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Cheesy Chicken Noodle Casserole

  Feed a Crowd!

Cheesy Chicken Noodle Casserole is the perfect dish when you need some good down home comfort food to feed a crowd.  It’s rich and creamy and makes a lot!   This casserole will easily feed 6, with leftovers for lunches.   Have a smaller family?  Cut the recipe in half or freeze the extra.    If you have picky eaters this is easily adjusted to accommodate what they like.  I’s totally flexible and one of the reasons I like it so much.   Leave out the onion, or peppers, choose a different cream of soup flavour, or  add a bread crumb topping are just a few changes you can easily make.

Cheesy Chicken Noodle Casserole baked in a baking dish and served up on a white plate

I don’t often cook with canned soups or overly processed foods, but sometimes, when the comfort food craving hits, I go for it.  If that’s not something you’re okay with…. this probably isn’t the recipe for you.  However, if you want a delicious and comforting, budget friendly and a meal that your family is guaranteed to love?  You’re in the right place.

There is something about Velveeta that makes for the cheesiest, creamiest sauces, and in this recipe it’s perfect!

How do you make Cheesy Chicken Noodle Casserole?

diced red onion on a wooden cutting boardDice onions

diced red pepper on a wooden cutting board
Dice peppers
Cubed cooked chicken breast
Cut chicken into small bite sized pieces
Cooked noodles in a stainless steel pot
Cook pasta until al dente
Cubed velveeta cheese in pot with cooked pasta
Add cubed cheese to cooked pasta
Cooked noodles with red, green, and orange peppers, cheese and chicken
Add peppers and chicken to cheese and pasta and stir well
Pasta, Chicken, peppers and cheese in a white baking dish
Pour Pasta mixture into a greased baking dish and bake
Dinner is served
Yield: 16 cups

Cheesy Chicken Noodle Casserole

Cheesy Chicken Noodle Casserole

Chicken, peppers, onions and pasta baked in a cheesy sauce is the ultimate comfort food. This recipes feeds a crowd,

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds diced cooked chicken breast
  • 2 pounds Velveeta cheese, cubed
  • 1 each red, green, and orange bell pepper, diced
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 2 cans Cream of Mushroom soup
  • 2 cans Cream of Celery soup
  • 1 pound egg noodles
  • 1 pound Penne
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons coarsely ground black pepper

Instructions

    1. Bring water to boil then add noodles. Cook till noodles begin to soften but are still firm. Remember that noodles will continue to cook once they're mixed with other ingredients in the oven. If you are using a combination of egg noodles and penne, add the egg noodles after the penne has been cooking for about 4 minutes. Egg noodles cook much faster and you don't want them overcooked and mushy.
    2. While the pasta cooks, saute the onions and peppers. In a medium saucepan add 1 Tbsp butter and heat until melted. Add onions and peppers. Cook 3-4 minutes just until the begin to soften. Set aside.
    3. When pasta is cooked, drain most of the water from the noodles. Reserve about 1 cup of pasta water and add cubed Velveeta to noodles. Stir to begin mixing and melting.
    4. Add soup to pasta and cheese mix and stir together until well combined.
    5. Add chicken, onion, peppers, and seasonings. Mix well.
    6. Add casserole mixture to a large baking dish sprayed with non-stick cooking spray.
    7. Bake covered in 350 degree preheated oven for 30-45 minutes until casserole is heated all the way through.

    Tip: To check that the casserole is hot in the center, insert a metal skewer into the middle of the baked casserole. Remove and touch the skewer to see if it's warm.



Notes

You can use any type of pasta that you like. I like the combination of Egg Noodles and Penne which creates a nice texture. You can absolutely use only penne, ziti, rigatoni, or egg noodles.

Nutrition Information

Yield

16

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 430Total Fat 20gSaturated Fat 10gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 5gCholesterol 105mgSodium 1567mgCarbohydrates 29gFiber 2gSugar 7gProtein 32g

How to measure pasta:

 
Measuring pasta is a challenge at times as there are so many varieties.
 
Depending on the pasta’s shape, approximately 4 cups (500 grams) of dry pasta is equal to 1 pound of pasta. For this recipe you need 8 cups , or 1 large bag of dry pasta.
 
Once cooked, the pasta will double in volume. so you will have 16 cups cooked. Perfect for feeding a crowd or Intentional leftovers.

 

Meal Prepping Instructions:

 
This recipe is wonderful for Meal prepping and it makes a large sized casserole. I like to make this on Meal Prep day and have it ready for an easy meal that needs to reheating when I get home. Serve it with a crisp green salad, and some dinner rolls. I love that it reheats so well in the microwave for lunches and quick grab and go meals,
 
Cheesy Chicken Noodle Casserole is also freezer friendly if you wish. Once the casserole is ready, divide it into two oven aluminum containers. Wrap with foil, and then overwrap with cling film to avoid any freezer burn. Remove the casserole and defrost in the fridge overnight. Reheat the
 

Other Meal Prepping recipes to try:

 
Casseroles are an excellent choice when building your meal plan for the week. It’s not surprising that I have quite a few must make recipes in my collection. I love knowing that all I need to do when I get home is heat the oven, and pop a homemade casserole into the oven. While it reheats I have enough time to make a side dish or salad, set the table, and even relax for a few minutes.
 
By on December 28th, 2019
Lara Brooks

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