We all know the traditional things to make with those Thanksgiving Leftovers, but a few years ago I was searching for something aside from the traditional soup or turkey tetrazzini I can't remember where I found this recipe now, and as odd as it sounds it tastes oh so good. A perfect blend of all the great things found in that Holiday Dinner melded with one of my favourite foods, pasta!
1 box jumbo pasta shells
2 cups cubed turkey
1.5 cups leftover stuffing
1-4 ounce package cream cheese
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
1/3 cup mayonaisse
4 cups mozzarella shredded cheese
1.5 cups leftover gravy
1. Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9x13 inch baking dish.
2. Fill a large pot with water and bring to a boil over high heat. Once the water is boiling, stir in the shell pasta, and cook the pasta uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the pasta has cooked through, but is still firm to the bite, about 13 minutes. Drain well in a colander set in the sink.
3. Chop the turkey up finely and combine with stuffing. Put the turkey and stuffing mixture in the bowl of a stand mixer along with the cream cheese, Parmesan cheese, mayonnaise, and 2 cups of the mozzarella. Mix with paddle attachment on medium-low until well blended.
4. Spread 1/2 cup of gravy on the bottom of the prepared dish. Stuff the pre-cooked pasta shells with the turkey mixture and place in the dish in tight rows. Top with the remaining gravy and the remaining 2 cups of mozzarella cheese.
5. Bake, covered, for 45 minutes. Uncover and cook for an additional 10 minutes until top is browned and bubbly. Allow to cool for 5 minutes before serving.
I don't have a recent picture as I must admit it has been a while since I made this so this is a good reminder for that next Holiday Dinner. Plus we went and visited family for Thanksgiving so didn't have leftovers. And good friends of ours invited us over for American Thanksgiving so again no leftovers.