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It is that time where turkey leftovers are getting boring.  I mean, how many sandwiches can one person eat?  Luckily this year I didn’t have a lot of turkey leftover so this one dish used up what I had.  With the weather cold here, and the need for some good comfort food, I decided to make Turkey Tetrazzini.  There are two ways you can make it, the easy way using canned mushroom soup, or the original way making your own sauce and adding your own seasonings. I chose the later, and it was everything I expected it to be.

Turkey Tetrazzini

4 cups sliced mushrooms
5 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup flour
1 3/4 cup milk
2 cups chicken broth
1/4 cup dry white wine
1 bay leaf
1/4 tsp nutmeg
10 ounces spaghetti
3 cups chopped turkey
1 cup cooked peas
2/3 cups freshly grated Parmesan
1/3 cup fine fresh bread crumbs

In a large saucepan, cook the mushrooms in 4 tablespoons of butter over medium heat. You want to cook them just long enough that the water from the mushrooms is mostly evaporated, takes about a minute or two.

Stir in 1/4 cup flour and cook over low heat for about three minutes.

Add milk, broth, and the wine, stirring and bringing it to a boil. Simmer the sauce for 5 minutes. At this point throw in the bay leaf, and nutmeg.

While sauce is simmering, cook spaghetti in a large pot of salted water. Make sure it is al dente.

In a large bowl, or in spaghetti pot, mix the mushroom sauce, the turkey, peas, and salt and pepper to taste.

Stir in 1/3 cup Parmesan, and transfer to a buttered shallow casserole dish.

In a small bowl combine the remaining 1/3 cup Parmesan and bread crumbs. Sprinkle the mixture over the Tetrazzini and dot with the remaining 1 tablespoon of butter.

Bake the Tetrazzini at 375 degrees for 30-40 minutes or until it is bubbling and browned.

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About heylaydee

An average cook, an enthusiasm for experimenting and trying new things, is the reason for this blog. That and I found myself in the “empty nest” syndrome and needed an outlet. So I picked up the camera that was collecting dust, got out the pile of recipes, contacted friends and family for their favorites and starting cooking again. What could be better than a glass of wine, a hot stove, and creativity? Come along for the ride. I will be blogging about food, family, and anything else that inspires me.

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