Dinners at my parents' house were (and still are) good times. My husband has said most of his favorite memories with my family happened around that table. It's loud, it's chaotic, it's hilarious. It's the stuff a family with 5 kids is made of. Before the kids, we'd all sit and linger with coffee and dessert, and talk forever, but now it's more of a "quick, devour this so we can make sure the kids aren't breaking anything" kind of experience. We'll get in the car to go home and say, "Did we even eat?" But it's still a fun and happy time nonetheless.
I have the recipe to Mom's Chicken Tettrazini scribbled on a piece of paper - there are no directions, just ingredients, and I'm not even sure this is exactly as she makes it, but it tastes exactly like hers. And it smells exactly like hers. I take a couple shortcuts, like I use chopped up rotisserie chicken to save time, where she used to poach hers. But again, the end result is the same, so I'm good with that.
Mom's Chicken Tettrazini:
1 c sliced mushrooms (you can omit if there aren't any mushroom lovers in your house, but we LOVE them)
5 T butter
1/4 c flour
salt and pepper
2 c milk
1/4 c white wine
2 c cooked chicken (shredded or cubed)
1/4 c broken cooked spaghetti (I use about half a box - I never measure this one;)
1/3 c grated parmesan (yes, the one in the green container works just fine)
1 c soft bread crumbs
(Preheat oven to 400 degrees)
1. Saute mushrooms in 1 T of the butter.
2. Once they've softened a bit, remove from the pan. Melt 3 T of the butter, then add flour. Cook for a minute or so. Add salt and pepper and milk. Cook for a few minutes, until milk thickens a bit.
3. Add wine, cook for a couple minutes. (see, told you these aren't exactly precise directions;) but trust me, you can't mess this up!)
4. Add the cooked chicken, the cooked spaghetti, and the mushrooms back into the pan.
5. Once you mixed this altogether, pour in a greased (or cooking spray) 13 x 9 baking dish.
6. Sprinkle grated parmesan on top, then bread crumbs (I just tear apart a piece of bread), and dot with remaining tablespoon on butter.
Hope you enjoy!
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