Turkey-Vegetable Tetrazzini: Healthier, Gluten-Free Recipe

Beyond the sought-after sandwich on homemade dinner rolls, there are the remaining bits and pieces to be gathered for soup or casserole dishes. For reasons I haven’t yet figured out, there is something about using every last scrap of turkey that makes Thanksgiving dinner even more rewarding.

Turkey Tetrazzini is a dish ordinarily heavy on pasta, which helps bulk-up the dish and stretch leftover turkey even further. However, we try to limit the amount of grains we eat in lieu of more vegetables, so this recipe includes an assortment of vegetables to create a healthier alternative to traditional Tetrazzini. Of course, the luxurious mushroom cream sauce is an essential element to bring it all together. Though I don’t think you will miss the pasta, if you really must have it, scatter a few pieces on top as a garnish rather than having a post-Thanksgiving carb load.

Broccoli, cauliflower, and zucchini boost the nutritional value of this dish, while the tender turkey and creamy sauce accented with mushrooms and fresh thyme, make it especially satisfying.

Inspired by Emeril’s Turkey Tetrazzini

Turkey-Vegetable Tetrazzini
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup broccoli -- cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 cup cauliflower -- cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 cup zucchini -- sliced into ¼" thick rounds and halved
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 small sweet yellow onion -- chopped fine
  • 2 cloves garlic -- minced
  • ½ large red pepper -- sliced ¼-inch thick
  • 2 cups button mushroom -- cleaned and sliced
  • 2 tablespoons flour or sweet rice flour for GF
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves -- or ½ tsp dried thyme
  • ¼ teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ cup white wine
  • 1½ cups chicken stock
  • 1¼ cups heavy cream
  • 3-4 cups cooked turkey -- cubed or coarsely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley -- chopped
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese + more for garnish -- freshly grated
  • 8 ounces pasta (optional) -- penne, ziti, or fusilli -- substitute gluten-free pasta here
  1. Saute cauliflower, broccoli, and zucchini in olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat, season with salt and pepper, and cook until vegetables are just fork tender and lightly browned in spots. Remove from skillet and reserve on a platter.
  2. In the same skillet, add butter and cook onions over medium heat until onions begin to brown at the edges, about 8-10 minutes. Add mushrooms, pepper, and garlic to the onions and cook until mushrooms are soft and have released their liquid.
  3. Sprinkle mushroom, onion, and pepper mixture with flour, paprika, thyme, salt, and pepper; stir to incorporate and cook for 2 minutes. Add the wine and chicken stock to the skillet and cook over medium heat, stirring to loosen any browned bits, until thickened, 2-3 minutes.
  4. Add cream to the skillet and bring to a low boil, reduce heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes, or until sauce is thickened and coats the back of a spoon.
  5. Add turkey, parsley, Parmesan cheese, and reserved vegetables into the mushrrom sauce and stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  6. Serve just as it is, or add a small small sprinkling of pasta or egg noodles as a garnish with additional Parmesan cheese.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: Serves 6

Turkey-Vegetable Tetrazzini with Pasta “Garnish”

Looking for more recipes for leftover turkey?

Inside Out Turkey Pot Pie
Turkey Pot Pie with Gluten-Free Crust
Emeril’s Turkey Club Casserole

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13 Responses to Turkey-Vegetable Tetrazzini: Healthier, Gluten-Free Recipe

  1. kitchenriffs November 26, 2012 at 3:16 pm #

    Turkey Tetrazzini is a really popular way to use leftover turkey, but for some reason I’ve never actually made it! I guess I’ve always found other uses for my leftovers. But I do want to make it sometime, and I really like your veggie-heavy version. Looks terrific! Thanks so much.
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    • Judy November 28, 2012 at 6:24 am #

      You are right, it is really popular and we rarely had enough leftover turkey beyond the sandwich making to give it a whirl until last year, when I made this dish. It was a nice follow-up to the sandwiches, for sure. :)

  2. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef November 26, 2012 at 6:12 pm #

    This post makes me laugh. The other day David Lebovitz was opining about Thanksgiving leftovers and said there was only one that mattered, turkey tetrazzini. After looking at your photo, I coudln’t agree more!
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    • Judy November 28, 2012 at 6:25 am #

      Hi Maureen, it is quite good and a nice change from turkey pot pie or soup. :)

  3. mjskit November 26, 2012 at 9:25 pm #

    What a great turkey leftover dish! Yours look delicious!
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    • Judy November 28, 2012 at 6:25 am #

      Thanks MJ, you are so kind!

  4. Alea Milham November 26, 2012 at 11:11 pm #

    Your tetrazzini looks amazing! I love that you added so many veggies to the dish.
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    • Judy November 28, 2012 at 6:27 am #

      Thanks Alea, it is a nice transition back to less carbs after Thanksgiving. :)

  5. Raymund November 27, 2012 at 10:44 pm #

    This is really nice and healthy, I love all the vegetables there. I feel its like a Filipino Chopsuey http://angsarap.net/2010/10/03/chopseuy/ in cream sauce
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  6. Judy November 28, 2012 at 6:30 am #

    Raymund, my mom tried to make chopsuey when I was growing up and bless her heart, it just wasn’t that good … yours looks much better, but that isn’t surprising! :)

  7. Jed Gray (sportsglutton) November 28, 2012 at 12:09 pm #

    My leftovers went into stock and soup this year, but it’s great to have another tasty alternative for next year. Thanks Judy!!
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  8. LittleOwlCrunchyMomma November 30, 2012 at 4:40 pm #

    This sounds amazing. Pinning so I don’t lose it!

    I would be thrilled if you would share at Simple Meals Friday. Every week we have featured posts.


  9. April @ The 21st Century Housewife December 9, 2013 at 8:17 am #

    Love all the delicious veggies in your Turkey Tetrazzini, Judy! It looks really refreshing and delicious. We have turkey for our Christmas dinner in England so I’ll save this recipe for future reference :-) Pinned and shared!
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