Turkey cacciatore with a twist

Turkey cacciatore with a twist

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Prep: 10 mins Cook: 50 mins


Serves 4
This tasty Italian cheese and tomato bake is a fab way to use up leftover meat and a true family favourite

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal477
  • fat21g
  • saturates7g
  • carbs22g
  • sugars15g
  • fibre3g
  • protein50g
  • salt1g
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  • 2 small or 1 large onion, chopped



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 2 garlic clove, crushed
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
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  • 2 tsp dried oregano



    Closely related to marjoram, of which it is the wild equivalent, oregano has a coarser, more…

  • 3 x cans chopped tomatoes or cherry tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp sugar



    Honey and syrups made from concentrated fruit juice were the earliest known sweeteners. Today,…

  • little splash vinegar
  • about 500g leftover turkey, shredded into chunks



    The traditional Christmas bird, turkey is good to eat all year round though is only readily…

  • 1 x 125g balls mozzarella
  • 2 good handfuls fresh breadcrumbs


  1. Fry the onion and garlic in the oil until softened. Add the tomatoes and sugar, a little splash of vinegar and some seasoning, then simmer for 20 mins until really thick. Stir in the turkey and transfer to a baking dish. Heat oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7.

  2. Tear over the mozzarella in chunks, then scatter over the breadcrumbs with a bit more ground pepper. Bake for 20 mins until turkey is piping hot through, and the top is golden and bubbling. Eat with mash, jackets, rice or pasta

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Comments (13)

vrog's picture

We first cooked this for a crowd last Christmas, but now use smaller quantities for the two of us as a regular 'leftovers' dish. I interchange mozzarella and mascarpone depending on what's in fridge.

morgas's picture

We had this with pasta & a green salad to use up the last of our turkey, we stirred in some mascarpone as suggested on the chicken cacciatore - it was a lovely change from turkey curry.

debbie31's picture

This is a really good recipe for using your turkey up its quick and easy and great with pasta.

ammybsas's picture

It is very good, and it goes very well with pasta!

suegriff26's picture

Delish, made this 3 times since christmas already. Used a teaspoon of chipotle chilli paste when frying onions for a bit of a kick

christinecronan's picture

This was lovely and so easy to make. I added some chillies when I was frying the onion and garlic to give it a little kick and used worcester sauce instead of vinegar. I also mixed it with pasta as I saw an earlier comment suggesting it and I used buffalo mozzarella :)

LibbyR26's picture

Absolutely delicious and so simple. Easily halved the recipe to make it for 2, but kept the full amount of cheese, which was needed. Now a firm favourite in my house.

jjlawlor's picture

really good for leftover turkey - went down a treat

imacpherson's picture

This is a really easy and tasty way to use up turkey leftovers, really delicious, and isn't too tomatoey with 3 tins, great with pasta.

pamart's picture

Tasty tasty very very tasty

limefruitgum's picture

I'm sure it is lovely (<3 the chicken cacciatore recipe elsewhere on this site), but I don't think the picture makes it look very appetizing.

cooking4grandma's picture

Very tasty! I used low fat mozzarella to make it a bit healthier.

dragonma5306's picture

This was easy to make and very tasty. I made it exactly to the recipe and added some grated parmesan to the breadcrumbs for the topping. I will be making it again.

Questions (1)

tillyanne's picture

could i freeze a cooked portion of this?

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Steveggetit's picture

Well my 2 lads wolfed it back. Prepared the sauce first this morning & went to foot ball. Villa beat Blackpool 1-0 so all happy in our household. got back from match at 6.30 shoved the oven on, grated the cheese ( only had cheddar & left over Gorgonzola & the breadcrumbs. 1/2 hr in oven. & worked a treat. wife's away this weekend & I was a superhero in the kitchen & taking them for a beer & footy. We will do it again....