Friday, March 13, 2009


I made a delicious new recipe for dinner tonight, relatively easy, so I thought I'd share. You have to like mushrooms though. Personally I have a love affair with mushrooms, so this dish is heavenly.

3/4 of a 500g package of broad egg noodles
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 1/2 cups thickly sliced fresh mushrooms
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into half inch chunks
2 tbsp butter
2 tbsp all purpose flour
2 cups milk
1/3 package of cream cheese, cut into bits
3 cups baby spinach leaves, rinsed
1/2 cup parmesan cheese, divided
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp thyme
2/3 cup grated cheddar cheese
1/8 cup bread crumbs, dry or fresh

Cook noodles in a large pot of boiling salted water until nearly tender. Drain and rinse under cool running water. Set aside.

In LARGE pot, heat the olive oil over medium high heat. Add the mushrooms and cook 5 to 7 minutes. Add the chicken and continue to cook, stirring often, until the chicken is opaque--about 5 minutes. Remove chicken and mushrooms to a bowl and set aside.

In the same pot, melt the butter over medium beat. Blend in the flour, then stir in the milk. Bring to a boil, stirring almost constantly, and cook just until the sauce bubbles. Stir in the cream cheese and cook until it has blended into the sauce. Add the spinach leaves and cook for a minute or two until the spinach has wilted, then remove sauce from heat. Stir in 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, the salt, pepper, and thyme.

Return chicken mixture and juices to pot, along with the cooked noodles, and stir until everything is evenly mixed. Stir in the shredded cheddar cheese and spoon into a rectangular baking dish. Sprinkle the top with the remaining parmesan cheese and the bread crumbs.

Bake at 375 for 20 to 25 minutes.

Matthew ate 3 servings. I ate 2. Brent ate 2. Ayden pronounced it disgusting. Riley ate crackers because I still don't give him cheese.
Three people out of five is a rousing success in our house (really 4 out of 5, since Riley really should count as a positive vote because he sure liked it recycled into his breastmilk, I tell ya).

Happy cooking!

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