Why do I always think I need more food at Thanksgiving? Got leftovers like me? Try Thanksgiving Leftovers Turkey Tetrazzini with Crunchy Honey Dijon Topping.

Turkey Tetrazzini in a large pot

This post is sponsored by Kettle Brand 

Holy leftover turkey. What in the world are you all doing with all of your leftovers this Thanksgiving? We’ve got a few recipes that are our go-to, but this Thanksgiving Leftovers Turkey Tetrazzini with Crunch Honey Dijon Topping just took the cake.

Or the turkey.

I don’t know how to say that, but either way here’s why we love this Turkey Tetrazzini recipe.

Thanksgiving Leftovers

There are the same things left over every Thanksgiving at my house.

  • Turkey
  • Veggies
  • Cream
  • Butter
  • Cheese
  • Garlic
  • Chips from snacking and football

Now some of those things aren’t that big of a deal, but I love to use things up versus wasting so what better way to use it all than a creamy, cheesy Turkey Tetrazzini?!

Turkey Tetrazzini in a large pot

Thanksgiving Leftovers Turkey Tetrazzini with Crunchy Honey Dijon Topping

We always have enough leftover turkey that we bust out the Ultimate Leftover Turkey Club for next day sandwiches, freeze some of the meat for dinner in a hurry using our Food Saver, but then there’s still turkey left.

When you’re looking for what to make that’s not just plain turkey as that can get boring, trying using leftovers in a totally new recipe like Turkey Tetrazzini.

But here’s the secret, you know how you had those Kettle Brand chips for everyone to snack on while dinner is cooking and football is blaring? Sneak some of the Honey Dijon flavor, or any that you love, but I’m telling you, there’s something about that honey mustard flavor with the creamy turkey, and set them aside.

Kettle Brand chips are the ultimate crunchy chip. You chip lovers know what I’m talking about, chips aren’t at all just about the flavor, you want that crazy crunch thing going on and not all chips are created equally.

kettle brand chips

Kettle Brand Chips

This holiday season, be totally ready for every drop-in guest, late night munchies while you chat with loved ones and of course, holiday meals. Keeping Kettle Brand potato chips around isn’t just smart for snacking and playing games with family and friends, it’s actually a great way to finish off a holiday meal.

Take this Turkey Tetrazzini for example. As I was finishing off the recipe I felt like it needed a little crunch on top, much like a perfect macaroni and cheese with a breading. I remembered that we had these Honey Dijon chips in our storage room so on a whim I ran down, grabbed the bag and crushed them up.

Dear sweet mercy, it was perfection!!

Kettle Brand potato chips are non-GMO, totally packed full of flavor and I hear that they are literally an obsession among some of our neighbors and friends.

Ohhh, maybe you could give a bag and a note that says, “You’re all that and a bag of CHIPS!” for neighbor gifts!

I’m kind of feeling like a genius now.

kettle brand honey dijon chips

Turkey Tetrazzini

  • What is Turkey Tetrazzini?

Alright, I’ve said the word Tetrazzini 500 times already, but I haven’t mentioned what Turkey Tetrazzini is.

Check it out! Tetrazzini is an American made dish with diced poultry (yes you could use chicken as well) and mushroom in a butter/cream and parmesan sauce. It is served hot over linguine, spaghetti, or some similarly thin pasta, garnished with parsley.

Can Turkey Tetrazzini Be Frozen?

Because turkey tetrazzini is a cream-based sauce and full of pasta it’s best to never freeze it. Your sauce will separate and the pasta will continue to bloat and take on the liquid. This will make for a mushy pasta which no one wants.

Turkey Tetrazzini in a large pot

What to Serve with Turkey Tetrazzini

Pasta is always tricky isn’t it. You feel like you have to serve only a salad with pasta dishes, but if you’re smart about it, you can actually ditch the side dish completely.

