If you have lots of turkey leftover and you are looking for a quick, easy and family friendly way to use it then why not give this Turkey Pasta a try? Spaghetti in a creamy cheesy sauce with chunks of leftover turkey and some greens thrown in too. All ready in under 15 minutes.
We always say we won’t have loads of leftover turkey, and then we end up with more than we know what to do with! For a quick and easy leftover turkey recipe that we know the kids will enjoy, we make this turkey pasta recipe. It’s hearty and comforting, easily adaptable and doesn’t need a lot of turkey, so it’s good if you only have a little bit leftover.
A full ingredients list with measurements is in the recipe card below.
One: Cook the pasta according to the packet instructions, usually 10-12 minutes.
Two: Heat the oil in a large pan and cook the leeks, mushrooms and garlic until softened, about 5 minutes.
Three: Add the turkey and Parmesan.
Four: Add the spinach, pasta water, creme fraiche, mustard, salt and pepper. Continue heating, stirring regularly, until the spinach has wilted, about 2-3 minutes.
Five: Once cooked, serve the topping on top of the drained pasta.
There is no need to spend ages making a creamy pasta sauce, as you can make an incredible one with some creme fraiche (or even cream cheese), Parmesan and starchy pasta water.
Adding starchy pasta water (just 75-100ml is enough) to a fat like creme fraiche will create an emulsion and this gives a really silky smooth sauce and helps it cling to the pasta. Make sure you scoop out the water just before draining, as this ensures that it is nice and starchy.
You could also use single cream if you had some leftover from Christmas.
If you want to add a big side of vegetables, then we recommend our Roasted Tenderstem Broccoli, Garlic Green Beans, Air Fryer Carrots, or Roasted Lemon Asparagus.
Yes, it’s an easy way to make the sauce really silky smooth, with no extra effort.
If you use your favourite gluten free pasta and make sure that there is no cross contamination, then this is a delicious gluten free meal.
You can easily double this recipe and it doesn’t change the cooking time. Just make sure that you have a big enough frying pan to hold double the ingredients.
Since the turkey has already been reheated to make this recipe, we don’t recommend storing leftovers and reheating it again.
• To make this even quicker, use some fresh tagliatelle which is ready in a few minutes.
• Don’t forget to reserve some of the pasta water. You really don’t want to skip this step, as it makes the sauce so silky.
• If you like your food spicy, then add a sprinkle of red chilli flakes on top before serving.
• Add a splash of olive oil to the pan before serving for an extra boost of flavour.
• Serve with extra Parmesan and cracked black pepper if you like.
• Why not make a leftover turkey pasta bake. Follow the recipe and then put everything in a baking dish, top with cheese and bake in the oven for 20 minutes.
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