Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Turkey Tetrazzini

Great weeknight meal!

Tuesday Menu – Turkey Tetrazzini
Local Food – Carrots, Peas

Turkey Tetrazzini
original recipe from EveryDay with Rachael Ray

Printable Version

8 oz. cut spaghetti (I use Barilla)
3 T olive oil, divided
1 pound ground turkey
1 t poultry seasoning, divided
salt and pepper
½ cup frozen peas
½ cup diced carrots
6 T butter, divided
8 oz. sliced mushrooms
½ T dried thyme
3 T flour
2 cups milk
1 cup chicken broth
1 cup grated parmesan cheese, divided
½ cup bread crumbs

Boil pasta water and cook cut spaghetti for 5-6 minutes, aim for 1 minute shy of cooking the pasta al dente.  Drain and set aside.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Grease a 9x13 baking dish and set aside.

In a skillet heat 1 T of oil and 1 T of butter over medium heat.  Add ground turkey, salt and pepper to taste and ½ t of poultry seasoning.  Cook, breaking up with a wooden spoon throughout.  Transfer to the baking dish.

In a small saucepan bring 2 cups of water to a boil, add fresh diced carrots and boil for 3-4 minutes.  Drain and add to turkey mixture with frozen peas. 

In that same skillet add 2 T of butter.  Add mushroom and thyme.  Cook until the mushrooms start to soften, 3 minutes.  Transfer to the baking dish and stir with the turkey.

Add the remaining 3 T of butter to the skillet.  When melted add the flour and whisk, cook 1 minute.  Whisk in the milk and broth, simmer until thickened, 2-3 minutes.  Stir in the parmesan cheese.  Add sauce to the turkey mixture and stir to combine.

Mix the remaining ½ cup parmesan with bread crumbs and remaining 2 T of oil.  Sprinkle this mixture on top of the casserole.  Bake tetrazzini until top is golden-brown and sauce is bubbling, 12-15 minutes. 

Check out the original recipe for freezing tips.

Can I just say sometimes my kids drive me crazy?!?  I started dinner by giving them each a small sample of the tetrazzini.  I explained that it’s things they like – turkey, noodles, peas, carrots, and cheese.  They each took a small bite and said no thank you.  They told me they don’t like flavor!  What does that mean?  So we were back to piece meals.  They each ate some pasta with cheese, some peas, and some turkey – all separate and not touching each other.  ARRRRGGGGHHHH!

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