Sunday, October 4, 2015

Easy Chicken Noodle Casserole

When I woke up this morning, it was a typical October Sunday: 49 degrees with a fall breeze, clouds covering the sky, and not a single ounce motivation to leave the apartment. I didn't even change clothes. I stayed in my sweatpants, fixed some warm coffee, and swaddled myself in a blanket on the couch, where I remained all afternoon. It was one of those days where you eat chili for dinner and drink hot chocolate while you read a book. It was a hot tea, grilled cheese, and tomato soup kind of day. But when you're a college kid with only a package of uncooked noodles, some leftover chicken, frozen veggies, random spices in the pantry, and about half a gallon of milk left in the fridge, your options become instantly limited.

But limited or not, my roommates and I wanted a warm autumn dinner, the kind of dinner to fit with our comfort-filled day of relaxation. So I improvised (as I usually do when I don't know what else to do), and if I do say so myself, it turned out pretty good!

Here's what you'll need: 

~Egg Noodles
~Frozen Peas, Carrots, Corn, and Green Beans
~Cream of Mushroom Soup
~Cream of Chicken Soup
~1/2 Onion

My chicken was left over, so make sure your chicken is cooked prior to preparation.

As for the process, it's pretty easy! Just cook the noodles as you normally would (or according the package), and combine the rest of the ingredients into a large bowl. Once the noodles have cooked, drain them and then add them to the mixture. Stir them in well. Pour the whole mixture into a casserole dish, cover, and bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes. Then uncover and cook for about 10 more minutes (or until heated throughout the casserole).

I paired my dish with warm biscuits (for a chicken and dumplings type of meal) but it's great all on it's own. It's super easy, and it's great for days like today! It can also be refrigerated for leftovers and frozen for the next time you have a day where it's too cozy to get out or you're feeling under the weather. Just heat it up and you're ready to go!


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