July 30, 2010

chicken noodle casserole for the soul

Have you ever taken a peek at one of those "Chicken Soup for the Soul" books? I'm not exaggerating when I say that in a typical volume, every other chapter will bring me to tears.


Either I'm uber-sensitive or the editors really know how to pick some touching stories.

This chicken noodle casserole is also something that'll bring a person to tears, but for entirely different reasons. It's oh-so-tasty and so simple a monkey could be trained do it. Quick, too. And cheap easy on the wallet. It makes a great potluck dish, and I've taken it to new mothers on several occasions since it freezes wonderfully. Do you believe me when I say that its inherent qualities will bring a person to the brink of happy tears?

Since we're talking about books, I'll take this opportunity to mention Blog2Print, a wonderful company that provides bloggers with an easy way to turn their blog into a professionally printed book. You can print everything--your pictures, posts, and comments, giving you a way to keep your recipes, great food photography, and readers’ reactions to your recipes together in a book.


I can tell you from personal experience that the results are amazing--my book is something I will always treasure. I had a blast picking out which posts to include--it was a welcome walk down memory lane. The printed pictures are clear and nicely-sized, and the text is exactly as it is on my blog. And hey, you never know--I may show it to someone who decides she wants a copy for herself, and that may lead to a little pocket money for the Gracemeister!


Details for the giveaway: The randomly-selected winner will receive a $40 gift certificate (that should pay for a 90-page softcover book or a 60-page hardcover book) from Blog2Print. To enter, leave a comment on this post telling me something that makes you tear up unexpectedly and without fail; be sure your email address is included. Comments will close next Friday, August 6th, and the winner will be chosen shortly thereafter.

Comforting Chicken Noodle Casserole
4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
6 ounces egg noodles
1 (10.75 oz) can condensed cream of mushroom soup
1 (10.75 oz) can condensed cream of chicken soup
1 cup sour cream
salt, pepper, and paprika to taste
1 cup crumbled buttery round crackers
1/2 cup butter

Preheat oven to 350F.
Poach the chicken in a large pot of simmering water. Cook until no longer pink in center, about 12 minutes. Remove from pot and set aside. Bring chicken cooking water to a boil and cook the pasta in it. Drain. Shred or dice the chicken and mix it with the noodles.
In a separate bowl, mix together the mushroom soup, chicken soup, and sour cream. Season with salt, pepper, and paprika. Gently stir together the cream soup mixture with the chicken mixture. Place in a 2-quart baking dish.
Melt the butter in a small saucepan or the microwave. Stir in the crumbled crackers and sprinkle atop the casserole. Bake for about 30 minutes, until heated through and browned on top.

66 comments:

jelena said...

this recipe is a keeper! don't have mushroom soup in a can but can make some...just plain perfect...bravo on printing your blog...imagine one day all the computers went dead and the internet no longer worked what would we be left with !

Foodessa said...

Alright Gracemeister...you've convinced me that printing your blog could be a great idea after all. I was wondering about it myself...now you helped me with my curiousity. Hubby tells me to do it all the time.

I not brought to tears necessarily, however, it always warms my heart when I see children actually help an older person out...be it opening the door or holding their shopping bag. This is so rare...that I am really touched. I hope one day when I get to that stage, that there will be someone doing this gesture for me too ;o)

The casserole would be very welcomed anytime...sounds delish ;o)

Ciao for now and have a great weekend,
Claudia

jose manuel said...

Se ve realmente jugoso este plato, me lo apunto para ponerlo en pendientes. Saludos

Pam said...

I am totally showing my age here, but the scene in Terms for Endearment, when the kid is standing in the hospital doorway crying. OMG. I cry for weeks after that scene.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Soul-uplifting indeed! That is great to print your blog's recipes.

Cheers,

Rosa

Jane @ Sweet Basil Kitchen said...

Whenever the bride enters the wedding ceremony and is escorted down the aisle by her father...I tear up...just an ole fashioned cry!

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

It's perfect casserole weather here Grace! And how wonderful to have this book to treasure! I'm waiting for your cinnamon cookbook to come out! ;)

shaz said...

