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Cajun Turkey Tetrazzini

Cajun Turkey Tetrazzini

Transform those Thanksgiving leftovers into a hearty pasta recipe with a little creole flair and make Cajun Turkey Tetrazzini!
Course Main
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 8
Author Heather H. of Kitchen Concoctions: www.kitchen-concoctions.com

Ingredients

  • 1 16-ounce package La Moderna Spaghetti
  • 1 ½ tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 12-ounce package andouille sausage
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter
  • 1 large yellow onion diced
  • 1 large green bell pepper stemmed, seeded and diced
  • 1 8-ounce package white button mushrooms, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • ¼ cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups turkey or chicken broth
  • 1 ½ cups whole milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream or half and half
  • 1 ½ tablespoons Cajun seasoning
  • 1 ½ cup Parmesan cheese
  • ½ teaspoon each kosher salt and black pepper
  • 1 ½ cups frozen petite peas thawed
  • 2 cups shredded turkey
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a baking dish with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add spaghetti, and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente. Drain, reserving ½ cup pasta water. Toss cooked pasta with 1 tablespoon olive oil and set aside.
  3. Meanwhile, heat remaining ½ tablespoon oil in a large sauce pan over medium high heat. Add andouille sausage and cook until crispy, about 6-8 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the sausage to a paper towel lined plate and set aside.
  4. Add butter to the remaining oil in saucepan. Once butter is melted, add onions and cook for 5-7 minutes or until translucent. Add bell peppers and cook for 3-4 minutes or until soften. Add mushrooms and garlic and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  5. Stir in flour. Cook stirring constantly for 2-3 minutes. Stir in turkey broth. Cook, stirring occasionally, until mixture comes to a boil.
  6. Reduce heat to medium low and stir in milk, cream, 1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning, 1 cup Parmesan cheese, reserved pasta water, salt and black pepper.
  7. Continue stirring until sauce has thickened slightly. Once sauce has thickened, stir in peas, shredded turkey and pasta. Toss to combine. Pour pasta mixture into prepared baking dish.
  8. In a small bowl, stir together remaining Parmesan cheese and Panko bread crumbs, Sprinkle bread crumbs over pasta in baking dish. Top bread crumbs with remaining Cajun seasoning.
  9. Bake pasta in preheated 350 degrees F oven for 20-25 minutes or until bubbly and heated through.