This leftover turkey and mushroom risotto is rich, creamy, and comforting, and a great way to use up those leftovers from Christmas day.
It’s so satisfying making something delicious from leftovers and this risotto certainly ticks all the right boxes.

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Leftover Turkey Risotto
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Come on, how big was that roast turkey you bought? Big enough to feed a small army?

Christmas time wouldn’t be Christmas time without the leftover turkey butties, the turkey soup, or turkey stock for this leftover turkey risotto.

I love making the most out of leftovers! So let’s get on with this creamy risotto.

📋 What do we need?

Ingredients for a Turkey risotto on a wooden board with labels.

👩‍🍳PRO TIP: You can make your own stock by boiling up the bones from the turkey. It’s definitely worth taking the time to do this homemade stock takes this to a whole new level of deliciousness. You can follow my recipe for making Chicken Stock and substitute the chicken bones for Turkey bones.

📺 Watch how to make it

Ingredients swaps

  • You could make this a chicken risotto by swapping out the turkey for leftover chicken from your roast chicken dinner.
  • If you’re not keen on mushrooms, you can swap them out for a different vegetable. I like to add asparagus (just add them to the pan with the risotto for the last 5-6 minutes), or sometimes will add in peas a few minutes before the end of the cooking time.
  • If you don’t want to use wine, then you can substitute with additional stock and an extra squeeze of lemon juice.
Overhead picture of some leftover turkey and mushroom risotto on a stone plate with a gold fork.

Even if I’m not cooking on Christmas day, I’ve been known to buy a turkey just so I can make some leftover-style meals!

My Turkey leftovers go something like this:

  • Day 1 – Christmas day evening: Roast Turkey and stuffing sandwiches (salted butter and white bread – I don’t want any of that wholemeal nonsense over Xmas!!)
  • Day 2 – Boxing Day: Turkey Curry
  • Day 3 Lunch: Crispy Turkey Nachos
  • Day 3 Dinner: This Turkey Risotto with crispy pancetta and mushrooms

So good!

Enjoy those turkey butties, the risotto too, and hopefully as many Chocolate Box Brownies (< also made with leftovers) as possible 🙂

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Leftover Turkey Risotto Recipe

This rich and creamy leftover turkey risotto with mushrooms and Pancetta is a great way to use up that mountain of leftover Turkey from Christmas or thanks giving! It's also gluten free!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4 -6 serving
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: British


  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 150 g (2 cups) chestnut mushrooms sliced
  • 150 g (5 oz) pancetta cubes
  • 1 onion peeled and chopped finely
  • 2 cloves garlic peeled and crushed
  • 300 g (1 1/3rd cups) uncooked arborio rice
  • 150 ml (1/2 cup + 2 tbsp) white wine
  • 1200 ml (5 cups) hot chicken stock (homemade is best, but water with 3-4 stock cubes works well too).
  • 250 g (2 cups) cooked leftover turkey shredded
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper
  • 50 g (1/2 cup) parmesan grated
  • juice of ½ a lemon

To Serve:

  • grated parmesan
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • fresh thyme
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  • Add the butter and oil to a large frying pan. Heat until the butter melts.
    1 tbsp butter, 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Add the mushrooms and fry for 4-5 minutes until golden then remove from the pan and place in a bowl.
    150 g (2 cups) chestnut mushrooms
  • Add the pancetta to the pan, and fry until golden and crisp then remove from the pan and place in the bowl with the mushrooms.
    150 g (5 oz) pancetta cubes
  • Add the finely diced onion to the pan and cook for 3-5 minutes until the onion starts to go translucent.
    1 onion
  • Add in the garlic, stir and cook for a further minute.
    2 cloves garlic
  • Next in goes the arborio rice, and stir until the oil has coated the rice.
    300 g (1 1/3rd cups) uncooked arborio rice
  • Add in the wine and stir and cook for a couple of minutes stirring regularly until the wine has almost fully absorbed into the rice.
    150 ml (1/2 cup + 2 tbsp) white wine
  • Now add the stock a ladle at a time – ensuring each ladle has almost fully absorbed before adding the next. Ensure you stir regularly.
    1200 ml (5 cups) hot chicken stock
  • After about 15-17 minutes you should have 1 or 2 ladles of stock left. At this point, add in the shredded turkey, salt, and pepper and stir to combine.
    250 g (2 cups) cooked leftover turkey, ¼ tsp salt, ¼ tsp ground black pepper
  • Add the remaining stock and cook for another 2-3 minutes to heat the turkey through and so the stock can absorb into the rice.
  • Add in the cooked mushrooms, cooked pancetta, parmesan and lemon juice. Give everything a good stir then cook for another minute or 2.
    50 g (1/2 cup) parmesan, juice of ½ a lemon
  • Serve topped with a little grated parmesan, some black pepper, and a few sprigs of thyme.
    grated parmesan, fresh thyme, freshly ground black pepper



Nutritional Information is per serving, using leftover turkey meat.


Calories: 464kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 37mg | Sodium: 767mg | Potassium: 313mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 170IU | Vitamin C: 1.8mg | Calcium: 137mg | Iron: 3.2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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This post was first published in December 2016, Updated in December 2021 with new photos, an improved recipe, and a video showing you how to make this leftover turkey risotto.

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  1. Heather says:

    5 stars
    Just made this. Really tasty recipe. Good for using leftovers.

  2. Rebecca says:

    5 stars
    Left all components out for teenager to do whilst I shouted the instructions out from comfort of armchair, used bacon instead of pancetta, double amount of parmesan and added creme cheese at end to make creamy as he had left rice to absorb bit too much but the taste was wonderful using the leftovers now there’s leftovers of this too and I still got half a crown if turkey left!! I’ve just got to contend with the washing up. Such an easy tasty make

  3. Ian Wright says:

    5 stars
    Hi Nicky. Love your recipes. Bought three of your book for my two daughters who are keen cooks and of course me. Lol
    Best wishes for the holiday season and the year ahead. Ian (Ottawa, Canada)

  4. Lynn says:

    5 stars
    Easy to make. I substituted pancetta with the Xmas gammon and added peas and some chestnuts. This was so tasty

  5. Amy says:

    5 stars
    I made this last night for dinner and it was yummy! I needed to use a bit more broth to get the risotto to fully cook. I àlso used chicken as that’s what we ate on Christmas. The flavor was delicious. I had planned on making a different recipe and then saw your video and made yours. I will make this again for sure!

  6. Sue says:

    5 stars
    Just used the leftover turkey in this gorgeous risotto! It was so, so delicious!
    Thanks Nicky and Chris!

  7. David Gregory says:

    5 stars
    Mouth wateringly tasty

  8. Carl says:

    5 stars
    Made this after Christmas, absolutely gorgeous!

  9. Janet Leighs says:

    Trying this recipe tonight with left over turkey but only have closed cup mushrooms – will let you know how it goes.

  10. MM says:

    5 stars
    I loved risotto and always looking for a new twist. I made this with leftover chicken and it didn’t disappoint. Will definitely try again with leftover turkey when I have some.