Creamy Pasta Casserole | Blog to Taste

Monday, December 16, 2013

Creamy Pasta Casserole

Hi! It's Holly here again with some more mayo love. I am going to share my favorite recipe made with my spirit food. This is one of my most versatile recipes, and it's also one that I've been making since I was a kid. It all began when I was 9 or 10 years old and my mother worked a graveyard shift. While she was working, the rest of us (my dad, brothers, and I) had to fend for ourselves when it came to dinner. So, my dad gave me an allowance and I made meals on those nights. One of our most popular meals was "Jackass Surprise." I can't recall where that unappetizing moniker originated from exactly, but it's become synonymous with this recipe to me now.

You'll Need:

1/2 package of pasta (bow ties, penne, elbows, rigatoni, whatever you want)
10 3/4 oz can Cambell's cream of (something) soup
2 cups grated cheese (cheddar and/or mozzarella work best)
12 oz can of chicken or 1 cup of cooked fresh, shredded or cubed chicken
1/2 cup mayonnaise (obviously Best Foods AKA Hellmann's brand)
1/2 cup frozen peas

Make it:

1. Prepare pasta according to package.
2. In a casserole dish or large pot, combine pasta, soup, chicken, mayonnaise,  and peas.
3. Top the mixture with grated cheese and cover the dish with a lid or foil..
4. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
5. Remove the cover and bake for another 5 minutes uncovered.
6. Allow to cool and then enjoy!

As you can see there are many options and tweaks that can be made to this basic recipe. There are a lot of great "cream of" soups, types of pasta, varieties of cheese, and even the choice of fresh or canned chicken to choose from. Of course, you could also add more veggies like chopped carrots, onions, or broccoli if you felt inclined to. Let me what you've tried!