My mom has a HUGE drawer in her kitchen full of recipes that she has saved over the years. Some are from her mom, some are from my dad’s mom, many are recipes that she has cut out of the newspaper or magazines, and some are handwritten from friends. I love that every recipe (especially the handwritten ones!) have a story that goes with them.
My mom usually cooked 1-2 turkeys a year – we would eat it for Sunday dinner and then she would portion it out and freeze the rest for other meals. One of my favorite leftover turkey dinners was Turkey Tetrazzini and when I came across the recipe for it the other day while digging through this recipe drawer, I wanted to make it immediately. I didn’t have any turkey on hand, but I had plenty of chicken, so I used the chicken instead and it still turned out delicious. Save this recipe for your post-Thankgiving turkey or make it immediately with whatever you have available!
dash cayenne pepper (doesn't add heat, but adds flavor - add more or less as desired)
2 (14.5 oz, each) cans chicken broth
1 cup half-and-half (I used fat free)
4 cups cooked shredded chicken (or turkey!)
1 cup fresh mushrooms, sliced
1 (4 oz) jar diced pimentos, drained
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup mozzarella cheese
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Cook linguine as directed on package. While it cooks, melt butter over medium heat in a large saucepan . When the butter is completely melted, stir in the flour, salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper until mixture is smooth. Carefully pour in the broth, stirring as you pour it in. Bring to a boil and cook for 1-2 minutes or until mixture is thickened. Remove saucepan from stovetop and stir in half-and-half.
After pasta is done cooking, drain the water and pour into a large bowl . Add the chicken, mushrooms, pimentos, and parsley. Pour sauce on top and mix until everything is covered in sauce.
Spray a 9x13 pan with non-stick cooking spray. Pour noodle and sauce mixture into the pan. Top with Parmesan cheese and mozzarella cheese. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove foil and bake for another 20 minutes.
Remove from oven and let cool for at least 10 minutes, serve.