So the snow started falling, the temperature was dropping, and the last thing we wanted to do was to leave the comfort of the warm parsonage. With leftover baked turkey in the fridge (seems like we always have leftover turkey this time of year…) I pre-heated the oven with the goal of making a decision on what to cook by the time the oven signaled it was at temp. Here’s what I did:
Divine Turkey Fettuccine
8 oz. Fettuccine noodles
dash of salt
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
1 can Campbell’s Cream of Chicken and Mushroom Soup *
8 oz. frozen broccoli florets, chopped
1 tablespoon minced garlic
4 cups baked turkey, chopped or shredded
2 tablespoons poultry seasoning
8 oz. Colby Jack cheese, shredded
* I always use Campbell’s brand soup. I am not compensated by them in any way; I just like their soup!
Pre-Heat oven to 350 degrees.
Cook the noodles according to the directions on the box. I add a dash of salt and a teaspoon of vegetable oil to the water before heating. The salt helps “tenderize” the noodles and the oil helps in keeping pasta “foam” from rising too much.
In a medium sauce pan, heat the cream of chicken soup. Don’t forget to add that can of water if the directions on the can call for it!
While the noodles and the soup are cooking, get a large bowl, cutting board and a sharp chef’s knife. If you don’t have a “chef’s knife,” any large knife capable of safely chopping vegetables will do. Just make sure it is sharp. No need for an unexpected trip to the hospital…
Take the frozen broccoli florets out of the package and place them on the cutting board. Using your chef’s knife, carefully chop the florets into small bits. You could thaw the broccoli first, but it’s easier to chop them up when they are still frozen. Put the chopped broccoli into the large bowl.
To the broccoli, add the minced garlic. Stir it in well – this way much of the garlic gets trapped in the little broccoli buds as the florets thaw. Mmmm, tasty!
Now take your leftover turkey, placing it on the cutting board of coarse, and chop or shred it into small, tasty morsels.
Season the chopped turkey with the poultry seasoning. You can add salt and/or pepper if you like. Never hurts. Add the chopped and seasoned turkey to the broccoli. Mix with your wooden spoon! (Why “wooden” spoon? – because Chef Rudolf always insisted on using a wooden spoon – for everything!)
Now the good part…
Add the shredded Colby Jack cheese to the broccoli – turkey mixture. Like the old commercial says: “Behold,the power of cheese!”
By now, your noodles should be done cooking. If you haven’t already done so, drain the water.
Using your favorite cooking spray, grease up a large casserole dish or 11×13 glass baking dish.
– Put the noodles in the baking dish.
– Spoon the turkey/broccoli/cheese mixture evenly over the noodles. Mix it into the noodles a bit if you want. It’s up to you.
– Pour the hot soup on top. It will seep down into the nooks and crannies, making for a fabulous, creamy texture!
Bake in the oven for 20 minutes. Uncovered.
At that point, check the top. If it’s starting to look too brown from the cheese cooking, cover loosely with aluminum foil.
Continue baking for ten more minutes.
When the timer dings, you will have a great meal ready to warm you up on a cold evening!