It’s hard trying to think up a fabulous meal to take to people when someone has had a baby, had surgery or for bereavement. Until now.
I have the magical recipe that was prepared over the weekend for friend Ashley who just had her fifth baby. And it’s going to another friend with five children who’s having surgery. (I know people with smaller family size. I promise). So it makes enough to feed a small crowd.
Here it is. Lisa Fischer’s Best Chicken Spaghetti recipe. Bacon is involved. Okurrrrr? Now you see why it deserves that moniker.
Best Chicken Spaghetti
- 6 cups of cooked chicken (like you get at the fancy Krogers where they sell it cooked and chopped).
- 16 oz. cooked pasta of your choice (angel hair is good)
- 2 cups of sharp cheddar cheese, grated
- 2 cups of Velveeta, grated
- 12 slices of bacon, cooked and crumbled
- 1 yellow onion, diced
- 4 carrots, diced
- 4 stalks of celery, diced
- 4 TB. of butter
- 1 32 oz. thingie of chicken stock (if you want to add more, you can. So get two at the grocery store. Just in case. I don’t want you people running out of something)
- 2 cans of cream of chicken soup
- 1 cup of half-and-half
- 2 packages of dry Ranch dressing mix
- Salt and pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 350. Grease a big rectangular roasting pan. (My 9X13 wasn’t big enough so I had to use something bigger.)
Saute the mirepoix (which is a fancy French word for the three veggies: the trinity of veggies-onion, carrots and celery) in butter until soft.
Add the chicken stock. Add the cream of chicken soups, the half-and-half and the Ranch dressing mixes.
Put the cooked pasta in that big pan I told you to grease in the beginning. Then add the cooked chicken. And mix it up. Like use tongs and mix, mix, mix.
Now put the sauted goodies that are in the saute pan on top of all of it.
Top it with the holy cheeses (this recipe clearly gets you closer to the Lord). Add the chopped bacon.
Bake for 30 minutes at 350. This easily serves 12-16 people.
If you prefer, you can cut the ingredients in half if you only want to serve eight people. But I suggest making it in two baking dishes and freezing one or giving one away. And remember Lisa’s Tip to Preserving Friends and Avoiding Enemies: when you take a meal to someone, always put it in disposable dishes so they don’t cuss you when you leave because they’ll have to get your dish back to you.