Pasta and turkey in cheese sauce

Posted: October 31, 2009 by nietize in Turkey
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Taken from Chicken – the best ever recipe collection

75g butter
350g turkey breast fillet, cut into thin strips
2 pieces of bottled roasted pepper
175g spaghetti
900ml hot milk
115 grated parmesan cheese
1/2 tsp mustard powder

Melt about a third of the butter in a saucepan, add the turkey and sprinkle with a little salt and plenty of pepper. Toss the turkey over a medium heat for about 5 minutes until the meat turns white, then add the roasted pepper strips and toss to mix. Remove from the pan using a slotted spoon and set aside.

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees. Bring a large saucepan of salted water to the boil, add the pasta and cook until al dente.

Meanwhile, melt the remaining butter over low heat in the pan in which the turkey was cooked. Sprinkle in the flour and cook, stirring for 1-2 minutes. Increase the heat to medium.

Add the milk a little at a time, whisking vigorously. Bring to the boil and cook, stirring until the sauce is smooth. Add two thirds of the grated parmesan, then whisk in mustard salt and pepper to taste. Remove from the heat.

Drain the pasta and return it to the clean pan. Mix in half the cheese sauce then spoon the mixture around the edge of an oven proof dish. Stir the turkey mixture into the remaining cheese sauce and spoon into the dish.

Sprinkle the remaining parmesan over the top and bake for 15-20 minutes until the topping is just crisp.

The roasted peppers is key to this dish. Turkey on its own is bland, and the taste of the cheese requires something to complement it and that’s the roasted peppers. And don’t bother if you don’t have any parmesan available, cheddar will do just as well. Any pasta will do too so you don’t have to use spaghetti; as you can see I didn’t use it.


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