Dinner is on the table in no time with this 30 Minute Cheesy Chicken Spaghetti. It’s perfect for the whole family.
As I am sitting here working on several posts today, I am stopping every now and then to scroll through Facebook..I’m honestly struggling lately. I realized that it’s been 3 months since Kayla left for the Navy, and almost 2 months since we’ve seen her for less than 24 hours. She graduates A school at some point in September, the next time we will see her again, and then I’m praying hard that she goes to C school. I’m totally worried that if she doesn’t go to C school right after that she will be sent overseas…and that is devastating to me. 19, she’s 19 and she has already done so much more than other 19/20 year old she knows. She went through basic training, flown solo 3 times, and now she may be sent to live overseas. It’s funny to hear her talk about how those so called friends she left here that are still doing what they were doing when she left. They are partying, drinking, and just being stupid. She has matured since Easter Sunday, when she left. She is more well rounded. She has a better head on her shoulders. And she sees that the world isn’t all partying, staying out all night, and underage drinking.
I look at my social media, and see how these parents are enjoying their kids home from college for the summer, and I get jealous. Jealous that they get their kids for a couple of months during the summer, and several weeks throughout the year while they are on vacation from school. Military moms don’t get that luxury. We get lucky if we get to see our kids a couple of times a year. Sometimes longer than that if they are on deployment or their are stationed overseas. I know that wherever the Navy sends her next she will make the most of it, and rock it! She is doing an amazing job in A school right now. She is going to be a Hospital Corpsman, and I am so proud of her! Just yesterday I was Snapchatting her about Kelsie, and a medical thing, she said to me “I LEARNED ABOUT THAT!” It totally made me smile. She gave me advice on what to do, and it felt like she is finally doing something with her life. I think that if you are 18/19, and literally have no idea what you want to do with your life, that joining the service for a few years will help. I don’t think it’s a decision that you end up regretting. Zack and his brother both, now in their mid to late 30’s, both wished they would have joined. Funny, Zack would be getting ready to retire really soon. Ugh, if we could just turn back time, and know then what we know now. Ever feel that way?
OK, ok, enough of the heavy stuff. 🙂 Let’s talk about this 30 minute Cheesy Chicken Spaghetti! Kelsie has swim practice every single night of the week, and really needs to attend every single one of those practices. She loves it, and honestly I haven’t seen her this dedicated to something in a very long time, so we just suck it up and take her. However, those week night practices are killing my dinner mojo. We aren’t eating until 8:30 at night! Which puts us going to bed later, etc. I am totally gonna try and change that in a couple of weeks, by getting myself up earlier, and getting Zack out the door sooner, to get him home earlier, so we can eat prior.
Until then, and well even after that, I like to make meals that don’t take all night to prepare and cook. I’ve been rotating my One Pan Meals throughout the week, but sometimes we just want to eat carbs, and get fat and happy! 😉
I’ve been toying with trying to get recipes nailed to 30 minutes max, and I’m doing great. I shared my 30 Minute Creamy Chicken & Broccoli, and told exactly how I made that dish in 30 minutes. This one was sort of prepped and cooked the same way. Multi tasking is your best friend when you want to get a full meal cooked and on the table in less than 30 minutes. Didn’t you ever watch Rachael Ray on Food Network, 30 Minute Meals? She totally was all over the kitchen, doing multiple things at once.
This 30 Minute Cheesy Chicken Spaghetti is just that cheesy, creamy, and delicious. We all totally loved this, and it could be doubled, and then portioned in half, and frozen. I’ve been doing this lately so that on those nights that the day was crazy busy, we can just pull whatever out, and bake it. A total time saver. Do you do this? Have you ever doubled a meal and frozen half? So far everything I’ve tried has worked out great. Of course I’ve only done pasta dishes this way.
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon garlic
- 6 oounces thin spaghetti, cooked according to the directions, drained
- 1 cup shredded cheese, divided
- 5 ounces frozen spinach, thawed and drained
- 1 cup French fried onions
- 1 cup sour cream
- 2 cups cubed cooked chicken
- 1 carton Pacific brand cream of chicken soup
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Heat a large oven safe pan over medium to high heat. Pour in the olive oil, and toss in the chicken. Season with salt and pepper. Cook until the chicken is browned on all sides, and cooked through, about 8 minutes. Add the garlic, and stir around until fragrant. Do not burn.
- Add the cooked spaghetti noodles and spinach.
- Stir in the sour cream and cream of chicken soup.
- Add 1/2 cup cheese, stir.
- Top with additional cheese and the fried onions.
- Bake for 10 minutes or until cheese is bubbly and melted.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 860 Total Fat: 42g Saturated Fat: 16g Trans Fat: 1g Unsaturated Fat: 20g Cholesterol: 128mg Sodium: 683mg Carbohydrates: 81g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 6g Sugar: 5g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 39g