Chicken Spaghetti

Chicken Spaghetti -- A Pinch of Joy

Chicken Spaghetti -- A Pinch of Joy

Chicken spaghetti is a versatile dish. 1) It can easily handle add-ins, like a 10 ounce package of frozen mixed vegetables or 8 ounces of sauted mushrooms 2) Can be wrapped and frozen for up to six months for make ahead meals, before or after baking. 3) Can be made ahead and kept covered and refrigerated for two days before baking – great for making in advance when you’ll have guests. 4) It’s perfect for a potluck – creamy, cheesy chicken and spaghetti will please everyone 5) Bake in disposable pans for a take in meal when someone is sick or in need. 6) Package in individual serving sized microwavable containers for a weeks worth of lunches or to warm when the family schedule is crazy.   A hardworking dish that everyone loves!

Chicken Spaghetti
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Creamy, cheesy comfort food that everyone loves!
Recipe type: Main Dish Casserole
Serves: 8 xervings
  • 2 cups cooked chicken
  • 16 ounces spaghetti
  • 2 cans Cream of Mushroom OR Cream of Chicken soup
  • 2 cups sharp Cheddar Cheese, shredded
  • ¼ cup finely diced green pepper
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 14 ounce can chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded, for topping
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Break spaghetti into 2-3 inch pieces. Cook according to package directions, until al dente.
  3. Combine all remaining ingredients except topping cheese.
  4. Drain spaghetti when done and mix with other ingredients.
  5. Spray 9x13 casserole pan with cooking spray. Place mixture in pan and top with remaining 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese.
  6. Bake for 45 minutes until bubbly.
Fettucini or regular spaghetti work best -- be sure to leave slightly underdone. Otherwise, the spaghetti will turn mushy as it bakes.

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Hot Tuna Sandwich

Hot Tuna Sandwich -- A Pinch of Joy
Hot Tuna Sandwich -- A Pinch of Joy

“What do you want for Valentine’s Day? “ Wheels asked one year.

“Mmmm, I don’t know,” I replied, buried deep in the grocery ad in preparation for a supply run. “Oh my goodness, not roses”. I said, looking at the dozen red roses pictured with an obscene figure following the dollar sign. “Growing conditions for roses were bad this year. I heard prices would be high but – wow! I’d rather have this.”   I offhandedly pointed to the picture of a case of tuna.  And laughed. And promptly left for the grocery store.

The following Thursday, Wheels left for the day about 5 am, as usual.   I came downstairs a couple of hours later.   A largish brown box sat in the middle of the kitchen counter. I’m used to finding strange things I did not put on that counter. But this sat there squarely and with purpose, not something placed hapharzardly as a “temporary” resting place. Upon closer inspection, I discovered a large envelope attached to the top. Wheels is famous (with me!) for his greeting cards and I lost myself in the Valentine sentiment it contained.

Curiosity began to tug. With all those sweet thoughts so tenderly expressed in the card, what awaited within that box??

The lid was thoughtfully pre-opened. I lifted it. Twelve silver circles gleamed back at me. With another twelve below. And two more layers below that. I lifted one for a closer look. And blinked. The others I lifted from the box said the same thing on the label. I stood there, puzzled.

48 cans of tuna.

My Valentine’s Day gift.

You saw that coming, didn’t you??

I didn’t.

Then it registered.   Wheels heard me. How could anyone not love a guy that really – really – listens. Ahhhh – Wheels. He’s a keeper. What can I say?

Here’s one of the recipes that caused the tuna to disappear quickly. Hot tuna sandwich is a staple for youth group meetings in some parts of the country. If you can, make the filling a day ahead to let the flavors meld. Buns can be hot dog or hamburger or the thin buns. Some like the buns buttered – I skip that step.  Sandwiches can be assembled and wrapped – even frozen for up to a month — before transporting and warming at the destination in the oven, on the grill or over the campfire. Good reheated too. The variations come from different moms and all are tasty.

Hot Tuna Sandwich
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Recipe type: Sandwich
Serves: 8
  • 2 5 ounce cans OR 2 4 ounce packets of tuna, drained and flaked
  • 3 hardboiled eggs, peeled and chopped
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar, large shreds or cubed
  • 1 small onion, minced
  • 2 tablespoons pickle relish
  • 1 rib celery, diced
  • 2 tablespoons olives, chopped (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons green pepper, chopped (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise, to moisten mixture. Add 1 – 2 more tablespoons if needed.
  • 8 hamburger buns OR 12 hotdog buns
  1. Mix all ingredients together, using 2 tablespoons of mayonnaise to start. If mixture seems dry, add mayo 1 tablespoon at a time until mixture clings together and seems moist. Cover and chill mixture until needed.
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  3. Split buns and fill with tuna mixture.
  4. Wrap each filled bun in aluminum foil and place on baking sheet.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes. Cheese will be melted and buns slightly crisp on top.
  6. Serve hot.

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