A co-worker recently had a baby. She’s got 3 other kids already, and a husband who is a police officer and works long hours. For her birthday last week, I made her two caseroles that she can freeze and make on one of those days, when she just doesn’t feel like cooking, but still has 4 hungry mouths looking at her!
Chicken Noodle Casserole
- 2 pounds chicken (I use bone-in, skin-on breast meat)
- 1 pound spaghetti
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 1 small bell pepper, chopped
- 2 cans cream of mushroom soup
- 1 tsp season salt
- 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
- 4 oz pimentos, diced
- 3 c. cheddar cheese, grated
- salt and pepper to taste
Begin by cooking chicken. Place in stock pot and cover with water, bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until chicken is cooked (not pink inside), about 20-30 minutes.
Remove chicken from stock pot using tongs or slatted spoon.
Set aside 2 c. of broth. (PS: Don’t mind the mess in the background of this pic. I warned you I’m a messy cook!)
Break spaghetti noodles into 2 inch (ish) pieces. Returning chicken broth to boil, cook spaghetti until al dente. Drain, and set aside. (You can discard the remaining broth.)
Remove chicken meat from bones. Using two forks, shred chicken meat into bite size pieces.
Place cooked spaghetti into large mixing bowl. Add soup. Add 2c. cheese. And mix.
Add onions, bell peppers, pimentos. Mix well.
Add season salt, cayenne pepper. Add additional black pepper and salt to taste.
Add in set aside chicken broth, slowly. You want this to be creamy, not soggy. You may not need all 2 c. of the broth. Stir everything together well.
Place into large casserole dish and top with remaining 1 c. cheese. Bake at 350 for 35-45 minutes, until bubbly.
I don’t have a picture of this cooked, because I didn’t bake it. Before baking, cover it tightly and it can be placed in the freezer for up to about a month.
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