Here's another option for your leftover Thanksgiving turkey (besides sandwiches): Turkey pasta! This creamy pasta recipe features an Alfredo-like sauce dressed up with leftover shredded turkey, crispy bread crumbs, and salty capers.

Anna Kovel



  • In a large skillet heat 1 tablespoon butter over medium. Add half the garlic; cook 30 seconds. Add bread crumbs and a pinch of salt. Cook and stir 2 minutes or until bread crumbs are golden brown and aromatic. Transfer to a small bowl. Wipe out pan. Stir parsley into bread crumbs.

  • Bring a large pot of salted water to boiling. Meanwhile, melt 1 Tbsp. butter in the skillet. Add celery and remaining garlic; cook and stir over medium 5 minutes. Stir in cream; simmer, uncovered, 3 minutes. Add turkey and thyme; cook and stir until heated through.

  • Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain, reserving 1/4 cup cooking liquid. Stir cooking liquid into turkey mixture then toss with pasta. Stir in cheese, capers, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Divide among 4 plates; top each with bread crumbs. Serves 4.

Nutrition Facts

730 calories, (21 g saturated fat, 3 g polyunsaturated fat, 9 g monounsaturated fat), 204 mg cholesterol, 710 mg sodium, 51 g carbohydrates, 3 g fiber, 4 g sugar, 46 g protein.