I made a chicken, turkey and cheese pot pie that tasted like Thanksgiving, but was a dish that I could make in one pan while watching a few TV shows. It was excellent. It was a success. It was like turkey pot pie, but better.

For this month’s #throwbackthursday entry, we are going to be talking about a recipe that I made for my husband last holiday season. He doesn’t eat much macaroni and cheese, so I knew that I wanted to come up with a way for him to eat it that would not only be easy to make, but also healthy. I thought that I would combine the classic comfort food of macaroni and cheese with a turkey pot pie!

With the holidays just around the corner, and Thanksgiving approaching, as we know, it’s time to start thinking about the turkey and the pies and the stuffing and all that yummy goodness. However, if you’re following a low carb diet, these traditional dishes are considered off limits. Well, what if you could enjoy everything you love about Thanksgiving – all without the carbs?

 

Purina Fancy Feast provided funding for this article.

Every Thanksgiving, I find a new reason to be grateful. It’s usually a major personal accomplishment, such as graduating from college, relocating to a new location, beginning a new career, or getting engaged. And, despite the fact that this year has put us through a lot, I’ve discovered that I’m still very grateful to have my family, even if we’re not together this year. We’re doing things a little differently this year. For me, being a gourmet, this Mac & Cheese with Turkey Pot Pie is an out-of-the-box dish, and for my family, it means sharing the Feastivities with our cat Arya.

a selection of Purina Fancy Feast

Last year, I had the chance to visit Fancy Feast’s headquarters in St. Louis and meet the Fancy Feast cat! This year, I’m teaming up with Fancy Feast to bring you the first-of-its-kind Fancy Feast Advent Calendar, complete with 24 delectable goodies and the 2020 Feastivities ornament. The ornament’s profits will go to Redrover via Purina’s Purple Leash, which aims to establish pet-friendly domestic violence shelters so that survivors and their dogs may begin the recovery process together. Click here to visit the Purina Fancy Feast website for additional information. 

Arya eating her Thanksgiving meal

I prepared Arya a cat food feast combining two of her favorite meals this year to celebrate Thanksgiving with her. Fancy Feast Wild Salmon Broth and Fancy Feast Shredded Turkey Fare Medley were used in this recipe. Arya is a huge fan of anything with a lot of broth, so she was overjoyed. Make sure to spend the holidays with your cat; they’re an important part of the family!

Turkey Pot Pie Mac and Cheese

Now for the main course of your Thanksgiving feast:

What Type of Cheese Should I Use?

I prefer to use a variety of cheeses, but my favorite is cheddar, which has a high melting point and melts quickly. Although sharp cheddar is preferable, a cheddar mix works well as well. To balance out the taste, I add a little of parmesan. Avoid using crumbly or extremely hard cheeses since they will melt differently and change the texture of the sauce.

Turkey Pot Pie Mac and Cheese

How to create a sauce using a roux base

A traditional and simple method to create a sauce is to start with a roux foundation. Begin by heating your pan over medium-high heat. Butter and flour should be added in equal amounts by weight. Cook the roux mixture until it becomes a tan color and has a nutty aroma. Because both the butter and the flour burn quickly, you’ll want to mix this constantly.

When the roux starts to have a nutty fragrance, remove it from the heat. Continue heating the roux until it becomes a dark tan color for richer sauces (this is used a lot in cajun cooking as it has more flavor).

Turkey Pot Pie Mac and Cheese

How to Make Grain-Free Turkey Mac & cheese in a pot pie

If the sauce gets gritty, mac & cheese may go from delicious to disgusting in a matter of seconds. There are many reasons why this occurs.

Your sauce was overheated, causing the milk to curdle.

You didn’t fully cook the roux, and the flour is still raw.

You used the incorrect kind of cheese. Avoid crumbly hard cheeses and stick to cheeses that melt easily, such as cheddar.

You used a dry cheese from the grocery shop. For the best results, buy a block of cheddar and grate it yourself.

When the liquid was too hot, you put your cheese to it. To prevent curdling, keep the temperature below a simmer.

 

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Turkey Pot Pie Mac and Cheese

 

 

A variation on a traditional family favorite, Turkey Pot Pie Mac & Cheese.

 

5 out of 5 stars

 

Recipes to Pin

 

 

 

15-minute prep time

45 minutes to prepare

40-minute total time

 

 

 

Course Description:

American cuisine

 

 

6 servings

calorie count: 973 kcal

Equipment

 

 

Saute Pan

 

Saucepan

 

Knife of a Chef

 

Spoon Made of Wood

Ingredients

 

 

StandardMetric in the United States

 

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  • 1 pound of dried pasta elbows or cavatappi
  • 12 GALLON BUTTER
  • Flour (12 cup)
  • 12 quarts milk
  • 2 CUP HALFTIME AND HALFTIME
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1 tsp sage (ground)
  • 1 tsp Mustard (Ground)
  • 2 c. sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup jack cheese
  • 2 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 cup sliced celery
  • 1 Diced Onion
  • 1 cup sliced carrots
  • 12 CUP PEACHES
  • 2 CUP TURKEY OR CHICKEN, SHREDDED

 

Instructions

 

 

  • Melt butter in a big saucepan or dutch oven over medium heat. Stir in the flour until it is completely mixed. Cook until the flour is completely cooked and the roux has a nutty fragrance.

  • Slowly pour the milk into the roux mixture, whisking constantly until it is smooth and well combined. Toss in the half-and-half.

  • Season to taste with spices and salt and pepper.

  • Stir in the cheese until it is completely absorbed. Allow to cook for a few minutes until the sauce thickens.

  • Cook pasta according to package directions until it is al dente.

  • Cook celery, onion, and carrots in olive oil in a separate pan until softened, approximately 5 minutes. Cook until the peas and turkey are heated.

  • Add the pasta and vegetable combination to the sauce mixture and season to taste. Serve and have fun!

Nutrition

 

calorie count: 973 kcal 78g carbohydrate 42 g protein 55 g fat 30g Saturated Fat 171 milligrams of cholesterol 615mg sodium 696mg potassium 4 g fiber 8 g sugar 5174IU Vitamin A 9 milligrams of vitamin C 608 milligrams of calcium 3 mcg iron

 

 

 

Mac & Cheese with Turkey Pot Pie

 

 

I love mac and cheese but I don’t love the resulting mess. And while I love a good bowl of pasta as much as the next person, I’m not real crazy about it being in the form of a mac and cheese casserole. So, at the beginning of this year, I decided to take matters into my own hands and create a mac and cheese recipe that is delicious without being messy. To do this, I followed the same basic cooking and baking techniques I use to make one of my favorite dishes, the Turkey Pot-Pie.. Read more about steak mac and cheese and let us know what you think.