Turkey Tetrazzini

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What a great use for leftover turkey or chicken! This rich, satisfying dish was apparently named after Italian diva Luisa Tetrazzini, a coloratura who was a favorite of American opera-goers just prior to World War I. Its provenance is a little hazy, but variations on this recipe have been appearing in print for over 50 years.

This recipe is a great candidate for baking in your Zojirushi bread machine. But if you don't have a bread machine, fear not; see the tip below for baking in your regular oven.

Turkey Tetrazzini

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Published: 04/11/2011



  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 4 cups sliced mushrooms
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 3/4 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup heavy or whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons dry sherry
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black or white pepper
  • 1/2 cup (packed) freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 8 ounces spaghetti, broken in half, then in half again, cooked
  • 2 to 3 cups diced cooked turkey or chicken


  • 2 cups soft, fresh bread crumbs*
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1/3 cup, packed, freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • *Substitute 2 cups (about 4 1/4 ounces, about 120g) Panko bread crumbs, if desired

Tips from our bakers

  • Don't have any leftover turkey or chicken? Simply cook about 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs. Place them in a saucepan, cover with water, bring to a boil, and simmer gently for 5 minutes. Turn off the heat, and cover the pan. Allow them to poach gently in the water for 1 hour. Drain off the water (keep it to make stock, if you wish), and shred or dice the meat.
  • To bake in a regular casserole dish, prepare ingredients as directed. Mix all of the casserole ingredients together, and place in a lightly greased 2-quart baker. Sprinkle with the topping, and bake in a preheated 350°F oven for about 45 minutes, or until brown and bubbly around the edges.


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1) Remove the paddles from the bread machine bucket. Lightly grease the inside with non-stick vegetable oil spray. Program the machine for bake, 45 minutes; add the keep warm option, if desired.

2) In a frying pan set over medium heat, melt the butter and sauté the mushrooms until they've given up their liquid, and the liquid has evaporated.

3) Stir in the flour, then the broth, cooking until the mixture thickens.

4) Stir in the cream, sherry, salt, pepper, and Parmesan.

5) Place one-third of the cooked spaghetti; half the meat; and one-third of the mushroom sauce (about 1 cup) in the bread machine bucket.

6) Repeat once more, in the same order; the sauce should end up on top.

7) Combine the bread crumbs, butter, and cheese, and sprinkle on the top.

8) Press Start.

9) When the machine has completed its cycle, remove the bucket and transfer the casserole to a serving dish, or simply serve it right from the bucket.

Yield: about 6 cups, 6 to 8 servings.


  • star rating 12/06/2012
  • Karen from Oneonta, AL
  • This recipe is wonderful! I used the panko bread crumbs, and it turned out perfect. (I used the casserole dish method.) Using fresh mushrooms and fresh Parm makes a big difference in this recipe.
  • star rating 12/01/2011
  • natetowne from KAF Community
  • It was pretty good, I'll admit. Not five stars but certainly worth a go if you still have leftover turkey. (Make sure that turkey is still fresh!)
  • star rating 11/29/2011
  • Dmarie from Portsmouth, NH
  • Made this with our leftover Thanksgiving turkey, and sauteed a chopped shallot with the mushrooms, which gave it a nice flavor. Baked in a 9x13 glass casserole, it was really tasty! The dry sherry is really key to a good flavor, too.
  • star rating 11/28/2011
  • alshall0 from KAF Community
  • I baked this in a casserole and like the other reviewer, found it a bit dry. I would increase the amount of mushrooms and sauce by about half next time. Prep is easy, the flavor was ok, and the family enjoyed the dish. A good use for leftover turkey.
    We try to appeal to all taste and texture preferences - thanks for sharing your preferences and suggestions here! Happy Baking - Irene @ KAF
  • star rating 11/27/2011
  • ethnicitykt from KAF Community
  • I made this last night, and it was a hit with the picky family. :D I did not do it in the bread machine, so I tossed everything together and put it in the oven. It was really good. I added some garlic and some onion for a little extra flavor. In the future, I would make a tad bit more sauce (it could be that I added too much spaghetti), but will definitely be making it again.

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