Recipes That Serve – Turkey Tetrazzini
|March 6, 2011||Filled under Casserole, Food Gifts, Main Dish, Make Ahead, Party, Pasta|
Here is another great recipe for serving our friends, family and co-workers in difficult times. I have a family member who recently lost her father. To organize final arrangements she had to travel several states away. The past week has certainly been a tough one for her. Having lost my own father last year, I understand the emotional and physical drain of her loss. She will be arriving home tonight and this casserole will be waiting for her in the fridge, along with a Lemon Buttermilk Pie. Though it will take some time to heal the heart, my hope is a warm casserole can kick-start that healing.
Though I have made versions of this recipe before, this is the first time with this combination of ingredients. Having tasted a little last night, this is a keeper. It has a savory, rich flavor. This recipe freezes well, up to 3 months, or can be made ahead and stored in fridge up to 3 days. In addition to being a great food gift, this can also be used for a dinner party or potluck as it is large and hearty. This recipe yeilds 2 casseroles. Despite it’s fancy name, this dish is really quite simple to prepare.
- 1lb package thin spaghetti noodles, cooked & drained
- 1/2 lb sliced fresh mushrooms
- 1 small onion, finely chopped
- 1/2 tsp minced garlic
- 2 tbs olive oil
- 3 cans cream of mushroom soup
- 3.5 cups cooked turkey, cubed
- 1.5 cups chicken broth
- 1 tsp basil
- 1 tsp thyme
- freshly ground black pepper to taste
- 1.5 cups grated parm cheese, divided
Putting It All Together:
- Heat olive oil in large skillet over medium heat
- Saute mushrooms, onions & garlic until tender and onions are clear
- Add soups, turkey, broth, basil, thyme, pepper and 1 cup cheese
- Stir and cook over medium heat until cheese is melted
- Put cooked spaghetti in a large mixing bowl
- Pour turkey mixture over spaghetti and stir to mix well
- Divide mixture into two 8 inch baking dishes and sprinkle remaining cheese on top**
- Cover casserole and bake at 350 for 40 minutes
- Uncover and bake 5 more minutes
**Make Ahead Freezing: After completing step 7, cover casserole tightly for freezing. When ready to cook, remove from freezer and thaw in refrigerator overnight. Remove from fridge and allow to come to room temperature before cooking. Proceed with steps 8 & 9.
**Make Ahead Refrigerator : After completing step 7, cover tightly with tin foil. Store in fridge for up to 3 days. Remove from fridge and allow to come to room temperature before cooking. Proceed with steps 8 & 9. ( I write the instructions directly on the tin foil for the recipient – see picture above.)
The basil I used really gave a wonderful flavor to this recipe. Got it from a Kris at Herbitage where ingredients are organic, pesticide and herbicide-free, home grown and hand-gathered. Check it out!! Great gifts too.
Enjoy! Or pass along to another to enjoy!
“As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace” -1Peter 4:10by