February 2, 2012

What's in your pantry?????

How to take what's in your pantry....
and make it into something YUMMY!

This is a casserole that Russel and I make sometimes. It's always quick and easy with what I normally have in the pantry.  You can substitute so many things that you're bound to have all you need in your pantry and fridge.
1 package chicken ramen noodles - cooked and drained
2 tablespoons butter or margarine
1/4 cup onion, chopped 
1 can cream of ???? soup - I use cream of mushroom or chicken - what ever's in the pantry.
1 cup shredded cheese - what ever you like best
1 can of chunk white chicken  - or a chicken breast boiled and chopped
Mushrooms (optional) - 4 oz fresh chopped or 2 small cans
Chiles or jalapenos(optional), chopped

Preheat your oven to 350
In a saucepan melt the butter and cook the onion until tender.

If you are using fresh mushrooms or peppers then cook these while you are cooking the onion. Otherwise add canned mushrooms or chiles when you add the soup. 

When these are tender, add the soup concentrate & 1/4 of the ramen seasoning.  Stir well.
Once this is all combined add the already cooked noodles, the chicken and the cheese.  Let simmer for around 5 minutes.
So if you are hungry and just can't wait you can actually eat it now.  Everything is already cooked. 
But it is better if you bake it too.  
Pour the mixture into a baking dish.

And bake at 350 for 20 minutes.  
If you have any extra shredded cheese I like to add it to the top and cook it for 5 more minutes to melt the cheese.  
This is quick, easy and uses what you already have. 

Substitutions can be made left and right so use what you have and enjoy. 

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