Creamy Barbecue Turkey Pasta Lets Leftover Turkey Shine

[ 15 ] December 3, 2012 |

When the fabulous #SundaySupper crew shared all their delicious ideas for Thanksgiving leftovers I was completely inspired. Not only did I make my first turkey ever, I planned ahead to ensure I had enough leftovers to get a little creative myself.

My family loves the actual turkey day meal of all the fun sides, so of course the first meal of leftovers was just that…a repeat of the original meal.  For the second meal I created this smoky, Creamy Barbecue Turkey Pasta.

Barbecue sauce is used like ketchup in my house.  We eat it on everything. I love the smoky sweet flavors of my favorite brand, but I wasn’t sure how I could make it into a creamy sauce.  I began searching out a few recipes online.  I knew I could make a heavy cream sauce, but this is a leftover dish, I wanted easy convenience.  I found a recipe using sour cream and decided to give it a whirl.

3 Cups diced cooked turkey
16 oz cooked rotini pasta
1 Cup sour cream
1 1/2 Cups of your favorite barbecue sauce
2 Cups of shredded Monterey Jack cheese
1 Can of corn or 12 oz pkg steam in bag

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F
2. In large pot, cook pasta according to package directions
3. In large mixing cup/bowl combine sour cream and barbecue sauce. Mix thoroughly.
5. Drain cooked pasta and return to warm pot
6. Mix pasta with sour cream and barbecue sauce mixture, add corn, diced turkey and shredded cheese
7. Pour Mixture into 9×13 baking dish and place in oven
8. Bake 20-30 minutes until heated through
9. Remove from oven and let stand 5-10 minutes before serving

Hindsight being 20/20, I probably would have served the pasta mixture right out of the pasta pot. It was a wonderfully creamy, cheesy texture and would have worked fine going right into bowls for serving. However, since I planned dinner based on the included casserole baking time, I loaded it up into the baking dish and popped it into the oven.

Optimal baking time in my oven would have been about 20 minutes, just long enough to melt the cheesy goodness on top. My casserole was in longer than I planned and it ended up drier than I would have preferred. It was a quick fix by adding a little extra barbecue sauce on top, but it did lose some of it’s original creaminess. Next time I will make sure to remove it from the oven on time.

Overall the dish was exactly what I pictured in my mind for a simple way to use up turkey leftovers with a barbecue twist. I will definitely be trying this dish again in the future with chicken.

What’s your favorite recipe to use leftover turkey?

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Happily married with two children, Karen does not hesitate to rebuff her family’s hungry advances at mealtime, while she styles and photographs their dinner to share on Instagram before serving them. In The Kitchen With KP is full of family friendly adventures around Atlanta (and beyond), plus simple recipes everyone can feel comfortable trying. In fact, her whole family participates in the cooking/baking fun on a regular basis.

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  1. Elena says:

    Looks yummy! What a great way to use turkey leftovers

  2. Summer Davis says:

    My husband is going to FLIP when I show him this recipe. He is cuckoo for ANYTHING with BBQ sauce on it. He tells this awesome story about how when he was in middle school his class submitted a recipe to the Olive Garden for some contest. SUPPOSEDLY they won the contest but didn’t turn some paperwork in properly, therefore defaulted. I keep telling him that means that they did NOT win, but he insists they did. All that to say, you should submit this for a recipe contest. You might win, just make sure you submit the paperwork correctly ;)
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  3. rebeka deleon says:

    we didn’t really have much leftover after every ate and than the next day. i love making turkey sandwiches with the leftovers!

  4. Rachel says:

    This look absolutely delicious!! I would have never thought to use turkey leftovers for a baked pasta dish. Thanks for sharing this recipe :)
    Also, congratulations on making your first turkey! Very demanding but completely worth it! :)

  5. Debra Givens Wagner says:

    This looks so yummy, cant wait to make it!

  6. Megan says:

    The title of “Creamy Barbecue” didn’t sound appealing – but looking at the ingredients and the finished product, that actually does sound pretty tasty!

  7. samantha says:

    I wish I had seen this sooner. Would’ve made this instead of turkey soup! Looks delicious.

  8. Diana Heiner says:

    Thanks for the recipe….Time to go unthaw the leftover turkey!

  9. Renata Lopes says:

    Loved the recipe looks very delicious

  10. Dawn Justice
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    This looks so tasty I can’t wait to try it with my leftovers.
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  11. Tara A. says:

    You know, I’m just not a big fan of barbecue sauce. Maybe this would be a good recipe to win me over!

  12. Christy Scott says:

    Yum! This looks so good! Will definitely try this with our Christmas turkey leftovers and hopefully my boyfriend will actually help me eat them now :)

  13. Andrea says:

    This looks really good. I think I’ll pin it so I can try to make it soon. Yum!
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  14. Adita says:

    Looks delicious! Thanks for the recipe. I’d love to make it:)

  15. naomi c says:

    this look so yummy! most of our left overs from thanksgiving are reminiscent of the thanksgiving meal- this is totally different!

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