Awww Grace, you made me tear up a little by that little line about how you make casseroles for new mothers! You are a sweetheart, I wish you'd lived nearby when I was a new mum :)

Lovely to see your work in print too. Not sure if I'm eligible for giveaway - but I sometimes feel like crying (with joy) when I wake up and am faced with a perfect day (blue sky, warm breeze, green leaves, smell of flowers etc).

bellini valli said...

Love the blog in print idea Grace. I always tear up at unexpected moments when I am watching TV. It could be anuthing...I blame it on the music.

Angie's Recipes said...

What a lovely casserole dish!
How cool is that to have your own recipes printed out!

TKW said...

That's a cool little website, there! Thanks for sharing!

My strange husband hates casseroles, but I love them!

Beth said...

I love the idea of printing my blog! Let's see things that make me tear up...almost anything really. The one thing that never fails to get me is the end of the show Extreme Home Makeover.

lisa is cooking said...

This makes me want some good comfort food for lunch today! And, how great to have a book of your blog. Must have been fun to pick your favorite posts to include.

Angie said...

I have never heard of printing your blog, but what a great idea! Love the recipe too, looks so comforting

♥peachkins♥ said...

when my daughter tells me she how much she misses daddy who is working overseas..that brings me to tears...

Sophie said...

What a cute & great idea printing a book from your own blog!! Yeah!! You do us proud!!


That chicken noodle casserole sounds tasty too!

Julie M. said...

Ok, I REALLY want to win this. That looks so cool! Your chicken casserole looks delicious. I always love a creamy, delicious comfort food meal.

An onion always brings me to tears... oh and anytime a man cries. Whether on tv or in real life, it gets me every time.

marla@familyfreshcooking.com said...

Your noodle casserole and your book look amazing! I am so impressed, that book needs to be published asap! Sign me up for this giveaway please. What makes me tear up? Not winning.....just kidding :)
marla at familyfreshcooking dot com

Holly said...

Chicken Noodle Casserole...so comforting - I think I will need to make it when the weather drops down past 80 degrees.

As for tearing up...I am not a emotional person, but a hug from my father, without fail it makes me tear up. I don't get to see him very often and a hug from him brings the tears. The first time it caught me off guard, I try to fight it but everytime without fail it happens. I think he's worth the happy tears!

A Plum By Any Other Name said...

What a GREAT idea.

Ha, your question made me feel like a robot. I haven't thought about shedding a tear in god knows how long (maybe if someone stole the cucumber ice cream from my freezer ;))

I take that back, I got habereno juice in my eye a few months back and then had hot water splash in it. Like a baby, I tell ya.

grace said...

I love this! Chicken noodle is always a go to for me whenever I'm feeling under the weather. Maybe this can be my new go to :)

The Blonde Duck said...

I'd love to turn my blog into a book. It'd be a million pages.

Trissa said...

I love casseroles using canned soup! This is a sure winner! As for what tbrings me to tears no fail? Raw onions! :)

Tessa said...

Love casseroles, thanks!

Watching my mom struggle daily to recover from a stroke is agonizing, but the thing that always brings tears to my eyes is the moment a year ago we were told she wouldn't wake up from a coma. The love I have for her is beyond words, I am just so grateful she's still here.

Marjie said...

New babies make me cry tears of joy. They are evidence that the world will endure, made a happier place by this new soul.

Glad you're enjoying your blog book!

Hungry Dog said...

Yum. I like casseroles, even if you can't always tell what's in them.

As for what makes me tear up, every time--anything about sisters. Like, a story of sisters being separated, or one dying. I'm on the floor, weeping.

veryhungrydog at gmail dot com

Julie said...

I'd much rather be brought to tears by this casserole any day!

Nutmeg Nanny said...

Am I allowed to squeal I'm so happy about this giveaway?!?! This is by far one of the best prizes I have ever seen.

Now lets see what makes me cry. Pretty much anything. No really. I'm not lying. My boyfriend has nicknamed me "cryzilla." If I had to pick one thing that made me cry the most it would have to be the book "Marley and Me." I swear. I cried even in the happy parts because I knew that eventually he would pass. It was so pathetic...haha.

