Tonight’s Casserole

I just realized that I have left you without a recipe for months now. I can just imagine the bags of empty Doritos and freezer full of TV dinners. Completely my fault- I’m sorry.

For this evening, may I suggest a warm and cozy casserole? Ideal for cold winter nights and weekend dinners as it takes a bit more time to make than my normal 30 minutes or less recipes.

Chicken, Spinach, and Noodle Casserole 

Ingredients

  • Chicken, Spinach Casserole6  tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/4  cup all-purpose flour
  • 4  cups whole milk (we used 2% b/c the thought of whole milk makes me gag)
  • 1  cup sour cream
  • kosher salt and black pepper
  • 12  ounces egg noodles
  • 4  slices sandwich bread (we used bread crumbs b/c I didn’t feel like making them myself…let’s call it a “time saver”)
  • 2  cups shredded cooked chicken or rotisserie chicken
  • 5  ounces baby spinach, chopped
  • 2  teaspoons dried thyme

 

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 400° F. Melt 4 tablespoons of the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the flour and cook, stirring, until foamy, 1 to 2 minutes (do not let the mixture darken). Slowly whisk in the milk. Bring to a simmer and cook, whisking often, until thickened, 3 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat and whisk in the sour cream, 1 teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper.
  2. Meanwhile, cook the noodles according to the package directions; drain and return them to the pot. Pulse the bread in a food processor until coarse crumbs form. (If you’re using bread crumbs, skip this step!) Melt the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter in a microwave-safe bowl.
  3. Add the milk mixture, chicken, spinach, and thyme to the noodles and toss to combine. Transfer to a 9-by-13-inch or some other 3-quart baking dish, sprinkle with the bread crumbs, and drizzle with the melted butter.
  4. Bake until the bread crumbs are golden and the filling is bubbling, 8 to 10 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes before serving. *Note: If you’re using pre-made bread crumbs they do not really turn a golden color. Go by the filling bubbling to know when it is done.

Enjoy!

 

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