Our Gourmet dry mixes should be looked at as a base for lots of different recipes. Last night I got "creative" with our pastalaya mix and the results were great! I knew I had to share this casserole with you, when the men in my life went back in the kitchen for second helpings! In fact, my husband packed himself a take along for lunch today!
So let's get started!
- 2 packages of Denicola's Pastalaya Gourmet Mix
- 4 cups of water
- 2 cups of chicken broth
- 2 pounds of chicken, raw or cooked, chopped into bite size pieces
- 2 cans of cream of chicken soup
- 1 cup of mozzarella, split into 1/2 cup portions
- 1 cup of parmesan cheese, split into 1/2 cup portions
Prepare the Pastalaya per package instructions, adding the 2 bags of mix to 4 cups of water, plus two cups of broth in a pot on your stovetop. (Use a 4 -5 quart pot because the pasta will expland!) Bring this to a boil and add chicken. Lower heat to low medium, stirring often. Cook for 15 minutes, until pasta is "al dente". It should be slightly undercooked.
Preheat oven to 350 F
Next, in a large bowl combine cooked Pastalaya, 2 cans of cream of chicken soup, and 1/2 cup of mozzarella cheese and 1/2 cup of Parmesan. Mix thoroughly and pour into a greased casserole dish.
Top pasta with remaining cheese and place in oven until bubbling and lightly browned. This should take about 30 minutes.
Enjoy this comfort food guaranteed to fill up your family and put smiles on their faces!