe. While Jenny calls for chicken in this recipe, I decided to use some shredded turkey because we all probably have a whole lotta that laying around today and this weekend. The result was a cheesy delicious treat. I threw some extra fresh mozzarella on top because it seemed like a perfectly acceptable thing to do and when I served this for dinner the other day, everybody loved it! It reminds me a lot of the spaghetti bake my mom used to make us as kids. I loved it then and I totally still love it now!

But let’s get back to the book for a hot second. Jenny’s recipes are fab. And the book is gorgeous!! She has recipes for all meals of the day and a ton of sweet treats that will make any sweet tooth loving person swoon. It’s available here on Amazon if you want to hop over and grab a copy for yourself! It would be a fun gift for anyone  who loves to cook too!

And because, what’s a Black Friday without a fun little giveaway, I’m giving away 1 copy here too!! Just leave a comment below telling me what you’re favorite thing is to make with thanksgiving leftovers and you’ll be entered to win!! I’ll randomly pick the winner next Friday and they’ll be announced here and notified by email!!

So hop to it! Leave Jenny some love below and then make this Turkey Spaghetti Bake!

Turkey Spaghetti Bake

Turkey Spaghetti Bake


  • 1 lb thin spaghetti noodles
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 cups shredded cooked turkey (or chicken)
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 tsp dried italian seasoning
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella (I used little fresh mozzarella balls)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and spray a 9x13 inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray
  2. Break the pasta in half and cook the spaghetti according to the package directions, drain and set aside.
  3. Heat the oil in a dutch oven or large pot over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring, until tender, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute more. Add the chicken, cream, tomatoes, basil, salt, pepper and italian seasoning and stir to combine. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes.
  4. Add the cooked spaghetti to the sauce and stir.
  5. Transfer the chicken and pasta mixture to the baking dish and top with the parmesan and mozzarella cheese. Bake for 20-25 minutes until the cheese is melted. Cool for 5 minutes before serving.

Don't know what to make,
or how to make it?
I've got you covered! Check out all my recipes here
recipe index


  1. The only leftovers we had this year was Rum & Coke glazed Ham. I chopped the ham into bite size pieces and added them to a scalloped potato dish the next day. It was delicious!

  2. my favorite thing to make with leftovers is turkey noodle soup!! the recipe above looks amazing, i cant wait to try it!

  3. Looks delish Gaby! Happy belated Thanksgiving to you 🙂 I’d have to say my favourite thanksgiving leftover to make is turkey sandwiches with all the fixins’….cranberry sauce and stuffing included!

  4. We made an amazing squash soup with our leftover baked kuri and buttercup squash! Also, you can’t really beat a turkey sandwich with stuffing and cranberry mmmm

  5. My favorite dish to use leftover turkey for it white bean, turkey chili! So warm and filling. But I’m always open to new ideas and fun new recipes. I do believe I will have to try this Turkey Spaghetti Bake…looks amazing!

  6. I make the most delicious turkey and wild rice soup! I never get to eat more than one bowl because everyone devours it!

  7. Potato cake with my breakfast. It’s the only time of the year that enough mashed potatoes are made to have leftovers in my family.

  8. turkey soup is the best…I put the whole carcass in the freezer, in a week or two I thaw, put in a big pan..cook it for a few hours. Later I add carrots, celery, seasonings, egg noodles and dumplings. Yummy

    1. when you have a cooked turkey breast, you can take 2 forks and shred it up like you would a chicken!! 🙂

  9. I have everything except the heavy cream. Can I substitute with canned evaporated milk? I’d like to make this today. Thanks for what looks like a fantastic recipe!

    1. Hi Jan – I haven’t ever tested it using evaporated milk but it would most likely work. You could also use whole milk

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *