I have been hooked on a blog lately called pioneerwoman. She has great recipes, stories and pictures. The Tasty Green featured a recipe from this blog last week also. I try and make at least 1 brand new recipe a week. This is a little more complicated than I like to make, but really it's not complicated at all... just a few more ingredients/steps than I am used to. I promise, it is to totally worth it! This is a great comfort food and it makes a TON! (we had leftovers for another meal, plus 1 froze 2 bags worth for meals before baking)
Here is what you need:
1 lb chicken (or 2 cups cooked), 1 package of spaghetti, 3 cups of cheddar cheese, 2 cans cream of mushroom (or cream of chicken), chicken broth, can of diced tomatoes w/ onion and green pepper (original recipe called for: pimentos, medium onion and green pepper, diced instead) seasoning salt, chili powder (or red pepper)
Step #1: Boil spaghetti. Do not overcook b/c you will cook it later in the oven.
Step #2: Bake chicken until done (350 degrees for about 20 -30 minutes)
*Note: I did steps 1 and 2 earlier in the day so that there would be less time spent in the kitchen around dinner time
Step #3: Cut up chicken into bite size pieces.
Next, Measure out 2 cups of cooked chicken
Then, drain and dice your canned tomatoes
Put ingredients in bowl: spaghetti, chicken, tomatoes (or veggies of choice). I would recommend just putting it all back into the large pan you cooked your spaghetti in. You will notice later I had to dump mine back into a larger pan b/c it is so hard to stir in a med. sized bowl
Pour in 2 cans of cream of mushroom (or chicken) soup.
Then measure out 2 cups of cheese (you will save the extra 1 cup for the top)
Pour the cheese in the mixture.
Add about 1/2 cup of chicken broth.
Add your spices: 1/8 tsp. chili powder or cayenne pepper, 1 tablespoon seasoned salt and a dash of pepper. Mix well.
Now pour your spaghetti mixture into a casserole dish. Sprinkle 1 cup of grated cheese on top.
Put it in the oven at 350 degrees for about 30-45 minutes or until it is hot and the cheese is bubbling.
Like I said before, this is a great recipe to freeze as well. If you do not freeze any, the recipe will serve about 8 people.
Meal cost: $12-15
Per person cost- $1.50-$1.87