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.

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  1. Dear Gabby,
    Hello from the island of beautiful Kauai! I love your blog, you always seem so happy!
    This year I am home sick for Thanksgiving, my husband brought me home a cold plate from our friends house. Your usual whipped potatoes, cranberry, turkey, stuffing. Since I only have Taro Rolls in the house and no mayonnaise…I toasted the taro roll, spread some local homemade mango jam, then topped it with turkey, stuffing, some left over Arugala in the salad bin…voila a Island Turkey Sandwich.
    Suzanne Bertoia

  2. I love to make turkey sandwiches with cranberry sauce and lettuce on it. Yummy! Eating them any way is delicious, I really love leftover stuffing! I can eat it just by itself! It is all good and we don’t waste any!

  3. My grandmother gave me an old donut recipe that uses leftover mashed potatoes. We had homemade donuts this AM! I love making her tried and true recipes.

  4. When I do cook a turkey – my favorite left over treat is simply a turkey sandwich with cranberries.

    My yoga studio has those Lululemon crops and the heathered red pants. They are tempting aren’t they? The look great in person if you need that kind of help with your shopping 🙂

  5. Hot turkey sandwiches with mashed potatoes and gravy! Or cold turkey sandwiches with cranberry sauce…Or turkey soup…I guess I have three favorites 🙂

  6. I love to make Hot Turkey with Thanksgiving Leftovers! Thanks for the giveaway!


  7. I love making soups this time of year, so i changed up my chicken tortilla soup and swapped in some turkey. Delish!

  8. I’m pretty much of a traditionalist when it comes to Thanksgiving leftovers. A turkey sandwich with mayo and cranberries or a hot turkey sandwich smothered with gravy!

  9. Hi,
    We all usually like turkey sandwiches with lettuce and mayo! But instead of mayo, cranberry sauce is great too~

  10. I make a yummy wild rice blend for Thanksgiving that I like to use along with leftover turkey to make a Turkey Wild Rice Soup (complete with bacon and red wine flavors!). Yum!

  11. I made a sandwich with the leftover cranberry sauce, turkey and lettuce. Was so good! Also like to have it on a plate with gravy and mashed potatoes all over again! Yummy!!!

  12. Hot turkey and gravy sandwiches, then any leftovers go into homemade turkey, vegetables and rice soup!

  13. I could come up with something fancy, but the truth is that my fav turkey leftover meal is a turkey sandwich, cold with lots of mayo & celery salt. Yum!

  14. I love to take the leftover turkey, put it on a leftover roll, with some leftover cranberry and some creamy cheese (like brie) and toast the thing until it is ooey gooey and melty! Yum!

  15. I have a couple of favorites – turkey tetrazzini and a Thanksgiving po’boy sandwich using all the leftovers! YUM!

  16. I love makin panini’s with turkey, cranberry sauce, veggies and Gruyère! Thank you for this giveaway.

  17. One of our favorite things to do w/left overs is so simple, yet we love it! We take leftover Sister Shubert dinner rolls, split them in half load w/turkey, put a piece of cheese on top of the turkey. Put the roll top back on. Pop in the micro for a min. or so. Yum!

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