Turkey Tetrazzini for a Crowd

I made this turkey tetrazzini for the retired folks at my church. We were having an amazing speaker so we had a nice crowd of close to 60. Turkey Tetrazzini worked well for a large crowd and for the confined space I had to serve in. I adapted this recipe from a couple of different ones but the predominant recipe was from The Pioneer Woman (Rhee Drummond).

Turkey Tetrazzini for a crowd

Difficulty: Medium due to large quantity

Time: If doing the pasta like I did the night before in smaller batches then about 6-7 hours.

Ingredients for 75:

8lbs spaghetti
20T butter
2 heads garlic
3 onions, diced
3T thyme
6 lbs mushrooms
3 t salt
1 bottle white wine
1 1/2 cups flour
20 cups chicken broth
40oz cream cheese
15 cups cooked turkey or chicken (poached is good, I bought deboned, rotisserie style from my favorite warehouse store to save a bit on time for such a large crowd)
7.5 cups frozen green peas
1 1/2 pounds bacon, cooked and chopped
24 oz grated Monterey jack cheese
20 oz cups grated parmesan cheese
20 oz panko bread crumbs

How to make turkey tetrazzini for a large crowd (75 people)

Cook pasta until almost done. Drain, rinse and set aside. For such a large crowd, I did this the night before in 8 different batches, drained, rinsed, let cool and put in Ziploc bags.

In a really big (industrial size) pot, heat butter over medium-high heat and sauté onion and garlic until tender.  Add the quartered mushrooms, salt and pepper and cook until the mushrooms begin to get soft but are not complete. Add the thyme and wine and cook until reduced by half.

Add the flour slowly and stir. Cook for about 5 minutes then add the chicken broth. Cook until the mixture thickens. This will take a while when cooking for such a large crowd. While you are getting that to thicken, cut up the cream cheese into smaller cubes so it will melt easier.

When the mixture begins to thicken, add the cream cheese and stir it until it mostly blends with the mixture. Add the other cheeses and stir. Then add the chicken/turkey, peas, and bacon. Taste and add salt and pepper as needed.

Place 1/4 of the pasta in a large industrial style cooking container. Add 1/4 of the mixture and stir to incorporate. Top with Panko bread crumbs. Repeat for the remaining pasta and mixture for a total of 4 large casserole dishes.

Turkey Tetrazzini for a crowd

Bake the dishes at 350 degrees for about 25 minutes until the sauce bubbles and the bread crumbs are toasted.

Turkey Tetrazzini for 75

Meal Idea

I served this with a large mixed green salad with toasted pecans, feta cheese, craisins and a raspberry walnut vinaigrette and a piece of garlic bread. A perfect meal.


  1. Margo Marks says:

    Looks yummy! Any adaptions for a family of 4? 🙂

    • Sure. We have a different recipe located here: http://mcnackskitchen.com/2013/04/25/turkey-tetrazzini/ , but I like this one better. To make it more simple, divide everything by 8 and use 1lb of spaghetti as your base. Then, it’s not ‘exact’, just make it close. More or less turkey or mushrooms or peas to your liking. I’d probably convert the garlic to about 6 cloves, but I like a lot of garlic. I’d probably keep the mushrooms at 1lb. And although, you’ll never hear me say this again, you can even leave the bacon out of this and it is still yummy. Let me know if that helps. Good luck Margo! -Melissa

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