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Western Chicken Spaghetti

Posted By Jen On January 6, 2013 @ 1:30 pm In Casseroles,Chicken Dishes,Freezer Cooking,Main Dishes,Recipes | 8 Comments



Asking my husband to go out and grab something from our “Redneck freezer, [3]” is asking for a talking to, but I did it anyhow. Yes, that freezer is so stuffed, that when he went out,  I prayed  the chicken would be right near the top, or his frustration level would be sky high.

It wasn’t. Near the top, that is.

He had to dig through the blocks of thawed and then refrozen ice… in our redneck freezer… in our shed… in the winter. Not a recipe for cozy delight.

As he returned, he eyed me, “You need to do another one of those things. You know that thing where you don’t shop for the month and we eat up everything we already have, but never use? You’ve done it the last few January’s?”

I sighed, “You mean my Pantry Challenge?” [4]

“Yes, that.”

“Yep, I NEED too. I just don’t think I WANT too.”

So as I get up the motivation to do what I NEED to do, my Pantry and Freezer Challenge [4], even though I don’t WANT too, I’ll share a recipe that I always start with since  I certainly have those ingredients in the house.

It’s my test drive. I use recipes like this a lot during the winter, since I don’t have to “think” much when I make it. It always tastes good, and I can throw in extra ingredients, like some more veggies, if I am trying to use them up. Since I follow my 10 Minute Dinner philosophy, I already have chicken cooked and baggied up in my freezer (read “Cooking Chicken in Bulk [5]“), as well as some chopped onions, it’s only a matter of thawing those, throwing them into my skillet and continuing from that point in the recipe.

As you look at the list of ingredients, don’t gasp when you see Velveeta. I don’t cook with it on a regular basis, but one of my favorite appetizers consists of sausage, salsa, Velveeta and Cream Cheese.

Yep, it’s completely sinful and addicting. We only have it a couple times a year, but it is football season, so that one needs to be made. It’s tradition. Velveeta just melts so creamy in this casserole, but you may easily substitute real cheese and “healthify (my word) it. If substituting real cheese, which I often do, mix in some softened cream cheese or cooking  cream to give it that creamy texture.

This yummy casserole has just enough zip to it that it gives a perfect twist on the tradition spaghetti. Make sure and double this for another meal, since it freezes and reheats well.

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