Saturday, May 12, 2012

Cheesy Chicken Pasta Bake

I found this recipe for a cheesy tuna lasagna on Allrecipes.com and did a little tweaking. This will serve three.

Ingredients

1/2 medium onion, chopped
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 (12 ounce) can tuna, drained and flaked
1/2 (10.75 ounce) can condensed cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
1/4 cup milk
1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/8 teaspoon pepper
4-1/2 lasagna noodles, cooked and drained
3/4 cup small curd cottage cheese
1/4 pound sliced mozzarella cheese
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese


In a large saucepan, saute onion in butter until tender. Stir in the tuna, soup, milk, garlic salt, oregano and pepper until combined. Spread 3/4 cupful into a greased 11-in. x 7-in. x 2-in. baking dish. Layer with three noodles (trimming if necessary), 3/4 cup tuna mixture, half of the cottage cheese and a third of the mozzarella cheese. Repeat layers. Top with remaining noodles, tuna mixture and mozzarella. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees F for 25-30 minutes or until bubbly. Let stand for 10-15 minutes before serving.

So my big swap was to use chicken instead of tuna and then egg noodles instead of lasagna noodles. You could make this as it reads and I am sure it would be delicious also, but recipes are just a guide, don't feel you have to follow them exactly. Unless you are baking, which is why I don't bake.

So preheat your oven, get some water boiling for the noodles, and lets grab some ingredients!
Cheesy Chicken Pasta Bake
You will need some noodles, cream of mushroom soup, garlic, oregano, cottage cheese, milk, onion, parmesan cheese, sliced cheese and some chicken or tuna. In the background you see my husband on the phone with my nephew going over his spelling words for the week. My husband is so awesome, he calls my nephew in PA to go over his words every day, they also chat about boy stuff like cars, hot sauce and video games. My niece and nephews lost their Dad to cancer last summer, so this time on the phone is really important to my nephew. So as you can see my husband rocks and it is totally forgivable that he did not even try this meal because it has chicken in it. ;)

Chop your onion and lets get this meal going!
chicken and onion
Get your noodles in the water and then get some oil or butter in a saute pan. If you are using the tuna just start cooking your onion, but if you are using chicken, get that in the pan and cook until the chicken is browned and the onion is soft.

ready to go in
Get everything else measured and on stand by to be thrown in the pan.

getting good
Stir in the tuna, soup, milk, garlic, oregano and some salt and pepper.

noodles
Check on your noodles, get them out when they are done to your liking

ready to bake
Stir those into the soup and chicken mixture.

noodles Spread half of the chicken mixture in the bottom of a greased casserole, preferably an adorable Pyrex dish.

cottage cheese
Add in a layer of the cottage cheese.

layer of provolone
Add in a layer of sliced cheese, this is getting awesome!

so much goodness
Add in another layer of the cottage cheese, I said this was cheesy and I meant it!

cheese on
Top with the rest of the chicken mixture and some parmesan cheese. Pop this in the oven for about a half an hour and then clean up your kitchen. Or just go read a book.

Cheesy Chicken Pasta Bake
This looks delicious all baked and crispy on the top

Cheesy Chicken Pasta Bake
Look at all that gooey and wonderful cheese. I really don't know how my husband turned this one down, but he just won't eat chicken. I hope you give this a try and I also hope you all have a great weekend.

11 comments:

  1. That cheesy sauce looks amazing!

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  2. Your husband might have to give this a second try! Hope you're having a wonderful weekend!

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  3. I looovvee cottage cheese but have never tried it with pasta. It looks good!

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  4. oh wow it does look good! cant believe anyone would turn it down! thanks for sharing this recipe..i want to follow your blog but i couldn't see any gfc or bloglovin :o !

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  5. that's cheese plus cheese plus deliciousness and I can't stop looking at it

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  6. So cheesy! Perfection, perfection, perfection :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  7. Um, pretty sure you had me at cheese! Looks delicious!

    Hope you had a great weekend!

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  8. Love the step by step photos, and this chicken pasta bake sounds very good!

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  9. Oh yum, this looks so good. I love lots of cheese too! And that is really cool of your hubs to call him everyday...very sweet :) I'm sure it really means alot to your nephew.

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  10. My kids love gooey cheesy pasta like this! And I love the crispy chese on top! :-)

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  11. All that cheese? Please! This looks right up my alley!

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