Sunday, January 11, 2009
This dish is one of my kids favorites.
They ask for it often.
And I make it often.
Because I am their cooking slave.
And because it is easy.
Let's get started.
What you will need:
3 cups of dry Angel Hair Pasta (broken into 2 inch pieces)
4-6 chicken breasts (or 1 whole Chicken cut up)
2 cups of chicken broth reserved from the pot
1 can Cream of Mushroom Soup
1 can Cream of Chicken Soup
3 cups of grated sharp cheddar cheese
1 tsp. of Lawry's seasoning salt
Salt and pepper to taste
(optional: green pepper, onion, pimentos)
First, fill your pot with water and boil your chicken.
Boil it until done.
I tend to boil my chicken really done.
I am a little scared of salmonella.
Just a little.
Once the chicken is cooked, take each piece out of the pot with tongs and place them in your colander.
Do not drain the water from the pot!
Repeat: Do not drain the water from the pot.
Instead set aside 2 cups of the broth in a measuring cup.
I will let you know when you will need it.
Put the pot of brothy water back on the burner to cook your pasta in.
Break up your pasta into 2 inch pieces.
Stack them neatly and methodically in a measuring cup and be sure you have exactly 3 cups.
Okay the neat and methodical is how I do it, but you can just throw it in there if it makes you happy.
Cook your pasta.
If you are using angel hair, it usually takes about four minutes.
Do not overcook.
While your pasta is cooking, go ahead and chop up your chicken.
You should have about 2 cups of cooked chicken.
When your pasta is done, mix it with the remaining ingredients.
Namely the chicken, the soups, the seasoning salt, and the salt and pepper.
Oh and Hello! The cheese. Just two cups though. Save the third cup for later.
Stir the mixture up and begin adding the reserved chicken broth gradually.
I told you I would tell you when you would need it.
You want the mixture to be moist and creamy, but not soupy.
Spoon the mixture into a greased 9x13 casserole dish.
Top with the last cup of cheese.
Place this dish of delish in a preheated 350 degree oven for about 45 minutes.