Turkey Pie Mac & Cheese — Week 8: Holiday Time

Mac & Cheese is an integral part of North American cuisine. For example, in many families in the United States, it would be unthinkable to serve a Thanksgiving turkey without macaroni and cheese.

On a Holiday Time theme, with its traditional turkey and leftovers, I decided to make a turkey pie Mac & Cheese, with peas, carrots, a creamy béchamel sauce, lots of gruyere, Parmesan and, of course, turkey.

Sure to please the whole family after a day of winter activities.


  1. Preheat oven to 400 °F (200 °C).

  2. In a pot, melt the butter and soften the onions, garlic, celery and carrots for 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.  
  3. Add flour and stir for 1 minute, making sure the flour doesn’t brown.  
  4. Gradually add milk and chicken stock, beating with a whisk to obtain a smooth sauce. Simmer for 15 minutes, stirring regularly until the sauce thickens.

  5. Add the turkey and half the gruyere, and then the pasta. Season with salt and pepper.
  6. Pour into an ovenproof dish.
  7. Top with the rest of the gruyere and the Parmesan. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden.

Johanne Depelteau

Longueuil, Quebec

Johanne, a passionate lover of the culinary arts, has been working in television broadcasting, publishing, magazine writing and advertising for many years.

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