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Caroline’s favorite chicken spaghetti

So I have told y’all about my dear friend Angie haven’t I? She has a precious daughter named Caroline who is the same age as my oldest. We love those girls and they are like a part of our insane family. Bless ’em. Anyway, Angie loves to cook just like me and always love a new delicious recipe. Getting them and giving them out. She is from Monroe, so her roots are different than mine and that keeps our recipes very diverse and allows us to cover a broad range of yummy dishes. The other day they came over and she mentioned she was making Caroline’s favorite chicken spaghetti. I asked her how it was different than the regular chicken spaghetti and she said to was a little lighter than what she usually made, meaning no heavy cream of soups. I was on top of that and asked her to shoot me the recipe ASAP. She did and I made it for supper last night. Boy was I glad I did. BD ate two servings and had to stop himself from having another. It was so good. He then proceeded to go outside in this muggy Louisiana weather and weed the flower beds. He says he could have never done that if I had made the other chicken spaghetti (which he loves). So it is country boy approved and around here I can be Cajun Mama all day long, but if it doesn’t please BD, I am not getting far. Yes I just reread that statement and realize I sound like my Momou talking about my grandfather…or Pa as she called him. So be it. Anyway, this recipe really is a lighter take on the regular chicken spaghetti I make and this version is as delicious if not more so. Now, my kiddos were not game for trying it but truthfully I usually make a kid friendly version for them when I make the other kind, so I need to figure out one with this one. They ate cereal and were just fine. No kiddos starving here I promise. ūüôā
I hope y’all love this version just as much. The recipe came from the Tallulah Junior League cookbook called Brushy Bayou Recipes. It’s called Chicken Casserole V. Now y’all know those junior league cookbooks always have the best recipes. This one was published back in 1972, so the recipe needed a little updating so Angie and I both made a few slight changes to the recipe to bring it up to date. Give me your thoughts on it after you try it!!

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now you know that’s a good cookbook

Caroline’s Favorite Chicken Spaghetti

Stuff you need~

1 box vermicelli (you can use spaghetti)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 onion, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
1 rotisserie chicken, deboned and shredded or 4 chicken breasts, boiled and shredded (reserve water)
1 carton of chicken broth (I used reduced sodium)
1 jar of sliced mushrooms
2 (14.5 ounces) can of diced tomatoes
2 cups shredded cheddar

What to do with the stuff~

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
If you are boiling your own chicken, do that and then remove chicken breasts once it is done. Add chicken broth to that water, bring to a boil and cook your pasta. If you used a rotisserie chicken, then debone that sucker and just boil your pasta in the chicken broth. (Add water to the pot as needed to have enough liquid and reserve a little of the liquid after done boiling)
Ok, now in a skillet, add your olive oil and butter and warm over medium heat. Add your chopped veggies and sauté a few minutes until tender. Stir in the drained tomatoes and mushrooms. Cook over medium heat a few minutes. Now, I used a pasta scoop to add a little cooked pasta at a time to the pot. I used almost all of the pasta. Use a ladle to spoon in a little of the reserved broth. I found this helped the pasta to not dry out. Stir in your shredded chicken and then transfer to a 9 x 13 casserole dish. Sprinkle the shredded cheddar over the pasta. Bake at 350 for about 20-30 minutes until cheese is all melted and bubbly and the dish is warmed through.
Resist the urge to shove your face into the casserole dish. That melted cheese is really hot and eating straight out the casserole dish is considered “bad manners”. Use a plate please and enjoy!!!!!

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an oldie but goodie

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Cajun Mama’s Creamy Chicken Spaghetti

