No Fuss Easy Casserole

Most Sundays during fall I make a casserole with left overs from the week, Last night  was no different. Yet this week I made (2) casseroles and gave one to my neighbor another busy working mom of a teenager.

We cooked a box of Penne pasta (I use whatever I have in the pantry)
I had Arthur-Ray help chop mushrooms with a butter knife. Yes, get those 2 year-olds working.  I find if he helps he will eat dinner.

In a large bowl I added:

-chop mushrooms they were sliced all ready but I had my sous chef cut them in half
-a half of a bag of frozen broccoli bits
-2 can 10oz. of canned chicken
-1 bag of shredded cheese (I had a 6 cheese Italian blend on hand)
3 cans of cream of mushroom soup

Mixed it together.

Cook the pasta to al dente reserve one cup of the starchy pasta water.
Drain the rest off
Pour the mixture from the bowl into the pot.
Add a bit of pasta water to thin out the mixture.

Spray a casserole dish with pam spray we use olive oil.
I divided the mixture in two casserole dishes.
I added some more shredded cheese on top.
Sprinkle bread crumbs.

Put it in the oven for 30 minutes so the cheese can melt.

I had some baby spinach and some sliced cucumbers on the side with a bit of olive oil.
Very simple anything complexed in flavors the little won't eat.

If we roast a chicken I use the leftover chicken
If we have left over carrots, asparagus, zucchini, squash or eggplant I use any off those veggies in place of broccoli.
Cheese, we buy lots of cheese we are a cheese loving family.  Whichever cheese is in the cheese draw that melts well is what we grate and use.
Any short pasta works best.  I buy 2 boxes of short pasta when it's on sale.

My neighbor was out yesterday evening but the teenager was home.
So, I dropped off the second casserole. When my neighbor got home she called and we chatted and I told her there was dinner in her fridge.  She was happy she gets a night off from cooking. Especially, on a Monday evening.

I'm close with my neighbors with most of my neighbors on my block they were my support system for (5) years throughout my husbands deployment. 


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