Creamy turkey, bacon and brussels sprouts linguine (great for leftovers!)

A great way to use up Christmas leftovers - in a lovely creamy pasta dish. And it isn't even that bad for you with its carbonara-style egg-based sauce! Enjoy!
Course Main meal
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 738kcal
Author Helen


  • 16 ounces brussels sprouts washed, outer leaves peeled, and halved
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 4 tablespoons crème fraiche or cream
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • a handful of parmesan cheese plus extra for sprinkling
  • 3 slices of bacon or leftover ham, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves chopped
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme or about 3 sprigs fresh
  • 7 ounces leftover cooked turkey or chicken
  • 4.5 ounces linguine pasta or similar


  • Pre-heat the oven to 390F/200C.
  • Toss the brussels with a little oil on a baking tray or roasting dish, then grind over a bit of salt and pepper. Roast for 20 to 25 minutes, or until browned and crispy.
  • Meanwhile, whisk the egg yolks, crème fraiche (or cream), lemon zest and parmesan together, and set aside.
  • Cook the pasta according to the packet instructions.
  • While the pasta is cooking, fry the bacon in a little oil for seven or eight minutes or until lightly crispy, then add the garlic and thyme to the pan and cook for another minute or so.
  • Add the turkey/chicken to the pan and toss everything together until the chicken/turkey is heated through.
  • Drain the pasta, reserving some of the cooking water, then quickly return it to the pan (keep it off the heat).
  • Immediately add the turkey/chicken, brussels and bacon mixture to the pasta, followed by the egg/cream/parmesan mixture. Quickly toss the pasta around with tongs, adding enough of the reserved pasta water to leave you with a creamy, silky sauce. Serve immediately.


It's the heat from the pasta that cooks the eggs in the sauce without scrambling them. So make sure you toss everything together as soon as you've drained the pasta!


Calories: 738kcal | Carbohydrates: 71g | Protein: 39g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 308mg | Sodium: 378mg | Potassium: 1289mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 2450IU | Vitamin C: 193.7mg | Calcium: 174mg | Iron: 5.9mg