Tonight I made the best dinner I have made in a long time.  Now I know I don’t cook very often, but this was the best.  I always hate when Aaron gets home from a trip and then has to cook, so tonight I was a “real” wife and I cooked dinner.  He actually came home while I was cooking and we cooked together and that was kinda fun too.

This was great and we realized you could use just about any veggies where the mushrooms and peppers are.  Next time I’ll also just bake or boil some chicken instead of buying a rotisserie chicken from the store.  You can also leave out the bread if you don’t want it and I don’t see why you couldn’t leave out the cheese if you didn’t want it either.  🙂

Ingredients:

1 roasted chicken

8 oz dried spaghetti or linguine, broken in half (we used spaghetti)

12 oz fresh asparagus, trimmed and cut in 1-inch pieces (we didn’t use this b/c we didn’t have it, but cant wait to make this again and add this)

8 oz small whole fresh mushrooms (ours were cut)

3 red and/or yellow sweet peppers, seeded and cut in 1-inch pieces (we used 2 red and one green)

2 tbsp butter

1/4 cup flour

black pepper (as much as you want)

1 14-oz can of chicken broth

3/4 cup of milk

1/2 cup shredded swiss cheese

1 tbsp finely shredded lemon peel (don’t leave this out it is great!)

2 slices sourdough bread, cut in cubes

1 tbsp olive oil

2 tbsp snipped fresh parsley

Preparation:

1.  Preheat oven to 350.  Remove meat from chicken and cut chicken pieces in chunks equal to 3 cups.

2.  In Dutch oven cook spaghetti according to package directions.  Add asparagus the last 1 minute of cooking.  Drain.  Return to pan.

3.  Meanwhile, in large skillet cook mushrooms and sweet pepper sin hot butter over medium heat for 8 to 10 minutes or until mushrooms are tender, stirring occasionally.  Stir in flour and black pepper until well combined.  Add broth and milk all at once.  Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly.

4.  Add mushroom mixture, chicken pieces, swiss cheese, and half of the lemon peel to pasta mixture in dutch oven.  Toss gently to coat.  Spoon pasta mixture into 3-quart rectangular baking dish.

5.  In medium bowl toss together bread cubes, olive oil, and remaining lemon peel.  Spread break cube mixture on pasta mixture.  Bake, uncovered, for 15 minutes or until heated through.  Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.  Sprinkle with parsley before serving.

Makes 10 (1 cup) servings

Each serving 282 calories, 10 g fat

This was delicious and my boys LOVED it.  They ate two helpings and didn’t even realize the good peppers they were eating!!!

Enjoy!  Let me know if you make this one for your family!

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