Every bite of this hearty one-dish meal brings back memories of my grandmother's Italian kitchen. To this day, I can picture Grandma slicing fresh sausage, dicing crispy peppers and adding "just a pinch" of oregano. I stir up those memories often— this casserole's a favorite for family gatherings, church suppers and post-practice community choir socials.
I grew up in rural Nebraska, and there I learned wholesome values and the "made-with-love" kitchen techniques that I will always cherish. Now, even though I'm 25 years away from the farm, our California friends say the backyard picnics we put on are fit for a threshing crew!
This easy, elegant-looking dish is nice enough for special occasions...but you'll make it for family too! For a change-or-taste, substitute turkey or tuna for the chicken. You'll win raves all around the table.
I've made this recipe ever since we moved to California, and I've adapted it to include ingredients that are readily available here. Our two teenagers think this dish is terrific, and I've made it numerous times for special occasions.
There are people of all nationalities living in the Midwest, and Nebraska claims many residents of Polish descent. This is one of my family's favorite dishes, and I'm sure it'll become one of yours, too.
This recipe won the grand prize when I entered it in a local newspaper's recipe contest! The aroma of the cream sauce in this recipe makes it a mouthwatering favorite with my family. It's great for company, too, especially in winter.—Jacki Remsberg, La Canada, California