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This easy creamy leftover turkey pasta recipe is the perfect way to use up your Thanksgiving turkey leftovers! Ready in only 20 minutes.

easy creamy leftover turkey pasta in a bowl with a fork

This leftover turkey pasta is surprisingly simple… and surprisingly good. Not that it’s any kind of surprise that I like my own cooking (ha), but there really isn’t much to this pasta, and it’s just so flavorful.

I actually prefer it to a whole roasted turkey (gasp!).

creamy turkey pasta with leftover Thanksgiving turkey in a white bowl

We’ve got a few simple ingredients in the sauce:

  • Leftover turkey meat (add whatever you need to use up)
  • Diced pancetta
  • Sweet corn
  • Garlic
  • Cream

…and aside from pepper, a couple dashes of Italian seasoning, and an optional sprinkle of parsley, that’s it. The flavors come together to create a really tasty pasta dish that requires barely any effort and like 20 minutes of your time (because that’s about how long the spaghetti takes to boil).

skillet with creamy leftover turkey pasta and serving tongs

Select your choice of pasta, and your leftover turkey meat will become a dinner table star again.

The sweetness of the corn nicely balances out the salty pancetta, and the rest is history. Because it’ll be in your belly.

creamy turkey pasta in a white bowl

What do you typically do with leftover turkey? Turkey sandwiches 4 life? Freeze it and forget about it? Let me know in the comments below. 🙂

If you need more leftover turkey recipes, I also have a creamy leftover turkey soup, a Thai turkey soup, this turkey wild rice soup, or an easy turkey noodle soup that you may like!

This easy creamy leftover turkey pasta recipe is the perfect way to use up your Thanksgiving turkey leftovers! Ready in only 20 minutes.
4.80 from 5 votes

Easy Creamy Leftover Turkey Pasta Recipe

This easy leftover turkey pasta recipe is the perfect way to use up your Thanksgiving turkey leftovers! Ready in only 20 minutes.
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 2 ounces pancetta diced
  • 3-4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 cup heavy/whipping cream
  • 1 (12 fluid ounce) can corn drained
  • 2 cups cooked turkey meat
  • 2 dashes Italian seasoning
  • Pepper to taste
  • 4 ounces pasta (I used spaghetti)
  • Freshly grated parmesan cheese (optional)
  • Fresh parsley for garnish (optional)


  • Boil a generously salted pot of water for the pasta. Cook pasta al dente according to package directions.
  • Meanwhile, add the pancetta to a large skillet on medium-high heat. Cook it for 5-7 minutes until the fat renders and it crisps up. 
  • Add the garlic to the skillet and cook for about 30 seconds, or until fragrant.
  • Stir in the cream, corn, turkey, and Italian seasoning. Reduce heat to medium and simmer for another 5 minutes or until the sauce is reduced/thickened to your liking. 
  • Drain the pasta and toss with the sauce (add a splash of pasta water to the sauce if desired). Season with pepper (I don't add salt to this recipe because the pancetta is pretty salty). Serve with freshly grated parmesan and parsley if you wish. 

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  1. Linda W. says:

    4 stars
    Quick and easy way to use up turkey from Thanksgiving. I reduced the amount of heavy cream and added more pasta water from the beginning. Also used WAY more than “2 dashes” of Italian seasoning, as that wouldn’t be near enough for 4 servings. Added peas with the corn for color.

    1. Natasha says:

      I’m glad you liked it! Yup, you can certainly adjust seasonings to taste.

  2. Michele says:

    5 stars
    Made this tonight with leftover smoked Turkey. Uses 2 pieces of bacon cause that’s what I had and added a bunch of parm while cooking to make it really thick. Husband couldn’t eat it fast enough!

    1. Natasha says:

      Yay!! That makes me so happy. Thanks for your review, Michele! 😀

  3. Carolynn says:

    5 stars
    This was super easy and super delicious. I used bacon because that’s what we had on hand.
    Very good.

    1. Natasha says:

      Wonderful! Thanks for letting me know!

  4. Debs says:

    5 stars
    Love this Natasha! I’m pinning for my Christmas turkey leftovers! This is at the top of the list!

    1. Natasha says:

      Thanks so much, Debs!! Hope you enjoy it. 🙂

      1. Traci Rose says:

        What if I dont have pancetta? Do you recommend a substitute or just leaving it out?

        1. Natasha says:

          It’s one of the main components of the dish. Try bacon maybe? You can leave it out, but then it’ll be a creamy corn and turkey pasta. I’m sure it’ll still taste good tho… just different! Let me know how it goes.

  5. Ren says:

    5 stars
    This looks so delicious, now I want to roast a turkey just to make this, although I think roast chicken would be wonderful too. A lovely silky sauce.

    1. Natasha says:

      Aw thanks, Ren!! I cheated and roasted a turkey breast, but yes, leftover chicken would definitely work too! 🙂