It’s hard to believe that the holiday season is in full swing. From now through the end of the year, my home and my kitchen will be filled with family and friends and it will be my job to keep their bellies full and happy. Now, I do consider myself a traditionalist in some sense when it comes to the holidays and because of that, there is always a great big bird for family gatherings. While I don’t mind the process of cooking our turkey, for me creating amazing dishes with the leftovers is what it’s all about! You see, I go big with my bird so that on the day after Thanksgiving I can serve up my Creamy Turkey Ziti that is an absolute perfect way to bring family and friends running!
While I know that tradition might dictate turkey sandwiches as a day after Thanksgiving meal, this mama loves to keep things warm and hearty while mixing my leftovers into one of my family’s favorite dishes…baked ziti. With just a few easy ingredients and a minimal amount of time in the kitchen, I’m able to create a dish that satisfies family and friends and brings us all back together for a post-Thanksgiving meal. Want to know how I do it? Be sure to pay close attention because this is a dish that NEEDS to be on your holiday meal plan!
What You Will Need
1 Box of Barilla Ziti
1 Jar of Barilla Marinara Sauce
1 Cup of Galbani Ricotta Cheese
2 Cups of Leftover Turkey (removed from the bone and shredded)
Galbani Mozzerella Cheese and Parsley (for Topping and Garnish)
How to Make It
As you can see, this easy day-after-Thanksgiving meal doesn’t require many ingredients and when paired with leftover veggies, it makes an easy Italian meal that breathes a whole new life into those Thanksgiving day remnants! Now, for this meal to work, it’s important to have the ingredients I need on hand (who wants to go out grocery shopping on Thanksgiving?). So when I’m doing my pre-Thanksgiving meal prep and shopping I always make sure to stock up on Barilla and Galbani quality ingredients from Walmart. These delicious brands are easy to find on my regular Walmart shopping trip and when I have them on hand, I know I can create a variety of easy pasta dishes! In fact, Barilla pasta and Galbani Cheese are perfect ingredients with which to create a variety of family friendly meals!
While I could add chicken, fish and more to this easy dish, for us, cooking up Creamy Turkey Ziti is as much a part of our day-after-Thanksgiving tradition as trimming the tree or hanging our stockings. To start this easy dish, I simply pulled out my turkey (I always try to shred it the night before because I know I’ll want to spend time with family instead of in the kitchen) and my Barilla and Galbani ingredients. Then I easily cooked my Barilla pasta that is made with a few, wholesome ingredients to provide a simple and natural way to enjoy eating until it was al dente.
Once my pasta was cooked to perfection and drained, all that was required to make my dish amazing was a wonderful sauce with my turkey mixed in and some veggies on the side. Now, I’m all about creamy, comfort foods and the best (and easiest) way ever to make this dish extra creamy is to pour my Barilla Marinara into a sauté pan and then add in a cup of Galbani Ricotta Cheese. With over 130 years of Italian Craftsmanship, Galbani is the #1 cheese brand in Italy and the #1 Ricotta and #1 Chunk Mozzarella Brand in the USA! Knowing that, it was easy to choose this delicious cheese as a perfect complement to my Barilla Pasta and Sauce!
The tangy taste of the marinara pairs perfectly with the smooth, creamy, rich texture of the ricotta cheese that is made in the traditional Italian style to create a sauce that’s truly comforting in the best possible ways After heating my sauce over medium heat until the marinara and ricotta were perfectly mixed together, I simply removed it from the heat and added in my leftover turkey.
After a quick stir, my prepared Barilla Ziti went into the mixture as well and I was able to toss it gently to ensure that there is delicious flavor in each and every bite.
Now, I know I could serve up my Creamy Turkey Ziti straight out of my sauté pan but honestly, for me holiday cooking is about the little extra touches that take a dish from good to great! Since I ALWAYS have Galbani Mozzarella Cheese in my fridge, it’s easy for me to transfer my Creamy Turkey Ziti to a casserole dish and slice off chunks of my Galbani Mozzarella Cheese on the top. I keep Galbani Slicing Mozzarella on hand because it’s got a soft texture that slices easily and melts perfectly on my favorite dishes!
Keep in mind, my goal is not to overwhelm my dish but to enhance the perfect Italian flavor of it with my Galbani Cheese. With this being my goal, I added just enough cheese to compliment the creaminess of my sauce and my perfectly cooked noodles in a way that takes this dish over the top. As soon as I had added my chunks of cheese, I placed my Creamy Turkey Ziti into the oven on broil for about five minutes to melt the cheese on top and make it golden and bubbly. Then I removed my dish from the oven, sprinkled on a little fresh parsley and paired it with a side of veggies to create a simple family dinner that brings us all together!
By using quality ingredients paired with my Thanksgiving leftovers, I was able to create a day-after-Thanksgiving dish that delivers big on flavor and brings everyone back together around the dinner table. This Creamy Turkey Ziti is seriously a perfect holiday dish that tastes amazing, is simple to make and always brings my family together!
Now it’s your turn! With the holidays in full swing, be ready to whip up delicious family meals featuring Barilla Pasta as the canvas! Whether you add in chicken, fish or even turkey like I did, it’s a great way to make a quick and easy dinner that will quickly become your signature dish! So invite over friends. Call your family. Then bring everyone together with Barilla Pasta and Galbani Cheese from Walmart this holiday season!
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Now tell me, what amazing dish will you create for family and friends using Barilla Pasta and Galbani Cheese?