I came up with this kid-friendly Southwestern recipe one afternoon when I was using up leftover spaghetti and ground beef. When I'm lucky enough to have extra time, I make two batches and freeze one. —Johanna Van Ness, Wichita, KS
“My hot dish recipe is delicious but not very healthy,” writes Melanie Dalbec of Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota. “I would love it if you could make it over.” This comforting version offers all of the goodness you’d expect from a casserole with nearly 60% less fat than Melanie's original recipe.
Leftover chicken and her grandmother’s treasured recipe add up to a delectable, down-home supper that heats up chilly nights in Stafford, Texas for Joyce Fogelman.
TIP: Serve with an easy salad of tossed greens or a loaf of crusty French bread.
“My mom made this creamy comforting dish when I was growing up. Whenever I have leftover chicken or turkey, I look forward to making this simple, yet tasty, filling dish.” Casandra Hetrick - Lindsey, Ohio
I wish I could claim credit for this recipe...but I've only helped make it for
Farm Bureau suppers. With a cheese sauce and beef spaghetti layers, it has real kid appeal.Vera Chalfant, Parker City, Indiana
"This cheesy chicken and pasta dish freezes well, so you can take one casserole to a potluck and save the second for another time," suggests Debbi Smith of Crossett, Arkansas. "It makes a quick, comforting meal."