Cheesy Chicken Spaghetti

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This cheesy chicken spaghetti recipe will a hit throughout the week, because it is tasty with a cheesy béchamel sauce, and fast to prep and bake. This baked pasta recipe doesn’t use any overwhelmingly hard-to-find ingredients; you may have many of the items already in your pantry, like spaghetti, Italian seasoning, flour, onions, and garlic. This chicken pasta recipe also uses pre-cooked chicken, which means you can use meat from a leftover rotisserie chicken, leftover chicken breast, thigh meat, whatever you have on hand. Once the spaghetti sauce is made, everything just gets tossed together, topped with cheese, and thrown in the oven. For even faster evening dinner preparation, you could pre-cook the spaghetti noodles and the sauce, and store them separately in the refrigerator until you are ready to use them. You wouldn’t want to store the spaghetti in the sauce, or else the noodles may soak up the moisture and cause your pasta casserole recipe to be dry.

This cheese and chicken spaghetti recipe uses a very different spaghetti sauce than usual. There are no tomatoes in the sauce; rather it is a béchamel sauce that is very similar to Alfredo sauce recipes with a generous amount of parmesan cheese in the mix. This cream sauce recipe involves cooking flour out in butter, then whisking in the milk, spices, and cheese. It is integral to a good cream sauce always to cook the flour out before adding any liquid because the undercooked flour will lend a starchy flavor to your sauce. A good rule of thumb is to set a timer for three minutes so that you make sure the flour has enough time to toast. The parmesan cheese is a crucial element to this sauce recipe, providing a salty nuttiness and complexity to the overall dish. For the best taste, always use imported shredded parmesan rather than the canned variety. No matter which you choose, both the canned and the fresh shredded parmesan cheese nutrition contains very high amounts of saturated fat and high levels of sodium. The key is to use this flavourful cheese in modest amounts so that you don’t overdo it on its more negative nutrient points. In the case of this spaghetti recipe, only a third cup of cheese is used for a dish that serves an entire family, which is the perfect marriage between taste and moderation.

Easy delicious pasta recipes are not hard to come by, but unfortunately, many people still wind up trapped in their weekly meal plan and making the same dishes. To switch things up, this baked spaghetti recipe doesn’t go so far out of the box that you won’t feel comfortable incorporating it into your dinner planning but is original enough that it will be a dish your whole family will enjoy. With the garlicky béchamel, chopped chicken, and mushrooms, even the pickiest eaters will enjoy this dinner recipe. Thanks, to Melissa, the recipe developer of Melissa’s Southern Style Kitchen recipe blog, for sharing her cheesy chicken spaghetti recipe with us.**

Nutrition Facts for: Cheesy Chicken Spaghetti from Melissa's Southern Style Kitchen
Ingredients: Thin spaghetti, onion, celery rib, baby bella mushrooms, olive oil, garlc, butter, salt, pepper all purpose flour, milk Italian seasoning, Parmesan cheese, jar pimentos, cooked chicken, white sharp cheddar cheese.
* Percentages (%) are based on a 2000 calorie diet * The entire recipe has been calculated for 12 servings.* Per Serving:Calories 361, Calories from Fat 168, Total Fat 18.7g 29%, Saturated Fat 9.1g 46%, Cholesterol 70mg 23%, Sodium 420mg 17%, Potassium 338mg 10%, Carbohydrates 24.7g 8%, Dietary Fiber 4.8g 19%, Sugars 5.5g, Protein 26.8g, Vitamin A 14%, Vitamin C 23%, Calcium 38%, Iron 34%

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