If you add some extra veggies into your Turkey Tetrazzini I see no need to even worry about sides. I mean, carbs, protein and veggies are covered.

Heck, you could even say you’ve got dairy as well!

Alright, but I get it, you are like me and one dish sometimes feels like you at least need a salad. Here are a few ideas.

Turkey Tetrazzini in a large pot

The holidays don’t have to be crazy and fully of stress. There’s small and simple ways to make the most out of your time together. We are really, really big fans of including food in that.

When someone you love smells or tastes something you’ve made for them or rip open a bag of their new favorite chips (hello Kettle Brand Honey Dijon!!) they’ll think of you! And isn’t that exactly what we want to happen?

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Turkey Tetrazzini with Crunchy Honey Dijon Topping

5 from 1 vote
Servings: 8
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes


Why do I always think I need more food at Thanksgiving? Got leftovers like me? Try Thanksgiving Leftovers Turkey Tetrazzini with Crunchy Honey Dijon Topping.


  • 12 oz Spaghetti, thin, or linguine
  • 4 Cups Turkey, cooked and shredded
  • Olive Oil
  • 1 Cup Button Mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 Garlic Cloves, minced
  • 4 Tablespoons Butter
  • 1/3 Cup Flour
  • 2 1/2 Cups Chicken Broth, low sodium
  • 1 teaspoons Kosher Salt
  • Dash of Pepper
  • 1 Cup Heavy Cream
  • 1/2 Cup Milk * any percentage is fine
  • 12 oz Peas, frozen
  • 1/4 Cup Parsley, fresh, chopped
  • 1 Cups Mozzarella Cheese, shredded
  • 1/3 Cup Parmesan Cheese, shredded
  • 1 Cup Crushed Kettle Brand Honey Dijon Chips


  • Preheat the oven to 350˚F.
  • Cook the pasta in a large pot of salted water until al dente, following package instructions.
    12 oz Spaghetti
  • Chop 4 cups of turkey meat, shredding a bit as you chop. Set aside.
    4 Cups Turkey
  • Place a large dutch oven or pot over medium/high heat and add a drizzle of oil then add sliced mushrooms and sauté 3 min or until softened.
    1 Cup Button Mushrooms, Olive Oil
  • Add minced garlic and sauté for 1-2 min until fragrant.
    2 Garlic Cloves
  • Into the pot, melt the butter and once melted, whisk in 1/3 cup flour until lightly golden and slightly nutty in aroma.
    4 Tablespoons Butter, 1/3 Cup Flour
  • Add the chicken broth, 1 teaspoon Kosher salt, a dash of pepper and whisk until smooth.
    2 1/2 Cups Chicken Broth, 1 teaspoons Kosher Salt, Dash of Pepper
  • Add the cream and milk and bring to a simmer to thicken.
    1 Cup Heavy Cream, 1/2 Cup Milk * any percentage is fine
  • Season sauce with more salt and pepper to taste.
  • Place the turkey and pasta into the pot then sprinkle in 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley, peas, shredded mozzarella cheese and parmesan cheese and stir to combine.
    12 oz Peas, 1/4 Cup Parsley, 1 Cups Mozzarella Cheese, 1/3 Cup Parmesan Cheese
  • Cover and bake at 350˚F for 30 min then remove lid, sprinkle with crushed Kettle Brand Honey Dijon Chips and continue baking 10 min.
    1 Cup Crushed Kettle Brand Honey Dijon Chips
  • Serve immediately.


To reheat turkey tetrazzini, cover with foil and heat in 300 degree oven toll warm.


Serving: 1bowlCalories: 729kcalCarbohydrates: 54gProtein: 45gFat: 37gSaturated Fat: 18gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gMonounsaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 169mgSodium: 1075mgPotassium: 830mgFiber: 4gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 1421IUVitamin C: 27mgCalcium: 283mgIron: 3mg
Author: Sweet Basil
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Turkey Tetrazzini in a large pot