Cheddar Chicken Casserole

If you're looking to make some comfort food for supper, Leader food columnist Kathleen Brotherton says you might try this Cheddar Chicken Casserole.

Winter is a time for comfort foods, something that’s warm and tasty. However, what pleases grown-ups doesn’t always appeal to youngsters.

This easy-to-make casserole, however, contains three basic ingredients that most everyone likes, finicky kids included – spaghetti, cheese and chicken.

The casserole can be thrown together, baked and on the table in less than 45 minutes. So, it’s a real timesaver for busy moms and dads who have to come up with new ideas for family dinners at the end of their workday.

This dish also is great to take to potluck dinners, parties or mid-winter church functions.

CHEDDAR CHICKEN CASSEROLE

1 (7-ounce) package spaghetti, broken

2 cups cubed cooked chicken

2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese, divided

1 (10 3/4-ounce) can condensed cream of chicken soup, undiluted

1 cup plain yogurt

2 tablespoons butter, softened

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

3/4 cup French-fried onions, crumbled

Cook spaghetti according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a bowl, combine the chicken, 1 cup cheese, soup, yogurt, salt and pepper.

Drain spaghetti; add butter to spaghetti and toss. Then add spaghetti to chicken mixture and toss again.

Transfer to a greased 13-by-9-by-2-inch baking dish. Sprinkle French-fried onion crumbles over top of casserole.

Sprinkle remainder of shredded cheese over all. Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until heated through. Serves 6-8.

Brotherton offers website readers one stellar recipe a week in the “My Leader Yummy” feature.

Looking for a recipe you can’t find? Email me at kbrotherton42@gmail.com and I’ll see if I have it.

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