Chicken nuggets in a casserole? That sounds weird and a little gross you say? Let’s ask Picky who routinely goes to nap and/or bedtime without eating a single bite of the meal because he does not like it.
Picky, how is the casserole?
You ate every bite? And so did Dad, and your sister did too? Wow. I’d better share the recipe with my friends.
This recipe looks intense, but it really isn’t. It would be no extra work to make a double batch of this and put one pan in the freezer for another day. I do that a lot.
1 pound dry ziti pasta
1 jar of your favorite spaghetti sauce
3 Tbsp butter
3 Tbsp flour
1 1/2 c milk
2 oz of cream cheese ( not necessary, just oohy dreamy good)
1/2 Tbsp minced garlic
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 of a bag of frozen, already cooked chicken nuggets
1 1/2 cups of shredded mozzarella cheese
Number 1: Start your pasta water on the heat so it will be boiling soon.
Number 2: Put butter in a medium saucepan and put on low heat to melt. Toss flour on top of melted butter and whisk until smooth. Pour in the milk and whisk until smooth. Turn heat up to medium and whisk until it begins to thicken. Add the cream cheese and whisk until smooth. Now a little salt, a little pepper, the minced garlic, and some freshly grated nutmeg if you have any. Whisk until smooth. Turn off the heat.
Number c: Put noodles in to boil, read your box and cut 2 minutes off the cooking time. Mine was supposed to cook 9-10 minutes. I cooked it 7. Then strain your noodles.
Number 4: Put 1/2 cup of spaghetti sauce in the bottom of a 9×13 pan. Then layer half of the noodles. Pour on the milk mixture, the other half of the noodles and then the remaining spaghetti sauce. Top with half of the mozzarella cheese.
Number 5: Place chicken nuggets in an even layer on top of the casserole. Sprinkle the rest of the mozzarella cheese on top.
Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes
Since I’m bossy I’ll tell you to serve this casserole with Jamie’s Olive Garden Salad. She is fantastic. Make sure your printer is full of paper before poking around her site. You’ll want a copy of every recipe she has.
Sally Jo made the salad for tonight. She even cut the lettuce and the tomatoes. I think if I keep teaching her my job I can retire soon. Right?
She doubled the black olives in the recipe and I love her for it.
Now go cook this meal!