This week, I have been practicing a little bit of mindfulness. Trying to be productive while trying not to rush is a learned skill. I learned that part of being truly happy as a young professional is to build in a little bit of each day that is authentic to you. As Jon Acuff said in his latest book, Start, we all have to build our own Central Parks amid the urban sprawl of our professional lives (read that book!). Chicken Spaghetti Casserole was my Central Park today.
After spending my Sunday at work and exercising (super productive, right?), I decided that my husband and I needed a good, comforting supper. None of the turkey burger diet food I have feeding us lately! We needed cheese and spaghetti! So, I created this wonderful Chicken Spaghetti Casserole, inspired after the one my Dad’s new wife, Ann, made several weeks ago at his house. The cayenne pepper adds the perfect, smoky spice to balance out the creamy mushroom soup, tender chicken, and perfect pasta. It was so good that we both had seconds!
So, build a little Central Park into your busiest day. This no-fuss Chicken Spaghetti Casserole is sure to bring authentic comfort you and your loved ones any time.
- 2 cups shredded cooked chicken
- 1 package whole wheat spaghetti, cooked al dente
- 1/4 cup diced white onion
- 2 cups of reduced-sodium Campbell’s cream of mushroom soup
- 2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese
- 1/4 cup milk (optional)
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp seasoning salt, like Lawry’s
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 1 1/2 tsp cayanne pepper
- 1/2 cup shredded cheddar for topping
Preheat to 350.
Chicken and Pasta: For the chicken, you can use leftovers or parts of a shredded rotisserie chicken from the store. However, as a casserole purist, I always insist on poaching at least 3 chicken breasts in water and shredding them with forks. That always creates the perfect casserole chicken for me. Save the broth from the poached chicken breasts to cook your pasta until it is al dente.
When the pasta is done, mix together the chicken, pasta, and all ingredients into a large mixing bowl. Stir until thoroughly combined. Mine seemed very dry, so I added about a quarter cup of milk to ensure the noodles would not dry out in the oven.
When the ingredients are combined, place in a large casserole dish and bake for 30 minutes.
Serve, and enjoy! We ate ours while watching Downton Abbey. I am so glad that skinny girl and Matthew finally got married! What a great show.
I hope you enjoy this delightful, one-dish dinner that will give you leftovers for days. I am already looking forward to it.
Lots of Love,