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    Cheesy Shells With Chicken

    Total Time:

    Prep Time:

    Cook Time:

    55 mins

    25 mins

    30 mins

    Kittencalskitchen's Note:

    Creamy cheesy delicious...cooked turkey or ham can be replaced for the chicken.

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    Ingredients:

    Servings:

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    • 1 1/2 cups small shell pasta, uncooked
    • 1 tablespoon butter
    • 6 green onions, chopped
    • 2 tablespoons fresh minced garlic (or to taste)
    • 1 small green pepper, seeded and chopped (optional)
    • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil (or to taste)
    • 3 tablespoons butter
    • 2 tablespoons flour
    • 1 3/4 cups half-and-half cream
    • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
    • 1 1/4 cups grated old cheddar cheese
    • 1 teaspoon louisiana hot sauce (or to taste)
    • salt and pepper
    • 1 1/2 cups cooked chicken or 1 1/2 cups cooked turkey
    • 2 cups crushed butter flavored crackers (optional)

    Directions:

    1. 1
      Set oven to 350 degrees F.
    2. 2
      Butter a 2-quart casserole dish.
    3. 3
      Cook the shells in a pot of boiling salted water until just al dente (leave the shells slightly undercooked) drain and place in a large bowl, toss with a tablespoon of butter to prevent sticking.
    4. 4
      In a large skillet melt 3 tablespoon butter; add in the green onions, bell pepper (if using) and basil, saute for about 7-8 minutes, adding in the garlic the last 2 minutes of cooking.
    5. 5
      Add in the flour and half and half cream, whisking constantly until the mixture is smooth.
    6. 6
      Add in cream cheese; cook over medium heat, whisking constantly for about 5 minutes or until the mixture thickens.
    7. 7
      Add in shredded cheddar and hot sauce; stir until the cheese has melted, then season with salt and pepper.
    8. 8
      Pour the mixture into the bowl with the cooked shells, add in the cooked chicken; toss to combine.
    9. 9
      Transfer to prepared baking dish.
    10. 10
      Sprinkle with crushed crackers (if using).
    11. 11
      Bake for about 30-35 minutes or until hot and bubbly.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on June 21, 2009

      45

      I didn't use the green pepper, garlic, onion, or basil. but it was still alright. I liked the cracker topping. I'm not a huge fan of mac and cheese so I can't rave too much but my brother-in-law loved it, he ate a third of it by himself.

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    Nutritional Facts for Cheesy Shells With Chicken

    Serving Size: 1 (354 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 749.6
     
    Calories from Fat 462
    61%
    Total Fat 51.3 g
    79%
    Saturated Fat 30.8 g
    154%
    Cholesterol 183.5 mg
    61%
    Sodium 541.8 mg
    22%
    Total Carbohydrate 37.9 g
    12%
    Dietary Fiber 1.9 g
    7%
    Sugars 1.6 g
    6%
    Protein 34.4 g
    68%

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