Today's featured recipe for two is a dish that I have enjoyed since I was a kid, it was the first dish I ever made as a teenager, and it is my favorite go-to meal as an adult.  

I honestly can't imagine how many times I have eaten this casserole.  It was a staple dinner in my house when I was growing up, and it's a staple dinner in my new home with my husband.  I hope you enjoy it as much as my family and I have.

Creamy Noodle Casserole
Total Time: 50 minutes
Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes

What you'll need
2 cups of your favorite pasta noodle, cooked
1/2 pound lean ground turkey or lean ground beef (I used extra lean ground turkey.  A 1/2 pound contains 3 grams of fat and 240 calories)!
1/4 sweet onion, diced
1/2 green pepper, diced
1/2 cup milk 
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 can 98% fat free cream of chicken soup 
1 cup browned bread crumbs
salt and pepper

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. In a large skillet add ground turkey, onion and bell peppers.  Break down meat into small pieces.  Cook on medium for 5-10 minutes or until ground turkey is cooked through.

3.  Add cream of chicken soup, milk and cheese.  Heat on low until cheese is melted, stirring occasionally.
4. Add cooked pasta to the soup mixture.  Stir until noodles are evenly coated.  Season with salt and pepper. 
5. Transfer casserole to a small baking dish.  Sprinkle bread crumbs on top of noodles.  
6. Cover with aluminum foil and place in the oven for approximately 30 minutes or until casserole starts to bubble. 
7. Serve and enjoy!
*Note -- when I want to mix things up a bit, I'll use rotisserie chicken instead of ground turkey, or I'll leave the meat out all together.  No matter how you do it, it always tastes great.

11/09/2011 12:06

This looks yummy! Very homey and comforting :-) Thanks for sharing!

11/09/2011 12:25

Is this the famous Chicken Noodle we'd eat LOADS of? OMG....I can't believe i haven't made that. I'm so making it tomorrow.

11/09/2011 13:10

It most certainly is Lauren. No joke, we really did eat loads of it!!! Sadly, I still do.

02/25/2013 11:23

02/26/2013 15:51

Oooh looks yummy!! Could you do this with tuna as well?

02/27/2013 16:45

I'm personally not a tuna fan, so I've never tried, but I'd imagine it would work with tuna too.

03/17/2013 03:18

add a can of peas or frozen peas with the tuna and crunch up some sour cream potato chips before you bake.......

Vicki Gasorski
02/11/2014 14:24

would the taste change much if made in the slow cooker? I'd love to try this in the slow cooker.

02/11/2014 17:58

No, you can definitely make this recipe in a slow cooker. Alternatively, you can refer to my Crock Pot Creamy Chicken Pasta recipe. It tastes very similar to this recipe.


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