Check it out! My first day with this blog and I've already cooked something! Dinner tonight came from my Campbells 1-2-3 Dinner recipe book. I had noo idea what to cook and the meals in this book are pretty basic made from staples usually kept in every pantry. So naturally this was the first place I looked. My choice for dinner tonight was based solely on a meal I knew I had all the ingredients for (so I wouldn't have to go shopping thank goodness!)
Healthy Request Chicken Mozzarella
4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves (about 1 pound)
1 can (10 3/4 ounces) Campbell's Healthy Request Tomato Soup
1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning or dried oregano leaves, crushed.
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (1 ounce)
4 cups hot cooked corkscrew macaroni (about 3 cups uncooked), cooked without salt.
1: Place chicken in 2-quart shallow baking dish.
2: Mix soup, Italian seasoning and garlic powder.
Spoon over chicken and bake at 400ºF. for 20 minutes
or until chicken is no longer pink
3. Sprinkle cheese over chicken. Remove chicken.
Stir sauce. Serve with macaroni
In truth I actually really liked this recipe. It was the first time I had tried it and it was pretty good. And it was SUPER easy! Which wins major points in my book! Of course I made a few of my own changes to it. Straight Campbells soup is pretty bland. So I added a full teaspoon of Italian seasoning in stead of half. I stuck to the book measurement of garlic powder (i dont like to have too much garlic it can be over-powering and tends to give you bad breath if you have too much). But looking back I probably would have added maybe a little bit more garlic powder. I also added a tiny bit of dried cilantro and parsley (dried as well). Not sure if that added to the taste because I didn't put very much, but over all it tasted pretty good. One last thing I added was a pinch of onion powder. I probably would have added a little more of that as well. I also substituted the plain mozzarella for shredded Italian blend cheese, as well as the cork screw macaroni for wheat spaghetti (not may favorite but its all we had).
Instead of waiting to add the cheese after the chicken was cooked. I added a little bit to the sauce. Though I wish I would have had some Parmesan (the kind in the green can) to mix in. I think that would have added a little more flavor to the sauce. I did sprinkle some on top after the timer beeped on the oven. I turned the oven off and kept the chicken in there to melt the cheese on top. (note: I cooked the chicken for 30 min instead of 20 because I'm paranoid to under cook my chicken and the chicken breast I used were pretty thick)
After I drained the pasta I removed the chicken from the pan (as requested in the recipe) and mixed the pasta with the sauce left over. There isn't a ton of sauce left but it was the perfect amount if you mix the noodles with it before you serve it. I then put the chicken back on top (just because it looked nice that way) I would have served it with some vegies but the only ones we had just didn't seem like they would go well with this dish.
Bren liked it and Anna LOVED it. She couldn't get enough of it. It was her first experience with spaghetti and I think it was a hit. This is definitely a recipe I will use again.
|The finished product|
|MMMM!! Anna LOVED her spaghetti|
Thanks for checking back! I've been thinking of some fun idea's to do with this new blog and maybe if I get enough followers I just might do a give away once my blog is a little bit more established!