Family Favorite Casserole Recipe

This is a big chicken pepperoni pasta casserole from scratch, and you end up with chicken soup and 6 pieces of frying/baking chicken as well.

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The casserole has four parts — a chicken part, a pepperoni part, the pasta, and the cheese on top.

STEP ONE — Assemble these ingredients

  • 1 big 5# chicken
  • 2 onions
  • 5 stalks celery
  • 1 bell pepper
  • 4-5 cloves garlic
  • handful dried shitake mushrooms, or 1/2# fresh
  • 3/4# pepperoni
  • 1# hamburger or ground pork
  • red chili pepper flakes, thyme, sage, rosemary
  • butter, flour
  • 1# pasta (the Bearded One prefers Angel Hair)
  • 1/2# mozzerella cheese

STEP TWO — The chicken and broth

Ingredients:  1 chicken, 1 onion, 1 t. red chili pepper flakes, 1/2 t. thyme, 1/2 t. sage, rosemary sprig, 5 quarts water

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Cut up chicken and reserve the wings, legs and thighs for frying/baking for another meal.

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Boil the breast and back, the cut-up onion and the spices for half an hour, then leave chicken in stock to cool.

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When cooled, remove the chicken breast and back and debone/shred.

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Save the back meat for soup.  Use the breast for the casserole.

STEP THREE — The meat and pepperoni and veggies

Ingredients:  1 cup chopped celery, 1 cup chopped bell pepper, 1 chopped onion, 4-5 cloves garlic, handful dried shitake mushrooms, 3/4 # pepperoni, 1 # ground hamburger or pork, 1/2 t. red chili pepper flakes, 1/2 t. thyme, 1/2 t. sage

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Saute ingredients, cooking each separately,

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starting with the meat, adding the spices,

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and mixing in a large pot to sit and stay hot.

STEP FOUR — Return to the chicken

Ingredients:  4 T. butter, 1/2 C. flour, 3 C. chicken broth, shredded cooked chicken breast

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Melt the butter in yet another big pot and whisk in the flour to make a paste (roux), then add 3 cups of broth and heat and stir ’til thick.  Then add the shredded chicken breast meat.

To make soup, add the chicken back meat to the remaining broth.  Add some cut up celery and a bit more thyme and boil.

STEP FIVE — Pasta and cheese and assembling

Ingredients:  1# pasta or noodles, 1/2 # grated mozzarella cheese

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Assemble in this order in a huge baking pan or casserole:  pepperoni concoction, pasta, chicken concoction, cheese.

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Heat at 375 F until bubbly, uncovered, about 35 minutes.

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2 responses to “Family Favorite Casserole Recipe

  1. Very sweet and wonderful, Christi… looks yummy! I’ll try this!
    Great meeting Keith, today, about your fallen Ohia! Sorry I couldn’t help.
    And too, that I missed meeting you!

    Hope to see both of you! Ken & Alice in the Yellow Farm House on Paradise!

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