Saturday, March 20, 2010

Cheesy chicken broccoli casserole

This recipe is far from gourmet. What it is, however, is a great way to use up left over soup. I made a batch of creamy broccoli soup for lunch the other day. It makes a TON of soup. I kinda forgot about the soup being in the fridge until today. Wow. 4+ cups of cheesy broccoli soup, what ever should I do with this??

If you answered make a casserole, you'd be spot on! That's exactly what the Kitchen Witch did. Broccoli cheese soup is the base, additional broccoli florettes add color, texture and really emphasize the broccoli in the casserole with chicken, noodles and a crunchy bread crumb topping.

To change it from left overs to a casserole I added a few herbs and spices: poultry seasoning to enhance the chicken and ground dry mustard to play with the broccoli (its not mustard-y in the slightest, the mustard just makes the broccoli and cheese taste better). The result was pretty darn good if I do say so myself. And if you don't believe me, ask my husband. He had 2 plates full and is looking forward to left overs for lunch tomorrow.

Cheesy chicken and broccoli casserole
Serves 6
2 chicken breasts sliced thin
1/3 red bell pepper diced fine
2 heads broccoli, florettes removed (save stems for soup!)
4 cups broccoli cheese soup (homemade)
OR can sub. 2 cans broccoli soup and 2 cans milk AND 6 oz cheddar cheese shredded
1 t poultry seasoning
1 T dry mustard
S&P
3 cups uncooked egg noodles
1 c milk
bread crumbs, about 1/2 cup
2 T butter dotted over top of casserole

Mix the soup with mustard powder and poultry seasoning. Add veggies and sliced chicken, stir well. Add milk and noodles, stir to combine. Pour into a sprayed casserole dish. Top with bread crumbs and dot top with butter. Bake at 350* for 1 hour or until bubbly in center and browned on edges.



No nutrition on this one folks, it was way to complex for me to figure out but based on my best estimates I'd say that its about 450 calories a serving. Not too bad for a cheesy casserole! If you really need a detailed nutrition information let me know & I'll get it figured out ~ Andrea the Kitchen Witch

2 comments:

Michelle said...

This looks really yummy. :o) What a great way to eliminate the need for "cream of --" soup!

Jenn said...

Great idea on using up the leftover soup. I mean you could do it with any type of soup really...hhhmmmm....ideas, lots of ideas! Looks fantastic (as always) Andrea!

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