Turkey cacciatore with a twist

Turkey cacciatore with a twist

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(13 ratings)

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



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



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



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



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  • 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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30th Dec, 2017
This was really easy to make and really tasty. I did it using cheddar rather mozzarella out of choice, but very tasty. I made the sauce ahead of time, and was able to remove some to add beans for a veggie alternative as well. Tasty, easy and flexible. Will make again.
27th Feb, 2014
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.
28th Dec, 2013
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.
23rd Dec, 2013
This is a really good recipe for using your turkey up its quick and easy and great with pasta.
29th Jan, 2013
It is very good, and it goes very well with pasta!
6th Jan, 2013
Delish, made this 3 times since christmas already. Used a teaspoon of chipotle chilli paste when frying onions for a bit of a kick
4th Jan, 2013
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 :)
18th Jan, 2012
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.
18th Jan, 2012
really good for leftover turkey - went down a treat
2nd Jan, 2012
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.


17th Sep, 2013
could i freeze a cooked portion of this?
4th Jan, 2015
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....
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