Vintage Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey Recipe

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Thanksgiving is almost around the corner.

Time to start thinking what to do with the Thanksgiving dinner leftovers.

Smaller turkeys are available in the markets, but appetites seem as big as ever. You might finish the whole turkey on Thanksgiving, but if you’re lucky enough to have some left over, this is a delicious way to use it – maybe for Friday-night supper.

Turkey Tetrazzini Pasta Casserole

Mod and Mint Vintage Recipe: Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey Tetrazzini Casserole

This Turkey Tetrazzini casserole recipe comes from a 1966 Jack and Jill childrens magazine.

It mentions that Luisa Tetrazzini was one of the world’s greatest opera singers. The story is told that a famous chef admired her singing so much that he created Chicken Tetrazzini in her honor.

Since this is a recipe to use up those Thanksgiving meal leftovers, we’re using turkey instead of chicken.

Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey Pasta Casserole Recipe


  • 2 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 3 tablespoons chopped onions
  • 1/3 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 1 1/2 cup diced turkey
  • 1 1/2 cup turkey gravy
  • 2 cups cooked thin spaghetti
  • 1 cup shredded cheese


  1. Melt butter in saucepan, and cook onions and mushrooms over low heat until tender.
  2. Add turkey, spaghetti, and gravy. (If gravy seems thick, thin it with a little milk.)
  3. Heat mixture till it bubbles, stirring frequently.
  4. Turn into a baking dish and top with the cheese.
  5. Place under broiler until cheese is melted.

Happy Thanksgiving!


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