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5 from 28 votes

Chicken Noodle Casserole

Comforting chicken noodle casserole with a simple homemade white sauce, cheese, chicken and egg noodles.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12
Calories: 392kcal
Author: Lauren Allen

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces egg noodles , cooked al dente
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 24 ounces cottage cheese , small curd
  • 1 large egg , beaten
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese , divided
  • 3/4 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese , divided
  • 4 cups cooked chicken , chopped
  • fresh parsley leaves for garnish, optional

Instructions

  • Cook egg noodles in a large pot of boiling water, just until al dente, or even 1-2 minutes less. (The noodles will continue to cook later, when baked). Drain, rinse with cold water and set aside.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. 
  • Melt butter in an extra large saucepan over medium to medium high heat. Add flour, salt, pepper, garlic powder, dried basil. Cook, stirring, for 1-2 minutes.
  • Slowly whisk in chicken broth, about a cup at a time, until mixture is thickened, about 5-10 minutes. Remove from heat.
  • In a large mixing bowl stir together cottage cheese, egg, 1 cup of mozzarella cheese, and 1/2 cup parmesan cheese.
  • Add chicken, noodles and cheese mixture to the saucepan and stir to combine. Taste and add additional salt, pepper or dried basil, if needed.
  • Pour mixture into a 9x13’’ baking dish (or you can bake it right in an oven-safe saucepan it is in). Top with remaining mozzarella and parmesan cheese.
  • Bake, uncovered, for 30-40 minutes or until golden on top and bubbly.
  • Cool for 10-15 minutes before serving.

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Notes

To make ahead:
You can make this recipe up to 24 hours ahead of time. Undercook the noodles. Assemble, cover tightly with foil and refrigerate. Bake as directed, but you may need to add 10-15 minutes to the baking time.
To freeze: 
Only boil noodles for 4 minutes. Assemble and bake according to directions, and allow to cool.
Cover really well with a double layer of aluminum foil and freeze for up to 2 months. When ready to eat, bake from frozen for 1 1/2 hours (still covered with foil.) Then uncover and bake for another 20-40 minutes or so, or until it's hot and bubbly.

Nutrition

Calories: 392kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 116mg | Sodium: 1035mg | Potassium: 410mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 515IU | Vitamin C: 6.1mg | Calcium: 287mg | Iron: 1.4mg