When it comes to food, nothing says “home” to me more than a casserole does, and it must be true for my kids as well because that’s what they ask for when they’re visiting. They’re full of feel good magic, it seems.
What I really love is that they’re so easy to put together, and they’re very forgiving when you make changes and substitutions. In fact, I just tried using Country Crock in place of butter in one of my favorite hot dishes, and it came out just as tasty as ever!
Creamy Chicken Pasta & Broccoli Casserole
12 oz mini shell pasta
2 cups frozen mini broccoli florets
1 10oz can premium white chicken (or cook and cut up your own, if you prefer)
1 can condensed cream of chicken & herb soup
1 cup milk
2 Tbsp Country Crock
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese, divided
1/3 cup seasoned bread crumbs
2 Tbsp real bacon pieces, crumbled
1 tsp poultry seasoning
Salt and pepper to taste
1. Cook pasta according to directions, rinse in cold water and drain. Add to casserole dish along with chicken and broccoli florets. Mix well.
2. On stovetop, gently heat cream of chicken soup and 1 cup milk to a soft boil. Add Country Crock, stirring as it melts. Remove from heat. Stir in poultry seasoning, bread crumbs, bacon and 1/2 cup of the cheese.
3. Pour soup mixture over pasta, chicken and broccoli and then stir to combine all ingredients.
4. Bake, covered, in 350 degree oven 30 minutes. Sprinkle on remaining 1/2 cup cheese and bake uncovered for about 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.
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I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective, and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.