Turkey Spaghetti Bake

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Raise your hand if you are planning to brave the shopping madness this weekend? NOT ME! I’m staying put in my pajamas and tackling that Black Friday shopping from my computer and eating a few servings of this Turkey Spaghetti Bake!

Turkey Spaghetti Bake from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)

It’s all about the Thanksgiving leftovers today on WGC! I think by now we’ve all got our turkey day menu down solid, but if you don’t feel free to take a look at my epic Thanksgiving Dinner Menu! It’s everything you could want and more. But once the meal is over – what do we do with all the leftover turkey? Turkey Spaghetti Bake. Duh. It’s an easy way to use up those leftovers. 

Just shred the turkey from the carcass and then use some of it for this recipe. If you’re storing leftover turkey in the fridge – it will last 4 days. More than that and you’re outta luck. Unless of course you opted for the freezer – then you’ve got about 2-3 months but be sure to watch out for freezer burn. Because that just wipes away all the flavor!

Stay tuned – Friday I’m coming your way with even more leftover ideas and some MAJOR black Friday deals that cannot be missed! I mean, if there was ever a time to shell out some dough for kitchen appliances… Friday is it!

Turkey Spaghetti Bake

Gaby Dalkin

Ingredients
  

  • 1/2 pound spaghetti
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups leftover shredded turkey or chicken
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 28- ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella
  • ½ cup small fresh mozzarella balls
  • Fresh basil to garnish

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Break the pasta in half and cook the spaghetti according to the package directions, drain and set aside.
  • Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring, until tender, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute more. Add the turkey, cream, tomatoes, salt, pepper and Italian seasoning and stir to combine. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Add the cooked pasta to the sauce and stir. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed.
  • Transfer the turkey and pasta to a baking dish and top with parmesan and mozzarella cheese. Bake for 20-25 minutes until the cheese is melted. Garnish with basil and serve as needed.

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97 comments

  1. suzanne bertoia

    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.
    Aloha
    Suzanne Bertoia

  2. Nancy

    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. Cori

    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. Suzanne

    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. Jen P

    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. Allie

    I love to use up my turkey to make a grilled turkey sandwich with cheese and cranberry sauce.

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  8. Maria Malaveci

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

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  9. Susan

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

  10. Susan M.

    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!

  11. kim perlmutter

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

  12. Molly Wall

    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!

  13. Nancy

    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!!!

  14. Romie

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

  15. Susan

    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!

  16. Heidi Babi

    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!

  17. MaryB

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

  18. Amy S

    A turkey sandwich of some kind, maybe toasted with cranberries and gouda. Yum!

  19. Steph

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

  20. Cathy

    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!