Thursday, April 15, 2010

Dinner Thursday (Until I Think of a Better Title...)

This week I made a recipe which I found on this website.  I've found this website to be an incredible resource.  Both in terms of yummy recipes (have I ever told you about the mocha icing brownies?) as well as cooking techniques and just feeling more comfortable with "ad libing" on a recipe.  Tonight I tried out her "Chicken Spaghetti," which is actually a lot more exciting than the name suggests.  And speaking of ad libing, I made a few alterations to the recipe tonight.  I'll try to remember them all and include them below.  I'm not sure if I've already addressed this on here, but I often feel like I am cooking at a grocery store.  When I first looked at this recipe I saw "1 jar diced pimentos" and thought "Who has those?"  Then I went to the cupboard and there it was.  What a joy it is to have the privilege of cooking here!

Chicken Spaghetti

  • 2 cups, Cooked Chicken (I used boneless skinless chicken breasts rather than a fryer chicken)
  • 3 cups Dry Spaghetti, Broken Into Two Inch Pieces
  • 2 cans Cream Of Mushroom Soup
  • 2 cups Grated Sharp Cheddar Cheese
  • ¼ cups Finely Diced Green Pepper
  • ¼ cups Finely Diced Onion
  • 1 jar (4 Ounce) Diced Pimentos, Drained
  • 2 cups Reserved Chicken Broth From Pot (I pulled out some of the chicken bullion for this before cooking the spaghetti)
  • 1 teaspoon Lawry's Seasoned Salt
  • ⅛ teaspoons (to 1/4 Teaspoon) Cayenne Pepper (I didn't have any Cayenne Pepper so I used chili powder instead)
  • Salt And Pepper, to taste (I actually didn't need to add any salt or pepper)
  • 1 cup Additional Grated Sharp Cheddar Cheese
Preparation Instructions
Cook 1 cut up fryer and pick out the meat to make two cups. Cook spaghetti in same chicken broth until al dente (I used chicken bullion to cook the spaghetti in). Do not overcook. When spaghetti is cooked, combine with remaining ingredients except additional 1 cup sharp cheddar.
Place mixture in casserole pan and top with remaining sharp cheddar. Cover and freeze up to six months, cover and refrigerate up to two days, or bake immediately: 350 degrees for 45 minutes until bubbly. (If the cheese on top starts to get too cooked, cover with foil).

Serves 8.

And voila!  

Dinner is served.:o)

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