Super Cheap Recipe That Had Kids Begging For More

As many of you know, I am not a cook. I was raised a “restaurant kid” and can order from any menu like a pro. My mom was never home to cook, and my dad’s cooking skills were limited to hot dogs, macaroni and cheese, and condensed soup, so that was all I grew up learning how to make. After Ashley was born and I moved out, slowly I started to learn to make things that were in boxes on the shelves of grocery stores. Ramen noodles, and Hamburger Helper were staples in my house. I will never forget the time I invited hubby (before he was my hubby) and his mom over for dinner. I decided I was going to cook from scratch. I made a whole chicken with potatoes and carrots. The only problem? When you cut into the chicken (after it had cooked for 6 hours), it BLED. I cooked that chicken for a total of 9 hours, and it was still bleeding. We gave up and ordered pizza that night. My husband should have known then what he was getting himself into.

Now that we’ve been married 8 1/2 years, I have gotten a LOT better. I’ve had to, because feeding 7 people food that comes from boxes is expensive. So, while I’m not a super-fabulous cook, and I definitely won’t have my own cooking show on tv anytime soon, I do come up with some recipes now and then that are real winners. Last night’s dinner was the perfect example.

Hubby had to go into work for a few hours yesterday, so I asked him if he could bring something home for dinner. The only problem? We only had $6 in our bank account, and we had to feed 7 people. Not an easy task – especially when you’re not a couponing queen like my friend Heather.

I had made chicken tacos the other night and had made enough to have extra shredded chicken that I put in the freezer. And I knew we had a couple of other things on hand, so all hubby needed to buy for my recipe was 2 big bags of egg noodles and sprinkle cheese (Parmesan cheese for spaghetti, etc).  Dinner went over so well that all of my kids asked for 3rds and Parker, (my 2 year old), even had 4ths! It was such a hit that some of my friends on facebook asked me to spill the beans and share the recipe. So, I figured I’d do that for all of you too!

Here’s the easy-peasy recipe:

Super Easy Chicken & Noodles

Ingredients

  • Extra Wide Egg Noodles (I used 2 large bags, but I have a huge family)
  • Chicken Broth (or broth made with Better than Bullion – that’s what I used).
  • Margarine (we use unsalted because I have to keep my blood pressure down; I’m sure salted would taste even better!)
  • Shredded Chicken (I used about 2 cups)
  • Parmesan Cheese

Directions

  • Bring the chicken broth to a boil. (Or if you’re using Better than Bullion, bring the water to a boil, add the Better than Bullion and then let it boil for an additional 2 minutes.) Add the noodles, and boil until tender. in the meantime, warm up shredded chicken – either in the microwave or the skillet. Drain noodles. Mix in butter, shredded chicken, and Parmesan cheese – as much as desired. Put in bowls or on plates, add more Parmesan cheese (if desired), and serve.
  • I’m telling you, this was the easiest recipe in the world, and the kids gobbled it up and begged for more. The best part for me was that hubby made it all, and then did the dishes afterward. I just got to sit there and enjoy – and watch everyone else enjoy it too! I wish I had know it was going to be such a hit, I would have taken a picture to share in this post!

    So, tell me, what super easy recipe have you made that your kids just gobbled up?

    Angie Vinez (2872 Posts)

    Angie is a wife and mother to 8. Her life revolves around cooking, cleaning, laundry, and other household duties. She is passionate about her life in Christ and wants to encourage other mothers in their own walk of faith. Angie is active on many social media networks, loves technology, photography, and graphic design, and loves creating blog designs for other mom bloggers.



    Comments

    1. 1

      Oh i love egg noodles like that but never thought to put chicken in it…duh. I will have to try it!

    2. 2

      That sounds yummy..I might try to make that tonight as I have some chicken and egg noodles in the house..but don’t have any parm cheese but will improvise. Thanks for sharing!!

    3. 3

      Do you guys like alfredo? I have a recipe I just LOVE that is pretty simple to do. Not much more work than what you posted here. Joey hates it, but he’s a pill and doesn’t like much that isn’t Mexican or something with hot sauce. He will even put hot sauce on things no one would think to. He’s gonna have rot gut by the time he hits adulthood I think, LOL!

      Anyway, you can do this with or without chicken. Shaun and I like it with chicken, Kyle does NOT, but it’s very easy to just give him noodles and sauce. I use egg noodles, but you could use fettucine (obviously) or whatever pasta you like. I also substitute regular milk for the half & half, that just sounds too rich to me. You could adjust the amount of milk you use for the thickness you like. When I add chicken, I just cut chicken breasts into small pieces and cook in a skillet with some butter for a few minutes until done. Easy!

      1/2 cup butter
      1 pkg. (8 oz.) cream cheese
      1 cup half and half (or milk)
      1/3 cup Parmesan cheese
      1 tablespoon garlic powder (optional)
      pepper, to taste

      1. In a medium saucepan, melt butter.

      2. Once butter is almost melted, add the package of cream cheese. It’s easiest to cut it into 4 pieces so that it melts quicker.

      3. Once butter and cream cheese are mixed well together, add the cup of half and half, Parmesan cheese, garlic powder, and then shake pepper on top. Stir all together until well mixed.

      4. Once it’s mixed well and saucelike, take it off the burner and set aside so it can thicken up. Stir every few moments.

      5. DONE! Pour over your favorite pasta.

    4. 4

      Oh, just another sidenote…I’m not a huge garlic fan, but I think the garlic powder does add something to the taste. However, I adjust it down from a tablespoon to about 2 teaspoons. Just play with it to see what you like!

    5. 5

      Another family favorite:

      Encheritos

      1 pkg. medium tortillas
      1 lb. ground beef
      1 pkg. taco seasoning
      1 can refried beans
      1 can enchilada sauce
      1 pkg. shredded Mexican cheese
      Sour cream if desired

      Prepare ground beef according to seasoning packet. Fill tortillas with refried beans and beef mixture. Roll up and put in 13 x 9 baking pan with the seams facing down. Pour enchilada sauce over the top and generously sprinkle with shredded cheese. Bake in 350* oven for 15 – 20 minutes, or until cheese is thoroughly melted. Top with sour cream if desired.

      Obviously you can double it for your “HUGE” family, LOL! We never use just a pound of ground beef at a time anymore. I love these because they are tasty and easier than burritos. I feel like a waitress on burrito night because I have to fix everyone’s differently, then by the time I’m finished, someone is ready for a second one! These you just bake and serve.

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