Leftover Cheesy Turkey Pasta

A white rectangular plate with a fork to theright side displays cheesy mini-bowtie pasta with peas, parsley and leftover turkey.Here’s another quick recipe for you if you’re bored with your leftover turkey already. I’m basing this, once again, off of my bacon-wrapped stuffed turkey breast dinner, but I’ve adjusted the recipe below to assume you’ve just made a regular turkey dinner. Adjust as you wish!

Ingredients

  • 5 packets of chicken Oxxo
  • 1 12oz (340g) bag of mini bow-tie pasta (I used Manischewitz small “Egg Bows”) – use your favourite pasta
  • 3 Tbsp butter or margarine
  • 1 slice of bacon, cut into lardons
  • 1/4 Cup white or yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 3 Tbsp white all purpose flour
  • 2 Cups milk (whatever milk or cream you prefer to use)
  • 2 Cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 Cup parmesan or asiago cheese
  • 1 Cup cooked turkey meat, diced
  • 1/2 Cup leftover stuffing (optional), broken up or diced
  • 1/4 Cup leftover peas
  • finely chopped parsley or green onion (enough to mix into the pasta and then garnish it afterward)

Method

  1. Prepare your pasta according to the package, but also add 3 packets of the chicken Oxxo to the water (I also recommend at least a couple of teaspoons of salt), mixing well. Once cooked ‘al dente’, drain and set aside.
  2. Place the same pot back on the heat and turn it down to a medium heat.
  3. Add the bacon and cook until nearly done. Drain the fat.
  4. Add the butter to the bacon,  as well as the onion.
  5. Sweat the onion for a few minutes.
  6. Once the onion is translucent, add the flour and 2 packets of the Oxxo, then stir constantly, cooking out the flour flavour and creating a roux.
  7. After a few minutes of this, stir in the milk. After a few minutes, this will thicken up and create a thick, tight sauce.
  8. Add in the cheeses and stir some more until you have a nice, creamy cheese mixture.
  9. Add in the turkey, stuffing and peas and stir a moment or two more.
  10. Now add the pasta and stir. You may need to adjust the milk a bit by adding more if it’s too thick.
  11. Stir in some of the parsley or green onion, reserving some for garnish.
  12. Serve once everything has been heated through.

You can also transfer this to a non-stick casserole dish and sprinkle breadcrumbs on top before putting into a 350F oven for about 15-20 minutes or until bubbly and golden brown on top. I couldn’t wait for mine, so I didn’t take the oven route and dove right in. 🙂

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