An Old Stand By: Chicken and Noodles

17 Aug

Have I even mentioned how much I LOVE cream of chicken soup? It is so versatile and delicious. This is a dinner that I like to make when there isn’t a lot in the house (although today I had to run to the store for some ingredients…). It is a really easy recipe that reminds me of childhood. Until I was a freshman in high school, my Dad worked pretty late at his job so my Mom was in charge of dinner. One of the few memorable meals that my Mom cooked for me would be rice or pasta with cream of chicken soup. She didn’t do a lot of cooking, but she had a few tried-and-true child-friendly recipes in her arsenal. This is a variation on that theme, but this is my adult kicked-up version. I posted a photo of this dinner several months ago, but I realized I neglected to include the recipe. So here it is!

Ingredients:
-2 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts
-1 pound of pasta (I like to use fun pasta for this dish. Usually something curly.)
-2 cans Campbell’s Healthy Request cream of chicken soup
-1 bag Bird’s Eye Steamfresh sweet green peas
-olive oil
-seasoned salt (I use Lawry’s)
-cayenne pepper

Instructions:
1. Dice chicken breasts into 1/2″-1″ cubes.
2. Start boiling water for your pasta. Make sure your pasta pot is big enough to put the rest of the ingredients in later.
3. Heat up a skillet and add a little olive oil–enough to coat the bottom of the pan.
4. Cook chicken through and set aside.
5. Microwave bag of peas (you could also use frozen or canned–I just like these best and they are super convenient).
6. When the pasta is al dente, drain and return to pot.
7. Add cooked chicken, cooked peas, and 2 cans of soup to the pot. Stir it up!
8. Season with Lawry’s (to taste) and cayenne pepper for a little kick.
**Note: If you feel like the pasta is a little too sticky after you add the soup, throw in a little chicken broth and that will give you a lovely consistency.

Galetti

I used galetti pasta this time which kind of looks like a large macaroni elbow with a little swizzle on the top. It was a delight. Some of my other favorite pasta shapes for this dish include penne, fusilli, farfelle (bow ties), or wagon wheels.

The Finished Product

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2 Responses to “An Old Stand By: Chicken and Noodles”

  1. Carla August 26, 2010 at 7:56 am #

    Another delicious recipe and it is so simple. I think that I will make it for dinner tonight. Thanks again for sharing.

  2. Carla August 26, 2010 at 7:57 am #

    Another delicious recipe and it is so simple. I think that I will make it for dinner tonight.

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