Oh I also wanted to talk about this casserole. Delicious! Growing up in the Mid-West casseroles were a staple. I can't help but love them :)

scrambledhenfruit said...

Holding a baby. Without fail. Brings tears to my eyes. Every time. I'm tearing up right now just thinking about it. The casserole looks good too!

Silver Strands said...

Ok - this is a recipe I can't do without!
oxox
Denalee

Just Jane said...

Hearing "Taps" ALWAYS brings tears to my eyes.

Faith said...

This casserole definitely looks heart-warming! Your book looks gorgeous too! Hmmm, about crying...there are so many movies that make me tear up (I won't name names because then you'll know how truly corny I really am, lol!), but I'll just say that if I really like a movie, I'm the type to watch it over and over...and I cry every time!

Barbara said...

I kind of did this in reverse. I did a cookbook with family recipes in it and that led me to blogging!

This sounds like a great idea, Grace, and from the photos it looks like they did a super job.

What brings me to tears is the helplessness I feel when my children are in pain. Of all kinds. Including life's hard lessons. We can't do it fir them, much as we would like to.

Lucie said...

Looks sooo nice and comforting! I've gotta admit, and this is pretty embarassing, that I tear up every single time I read a Nicholas Sparks book...and since I only read them on the plane, I end up looking totally stupid. oops.

Lori said...

Ahhh Grace I would be boohooing right there with you. I can't even watch the news!

THis casserole is a keeper. I like having recipes like this when I am preparing food for company.

vanillasugar said...

I just love the edge pieces of the casseroles--more crumb ratio than the other pieces. lol
what tears me up are those animal shelter commercials....ohhh i want to save all the babies.

Abby said...

I've got chicken casserole on the menu for this week. Reminds me of my mama, and my husband loves the meal, too. I hope the 20-year-old PICKY EATER will dig it. Great book! I've checked out that site, too!

kimberleyblue said...

I love a good casserole! I usually just pick up a rotisserie chicken (or two) for any chicken casserole recipes...it ends up costing the same, and a rotisserie chicken always tastes better than any chicken I could make myself.

The selections you posted of your cookbook look awesome! I think I would love to do that at some point...

Anytime I end up at an airport and see people greeting their loved ones makes me cry. I'm always a tearful mess at airports!

Joanne said...

I had a few of those chicken soup books and I definitely teared up every time I opened one of them!

Marriages make me cry. Without fail. Happy tears. But still tears.

This casserole looks awesome! All things I have on hand - total comfort food.

Chanel11 said...

I recently unearthed those books when I found a box I had forgotten at my parents, perhaps another read will do me good :)

You are the master mixer - always mixing two great things to make an even better dish

Mimi said...

It nice to see your work in print.
Many things make me cry, but random acts of kindness always bring happy tears.
Mimi

Helene said...

Love those casseroles. I'm sure we would enjoy it.

foodhoe said...

mmm, looks like my tuna noodle casserole... but I love the crunchy breadcrumbs topping, that looks most delicious! Your book looks delicious too.

Chef Dennis said...

that is a seriously good chicken casserole! true comfort food.....well sappy movies will make me tear up, my wife always pics movies, falls asleep and I end up watching it all...she woke up to me sobbing at the end of Million Dollar Baby...sigh....now don't let it get around....lol

Robin Sue said...

What a fun way to print your blog out in a book form. Love it. I tear up during Anne of Green Gables when Matthew dies in Anne's arms. Gets me every time!

Kerstin said...

What a cute book and comforting casserole - I'd want to enjoy both at once!

I tear up at sappy movies - I try not too, but can't help it!

laura said...

I enjoy a comforting casserole! As for tearing up, now that I am a mommy, whenever I see sentimental scenes between a mother and child, or hear of something bad happening to a child - I can burst into tears in no time. ( :

Dawn said...

Thinking of our 29 pound cat, Fatty, who died a year ago. He was Heathcliff and Garfield and Snoopy rolled into one. A real member of our family.

Amy @ cookbookmaniac said...

You can trust me to sob like a baby when I watch the last bits of the film Amelie. She selflessly helps people to discover there true happiness in sacrifice of her own. It is not until a brittle old man tells her to go get what she wants - for petes sake! - that seen always brings a quiver to my lip.

tamilyn said...