So first things first. ¬†I have told ya’ll that I am not from Shreveport originally. ¬†I know it seems like those 2 hours North of Alex. would not make that big a difference food wise. ¬†It does. ¬†Chicken spaghetti is ¬†a dish that I personally had not eaten or heard of before I came to Shreveport. ¬†In fact, when my good friend Leia was craving chicken spaghetti during her first pregnancy, I honestly thought she meant spaghetti sauce with chicken pieces in it. ¬†My mom made that when i was growing up. ¬†My daddy loved it. ¬†Spaghetti and meatballs and chicken in it. ¬†So I thought that was what she meant when she said she wanted chicken spaghetti. ¬†I was so wrong. ¬†They were kind about it and thought my naivety was endearing. ¬†So then one day, a sweet dear lady named Mama Kate sent me a local church cookbook and low and behold, it had a recipe for chicken spaghetti in it. ¬†So I made it. ¬†It was good but took a lot of time and at the time I was in college and didn’t have time for that. ¬†Around this time, my mom started making chicken spaghetti and she had her own way (which is usually fantastic and better) and it was so good. ¬†So over the years, my recipe sort of evolved and Big Daddy absolutely loves it. ¬†Good enough of an endorsement for me. ¬†I am quite certain everyone reading this has made chicken spaghetti before, but just in case you haven’t, let me warn you…this is one of those dishes that you will make repeatedly until you are sick of it because it is so good and easy. ¬†My kids love this dish, but not with the Rotel so I always pull some out before I add the mushrooms or Rotel. ¬†I always serve this with garlic bread and a nice big green salad. ¬†MMMMMMMM!!!

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Creamy dreamy chicken spaghetti 

 

Cajun Mama’s Creamy Chicken Spaghetti

Ingredients 

1 package of angel hair spaghetti

2 cans cream of mushroom soup

2 cans cream of chicken soup

1 jar of sliced mushrooms, drained

1 can Rotel tomatoes (I use mild but use the heat you want)

1 16 oz. package of Velveeta (I use the  2 % milk kind)

1 package of boneless chicken thighs, cooked and shredded (you can definitely use a rotisserie chicken if you choose)

Directions

Cook your chicken and shred.  Set aside.  Boil your pasta according to package directions.  Drain.  Pour pasta into a dutch oven.  Pour soups, Rotel, and  mushrooms into the pot.  Cut the velveeta into chunks and add that to the pot.  Now, over low heat, stir this all together.  You will need a strong spoon for this as this concoction is hard to stir until it is well combined.  Be sure to stir frequently as the pasta starts to stick to the bottom.  Continue to stir until the cheese is melted throughout and the pasta is well combined with the soups and cheese.  I like to sprinkle a little kosher salt and cracked black pepper over the finished product before serving.

There is really nothing to it.  Hope you love this dish as much as we do.  It is such a crowd pleaser!

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Me…so excited to get the Pioneer Woman’s new cookbook on the day it was released! ¬†I have no shame. ¬†ha ha

Cajun MAMA side note~That picture is the REAL me. ¬†No makeup. ¬†Hair not straightened. ¬†Dark marks on my skin left from my pregnancies showing. ¬†Totally excited expression and really quite goofy and cheeseball. ¬†Yep that’s me. ¬†I have never been one for pretense and these days even less so. ¬†It takes too much time and energy. ¬†Sure, I love to get dressed up and put on my makeup when I feel like it. ¬†When I do, the only person I am trying to impress is…me. ¬†It makes me feel good and the mood has struck me. ¬†Other than that, no thanks. ¬†I am my own genuine article just like you are. ¬†I embrace her frankly because I do not have the energy to force this into any other than its natural state. ¬† I am a little rough around the edges at times. ¬†I am ok with that. ¬†I would rather be seen that way than anyone ever accuse me of being anything less than real. ¬†In this journey we call life, I find it easiest to love me the way I am. ¬†I cannot be like anyone else. ¬†It is too much trouble. ¬†So I give myself permission to like me just the way I am. ¬†I give you ¬†permission to. ¬†Now…there is a bracelet that my friend tagged me in a picture of that said “hide your crazy”. lol!! ¬†Now, I want that bracelet so I can remind myself to reign myself in when I get a little TOO authentic and real. ¬†But no Kardashian life for me. ¬†I am not polished. ¬†I am not posh. ¬†And seeing the train wreck that is the Kardashians these days, why would anyone want to be that? ¬†Who wants to keep up with the Kardashians? ¬†They can hardly keep up with themselves. ¬†That is a hard lonely life they are leading. ¬†No thanks. ¬†I will keep being the authentic hot mess that I am, cheesing it up in the Barnes and Noble because I got a new cookbook. ¬†There is no glamour in that, but there is peace and contentment. ¬†So be real my friends. ¬†Be you. ¬†Embrace your emotions, your true self. ¬†Love that. ¬†It is perfect as is.