This recipe sounds odd, but I promise it makes for an unbelievable, rich hearty meal! Family and friends all show up a couple days AFTER Thanksgiving knowing this will be on the menu... Cheesy and delicious, and feeds a crowd!

Recipe Summary

prep:
25 mins
cook:
1 hr 10 mins
additional:
5 mins
total:
1 hr 40 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

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Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9x13 inch baking dish.

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  • Fill a large pot with lightly salted water and bring to a rolling boil over high heat. Once the water is boiling, stir in the shell pasta, and return to a boil. Cook the pasta uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the pasta has cooked through, but is still firm to the bite, about 13 minutes. Drain well in a colander set in the sink.

  • Place turkey and stuffing in food processor, and pulse until finely ground and combined. Place the ground turkey and stuffing mixture in the bowl of a stand mixer along with the cream cheese, Parmesan cheese, mayonnaise, and 2 cups of the mozzarella. Mix with paddle attachment on medium-low until well blended.

  • Spread 1/2 cup of gravy on the bottom of the prepared dish. Stuff the pre-cooked pasta shells with the turkey mixture and place in the dish in tight rows. Top with the remaining gravy and the remaining 2 cups of mozzarella cheese.

  • Bake, covered, for 45 minutes. Uncover and cook for an additional 10 minutes until top is browned and bubbly. Allow to cool for 5 minutes before serving.

Cook's Note

1 - 6 ounce package of prepared instant stuffing mix can be used in place of leftover stuffing and 1 - 10.75 ounce can of cream of chicken soup can be used in place of leftover gravy.

Nutrition Facts

675 calories; protein 37.5g 75% DV; carbohydrates 64.9g 21% DV; fat 28g 43% DV; cholesterol 86.6mg 29% DV; sodium 1366.9mg 55% DV. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/01/2008
This recipe does sound a bit odd but I gave it a try and everyone loved it! I added some leftover corn casserole and it was delicious. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
12/30/2012
Would not recommend blending all the ingredients. It came out much like turkey dinner flavored baby food. I will make this again but I will mix it without the blender step. Flavor was good. Read More
(3)
74 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 47
  • 4 star values: 15
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 5
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 5 stars
12/01/2008
This recipe does sound a bit odd but I gave it a try and everyone loved it! I added some leftover corn casserole and it was delicious. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/30/2008
This was great. Such a nice change from the casseroles and enchiladas that we usually make. Hubby loved them. Very fussy daughter had seconds. Thanks for sharing. Awesome! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/29/2008
I wanted to find a recipe that used turkey but was different from the stews soups and pot pies. This was the perfect recipe. I used canneloni pasta instead of the large shells (b/c that is what I had on hand). Works well:) The hubby LOVED it!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/05/2011
Made this for the first time last night and they were soooooo good......The recipe was easy to follow. Plus it gave me a chance to use my Kitchen Aid stand mixer that I got for Christmas.... I think that next time I will try this with chicken instead of turkey. Read More
(10)
Rating: 5 stars
01/30/2009
Made this last night and was really really good! Was surprised the husband loved it cuz he's used to the beef stuffed shells his mom makes...I used Stove Top stuffing for turkey - anyway weird ingredients for shells but GREAT! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/01/2010
Made this for a "Leftover Party" I went to. It was a huge hit!! Great way to reinvent turkey and stuffing. The texture is a bit strange but it tastes good! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/29/2010
I was looking for something not so traditional to do with my leftovers and this dish sounded interesting. The reviews were what got me interested. I didn't have jumbo shells so I used large manicoti shells instead. Everyone except my youngest son loved them but he doesn't like cheese. I didn't blend the stuffing and turkey. I chopped the turkey and mixed by hand to give a bit more texture. Glad I did since each bite had a slightly different flavor. I will definitely make again! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/01/2011
This was fantastic! A few of the other reviews said it was bland but that will of course be the case if you start out with bland tasting turkey stuffing and gravy. If you start out with really good tasting thanksgiving leftovers this dish will turn out good tasting too. I used the recipe as a "guideline" and basically threw in what I had which was 1-1/2 of turkey about 2 cups of dressing and only a cup of gravy. I didn't have any parmasan cheese but I did have "Italian Blend" cheese so I used that instead of mozzarella. It was truly wonderful! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/08/2009
This was a hit with family and coworkers. We used the boxed stuffing (Leftovers are too precious to put in a casserole:-) and a jar of gravy (this years gravy as a bit of a fiasco:-/) Even with the less than homemade ingredients this was still a very tasty easy to make dish. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
12/30/2012
Would not recommend blending all the ingredients. It came out much like turkey dinner flavored baby food. I will make this again but I will mix it without the blender step. Flavor was good. Read More
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