Turn Thanksgiving Leftovers Into Delicious Dinners All Week Long

You've probably got a lot of leftover turkey (and potatoes and sauce and beans). No need to eat them plain, though. Mix things up this week, and poof, your leftovers will disappear!
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Monday: Pumpkin Pie Pasta

Pumpkin Pie Pasta

Who knew stuffing, pie, and green beans made such a delicious pasta topping?Leftover pie filling makes the pasta nice and creamy while toasted stuffing gives it a bit of crunch. 

Recipe: Try our Pumpkin Pie Pasta

Tuesday: Rachael Ray's Turkey and Chorizo Soft Tacos

turkey and chorizo soft tacos

Spice up your leftovers (literally!) with hot sauce, chiles, and smoked paprika.

Recipe: Try Rach's Turkey and Chorizo Soft Tacos

Wednesday: Sweet Potato Waffles with Turkey and Spicy Maple Syrup

Sweet Potato Waffles with Turkey and Spicy Maple Syrup

Leftover turkey, sweet potato mash, and cranberry sauce all in one tasty recipe? We must be dreaming!

Recipe: Try our Sweet Potato Waffles with Turkey and Spicy Maple Syrup

Thursday: Potato and Turkey Soup with Parmesan Stuffing Dumplings

Potato and Turkey Soup with Parmesan Stuffing Dumplings

Turn stuffing into dumplings and mashed potatoes into broth. Stir in green beans (or any leftover veggie!) for an extra crunch.

Recipe: Try our Potato and Turkey Soup with Parmesan and Stuffing Dumplings

Friday: Rachael Ray's Turkey Club Flatbreads

turkey club flatbreads

TGIF—celebrate with a healthier version of pizza that reuses a few handfuls of turkey. And since it's Friday, use store-bought naan for no-prep crust. 

Recipe: Try Rach's Turkey Club Flatbreads

Shopping List

For the pumpkin pie pasta:

  • 1/3 cup leftover stuffing
  • 6 tbsp. butter
  • 3/4 cup leftover pumpkin pie filling
  • 1 tbsp. EVOO
  • 1 small onion
  • 1/4 cup fresh sage
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 8 oz. cavatappi or other short pasta
  • 1 cup leftover green beans
  • 3/4 cup grated Parmesan

For the turkey and chorizo soft tacos:

  • 3 tbsp. olive or corn oil
  • 4 cups shredded red or green cabbage (about 1/2 head)
  • 1 small red onion
  • 2 Serrano or jalapeño chiles
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 tsp. (about 1/3 palmful) caraway seeds
  • 1 tsp. (about 1/3 palmful) cumin seeds or ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. (about 1/3 palmful) paprika or smoked paprika
  • About 3 tbsp. sherry vinegar or apple cider vinegar
  • About 2 tbsp. light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup toasted pepitas
  • 1 lb. roast turkey
  • 1/2 lb. fresh Mexican chorizo
  • 1 cup turkey or chicken stock
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 cup sour cream or Mexican crema
  • 2 tbsp. chipotle hot sauce
  • 12 to 16 soft corn tortillas
  • Pickled jalapeño slices
  • Crumbled queso fresco or asadero cheese
  • Radishes
  • Fresh cilantro leaves

For the sweet potato waffles with turkey and spicy maple syrup:

  • 1 cup pure maple syrup
  • 8 tbsp. butter
  • 1 tbsp. leftover cranberry sauce
  • 1 tbsp. molasses
  • 4 dashes Tabasco
  • 2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 2 cups crushed cornflakes
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne or paprika
  • 1/4 tsp. granulated garlic
  • 5 eggs
  • 12 slices (about 2 by 5 inches each) leftover turkey, preferably thigh meat
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tbsp. baking powder
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 3/4 cup leftover mashed sweet potatoes

For the potato and turkey soup with parmesan stuffing dumplings:

  • 1 1/2 cups fresh white breadcrumbs
  • 1 1/2 cups leftover stuffing
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan
  • 1/2-1 tbsp. crushed red pepper
  • 3 cups turkey or chicken stock
  • 2 oz. thinly sliced prosciutto
  • 3 cups leftover mashed potatoes
  • 2 cups leftover turkey
  • 2 cups leftover green beans

For the turkey club flatbreads:

  • 1 cup sun-dried tomatoes (from a bag, not in oil)
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • 6 slices cold meaty bacon
  • 8 to 12 oz. roast turkey
  • 2 small leeks or 1 large leek
  • Salt and pepper
  • 4 store-bought garlic naan flatbreads
  • 2 cups baby kale
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 12 to 16 oz. Scamorza cheese or smoked mozzarella
  • A few sprigs of fresh rosemary