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I sampled a different recipe the other night, but had to substitute so many of the ingredients that I decided it wasn't really the same casserole anymore! This tastes very similar to my Turkey/Chicken Pot Pie With Herbed Dumpling Crust, but without all the fuss of making a crust. (cooking time doesn't include cooking chicken or boiling pasta)
- 4 tablespoons margarine, divided
- 3 tablespoons flour
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 cup chicken broth
- 1 cup milk
- 2 cups diced cooked chicken
- 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄8 teaspoon black pepper
- 3 cups cooked pasta (I like to use tri-colour rotini)
- 1 cup frozen mixed vegetables (or veggie of your choice)
- 1 -2 tablespoon dry breadcrumbs
- 1 -2 tablespoon grated parmesan cheese
- In a large saucepan, melt 3 tablespoons margarine over medium heat. Whisk in flour and seasonings. Cook for 1 minute.
- Gradually stir in broth and milk, stirring until boiling and thickened.
- Stir in chicken, pasta, and frozen veggies.
- Pour into a greased 3 quart casserole dish.
- In a small microwaveable container, melt remaining tablespoons of margarine. Add breadcrumbs and mix well.
- Sprinkle over top of casserole and then top with parmesan cheese. (With these 2 things, I usually don't measure very carefully. You can never have too much buttery crunch on top of a casserole!).
- Bake @ 400F for 20-25 minutes.