Oiy! I love me some chicken casserole. *tapping fingertips together-might be plan for dinner this weekend*

Without fail, when I watch Stepmom, at the very end where they take a family photo and then Susan Sarandon says "now the whole family" and has Julia Roberts character join them on the couch. Oh, and in Marley and Me when Jennifer Aniston places the necklace on Marley when the bury him. I'm tearing up just thinking about it.....

Cara said...

This Blog2Print thing sounds like a great idea! I'd love to do it. Hmm, what makes me cry? Well, Chicken Soup for the Soul, certainly. And the movie the Family Stone.

tasteofbeirut said...

this is American comfort food by definition! Comfort for those of us who grew up eating soup in a can; one time, I made the actual thing, from scratch, and decided it was not worth all the trouble!

Juliana said...

Wow, what a nice and tasty casserole, love it with cream of mushroom and chicken...and the idea of one pot dish it just fantastic :-)

Damaris said...

whenever my son tells me that he loves his little sister I tear up. It's amazing how nice he is to her.

this recipe looks killer by the way.

Velva said...

The casserole is definitely soul satisfying. You are right, this is a great dish to bring new mother's or friends for pot luck. Delicious!

What makes me tear-up immediately, lots of things but, a photo collage of times past can usually do it to me within a few seconds.

I think you should put your blog cookbook up for sale. I think you would do pretty good :-)

Albany Jane said...

It's not just you. I'm not a particularly sentimental gal myself, but man do they pick, like, THE most heart wrenching stories in that book.

I can't help but tear up at this one scene in a Futurama episode. I'm not going into further detail because then I start weeping like a baby.

Cookie baker Lynn said...

The final scene of Finding Nemo always makes me tear up. It's a lovely reminder of how fleeting childhood is.

The cookbook looks beautiful, something future generations might squabble over, so perhaps you'd better have extras made.

WizzyTheStick said...

Thanks for bringing the printing service to my attention. It would be wonderful to have a printed version of my fav blog recipes since there are days when the power is out hat I need to access my recipes. The joys of living in a third wotld country.

Okay as to something to tear you up this did it for me last week. From my 5yr old son before leaving for daycare " Mom I'm giving you this kiss now for you to remember that when I come home I will give you a hug"

LyB said...

Grace, this is my kind of recipe, quick, easy and feeds a crowd! As for tearing up, it seems that since I've become a mother, I tear up really, really easily! I mean even some commercials make me tear up! How embarrassing!

LilSis said...

Comfort food indeed! I'll be making this for my family soon! I have a recipe very similar except it doesn't have the crackers and that's the icing on the cake! My husband is a Ritz fanatic!

I'm uber sensitive too; and glad to hear that I'm not alone. Since my oldest son is in the Navy, I cry any time I hear of a soldier getting hurt or worse... And, any little thing that reminds me of my Dad will instantly bring me to tears!

On a lighter note, I'd love to see the Gracemeister sell her cookbook! I'd buy one in a heartbeat!

pigpigscorner said...

This looks so comforting! I like the idea of printing a book! It's always nice to have a hardcopy isn't it.

Joanne said...

This looks really yummy. I can't wait to try it out. I love that it sounds so easy to make. Thanks!

It's so cool to have your own book printed. Congrats!

Alyson said...

Whenever I see Jr Hish and High School aged kids who take the time to do the right thing. Like holding the door, helping someone cross the street, (whether it be a small child or a granparent type), Basically being reminded that not all is lost when it comes to common curtesy. That parent's out there like myself are still instilling these thing in our children. And yes, I totally showed my age, LOL, I have a teenager :)

Lynda said...

I'm drooling over this casserole Grace...comfort food at it's best with that creamy goodness topped with crumbs.I have a similar recipe, but yours really looks best.
How fun to have your blog printed into a book-I must look into this.
Children make me tear up.Thinking about my mom makes me cry evey time. She's been gone almost 4 years, and I still wish I could go over to her house for a visit.

Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets said...

This looks like perfect comfort food.

Sook said...

Wow, what a creamy and delicious looking casserole!