Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Chicken Spaghetti Casserole & 11/24 What's Cooking Wednesday

Oooh, I have a yummy recipe for you today! It was actually a test recipe of sorts. I had an idea in mind, a combo of 2 recipes, and decided to try it. It was mouth-watering good, if I do say so myself. I took a family recipe for Rotel Chicken Spaghetti and combined it with a Dorito Casserole recipe. So we have a nice Chicken Spaghetti Casserole!

First I pre-cooked some chicken breasts. I set them aside and then, so I didn't have another pan to clean, um, I mean, to add flavor, I cooked the spaghetti in the chicken water. Then drain the spaghetti.

Add the chicken that you cut/shredded into small pieces while the spaghetti was cooking. Oh, I didn't tell you that? Yea, multitask :)

Then add a can of Cream of Chicken Soup and cut the heat on the burner to medium.

Then a can of Rotel Tomatoes. Yea, this is the part where I realized we didn't have any so we made a quick trip to Dollar General. Ok, break time over... add the tomatoes :)

Ok, our family's greatest Secret Weapon. Well, I guess it's not secret anymore since I'm about to tell you. Tony Chachere's Cream of Mushroom Soup Seasoning. I DISLIKE (I won't say hate because I'll eat it if I have to) Cream of Mushroom Soup. The canned kind, because it has those chunks of mushroom in it. Blech! And when I was younger, if my mom didn't pick out the mushrooms, I spent half my dinner time picking out mushrooms. Until we discovered this seasoning. No chunky mushrooms, all the great taste! You add 1/2 cup of seasoning and 1 1/2 cup milk to recipes. You could use Cream of Mushroom soup though too. You'd probably want to add a little milk to reach your desired consistency.

It makes this pretty liquid-y. But that's what makes a GREAT sauce!

Then I cubed some Velveeta cheese (about 1/3-1/2 a block) and added it to the pan. My friend, Nichole, helped take action shots while I cooked. Try not to be jealous of my magic cheese... well, the camera put a haze around it so it looks magic :)

Stir the cheese in and let it melt some. I was going to let it melt all the way but then I got impatient and figured it would finish melting in the oven. Oh, BTW, preheat your oven to 350.

Then I put the mixture into a casserole pan and topped it with Dorito pieces.

Then we added MORE cheese... shredded cheddar, on top.

Tossed it in the oven until the cheese got all nice and melted on top :)

See how oooey-gooey good it looks? Oooopps, you can see where I snuck a chip.

Another closeup.... my mouth is watering just thinking about it!

Seriously, there was NOTHING left. Normally, we have some leftovers. But not tonight! Pretty much everyone went back for seconds! A HUGE success!

Alright now for a few favorites from last week!

Ok, it's no secret that I LOVE mexican food! I also really like lasagna (no cottage cheese please). So when I saw this recipe, I was oober excited! Over at Close to Home, they show us how to make a Tex-Mex Lasagna! It looks really good... I can't wait to try it out!

Jocelyn, over at Inside BruCrew Life, shares with us a TO DIE FOR recipe for Ultimate Reese's Cheesecake Brownie Bars! I mean, just look at them! Heaven on earth! I may have to run to the store so I can make these tomorrow!

Nancy, at Nancy Creative, shows us how to make some ROCKING Bacon-Cheese Pull Aparts. They look FANTASTIC! So simple to make! They would make a great appetizer for Thanksgiving!

There were SO many great recipes last week! To see more, be sure to head over to last week's What's Cooking Wednesday!

I can't wait to see what you've got for us today! If you've got some great Thanksgiving recipes, be sure to link them up fast so those of us slackers have last minute recipes ;)

Add as many recipes as you'd like! Look for featured ones next week too! Yours could be a favorite!

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Jocelyn said...

Thanks for featuring my ultimate reeses bars:-)

Susannah said...

OH Oh oh I think I love your blog! Thanks so much for telling me! I design and cut vinyl-- let me know if you ever want to collaborate for a project or giveaway!

LauraS said...

Thanks for the great comment! I am excited to try some of these recipes on your blog. Thanks!

Close to home said...

thanks for sharing my tex mex lasagna! it was quite tasty

Keli said...

We love chicken spaghetti! Thanks for the linkup!

Ashley said...

OMG that chicken spagetti casserole looks INSANE! I must have that right now. Happy Thanksgiving!

Ron Cooper said...

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Handy Man, Crafty Woman said...

Thanks for hosting. Happy Thanksgiving to you!

Lori said...

Courtney, your recipe looks AMAZING!!! Thanks for linking it up to Thrilling Thursday @ Paisley Passions :)

Gina Alfani said...

I'm your newest follower . . . your blog is AWESOME with so many fabulous recipes. Your What's Cooking Wednesday button will be included in my blog hop button collection.

Today has been a blog hop day and I have gotten stuck on your blog for quite a long time . . . I love it. I have no idea how I landed here, but I'm glad I did :-)

Hope you can check out my blogs when you get a chance . . . Gina

Nancy said...

Wow! so many recipes to make! They all look scrumptious! I'm a new follower from Remodelaholic's blog hop. I'd love a follow back.
Thanks for the yummy recipes!

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