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Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Cheesy Texan Casserole by Missy

2 cups cooked chicken (shredded or cubed)
1 can Campbell's Cheddar Cheese soup
1/2 cup sour cream
1 can diced tomatoes in juice (undrained)
1 tbs green chile peppers (add to your liking)
1 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp of both salt and pepper
6 cups cooked Piccolini Mini Pasta
The pasta box serves 8 so I scooped out 6 cups of cooked pasta, stirred, and added a few more as I gauged the sloppiness of everything mixed together.

Cook chicken and pasta and set aside. Mix together in a separate bowl the soup, sour cream, tomatoes, green chile peppers, onion pwd, salt and pepper. Stir in the cooked chicken. Finally add the 6 cups of cooked pasta (feel free to add more if you think it's too sloppy). If you are planning to freeze this dish you will need to under cook the pasta a bit, add all of the wet ingredients, and place in the freezer safe container of your choice. I gave this to our group with all of the wet ingredients mixed together in a gallon freezer bag and the box of pasta to cook on the day of preparation.

Serving Day:
On cooking day you will cook the pasta as directed and add the bag of wet ingredients to 6 cups of cooked pasta. You can warm the wet ingredients in a skillet and add pasta to that or combine all ingredients in an oven safe dish and place it in the oven at 350 for 30 min or until warm and bubbly. Either way, you will have a warm and yummy meal to ENJOY!

I got the main idea for this recipe from and loved what they had to offer! They did this meal using a box of Velveeta Shells and Cheese (it only served 4). If you did this, you would not use the pasta and can of cheese soup, as in my recipe.

Also you can substitute the can of Campbell's Cheddar Cheese soup for Campbell's Nacho Cheese soup which is a bit spicier and makes the dish zesty delicious.

You can also substitute the tomatoes and green chile peppers for 2 cups of the salsa of your choice.


  1. Kids weren't thrilled, but grown-ups liked it fine. Smell is kinda strong when you cook it. It re-heats really well for tasty leftovers! Good "comfort food." Love the mini-size bowties! :)

  2. My family really liked this meal. They actually thought the mini-bow tie's were fun. Overall, a great easy meal that re-heats well. Yes, we had extra's!

  3. We ALL liked this meal!
    *Thank you for keeping the pasta seperate, it actually helped to please everyone. Ella doesn't like her food mixed, but she loves pasta. So it was nice to be able to pull her portion out before adding the sauce.

  4. Yum, Yum! Just had leftovers spiced up with red pepper flakes for my lunch!

  5. Thumbs up! We all enjoyed this meal. We baked ours. I really appreciated that my youngest ate it up quickly and we were able to get to the baseball field on time!!! Thanks Missy!

  6. We all liked this so much. It was so good, that I made it the next night for my other freezer group. Thank you so much for a great meal and idea!

  7. We enjoyed this meal quite a lot. Again, thanks for keeping the pasta separate. Olivia wasn't thrilled with the taste, so we just ended up giving her plain buttered pasta. Both girls loved the little bow-tie pasta. Thanks for a yummy, fun meal!

  8. We all like this meal, but it could have been spicier to go with the "mexican" label. I'll have to try some variations. Thanks Missy, you saved me on another crazy night. I appreciate your meals!!

  9. This was tasty. It could have been a little more spicy for our family.

  10. We really enjoyed this. I thought it was going to be more spicy than it was and I loved that it wasn't. YUMMY!! Yet, another meal that was eaten in St. Louis and enjoyed by family.