Yankee Doodle Noodles is a tasty way to use up leftover chicken or turkey. Noodles, cooked chicken or turkey, mushrooms, cheese, and artichoke hearts go together quickly in a casserole enriched by cream and Cheddar Cheese. Yum!
Yankee Doodle Noodles Recipe
8 ounces wide egg noodles (or egg-free noodles), cooked al dente and drained
2 Tablespoons butter
1 small onion, minced
8 ounces white mushrooms, brushed clean and chopped
1/4 cup sweet white wine
2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
1-1/2 cups heavy cream
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
1/2 cup diced roasted red peppers (may substitute diced fresh red bell peppers)
1/2 chopped fresh fennel or celery
2-1/2 cups shredded cooked leftover or rotisserie chicken (may substitute cooked turkey)
1 (13.75-ounce) can artichoke hearts, drained well and sliced thin (may substitute frozen)
2 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese, divided use
Sweet Hungarian paprika
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Spray a 3-quart (9- x 13-inch) glass casserole dish with vegetable spray or butter.
In a medium saucepan, saute onions and mushrooms in the butter until onions are soft and mushroom liquids have evaporated. Add sweet white wine and saute 1 minute to burn off alcohol.
Stir in the flour and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 additional minute. Slowly add the heavy cream and stir until smooth. Cook over medium heat, stirring often, until thickened. Add nutmeg, then salt and pepper to taste. Remove from heat.
Fold in roasted red peppers, fennel or celery, chicken or turkey, artichoke hearts, and 1 cup of the Cheddar cheese. Gently toss turkey mixture with the cooked noodles and pour into prepared casserole dish. Distribute remaining cup of Cheddar cheese evenly on top and sprinkle lightly with paprika.
Bake uncovered about 30 minutes, until top is lightly browned. Let rest 5 minutes before serving. A green vegetable, such as sweet peas, green beans, spinach, or asparagus works well as a side dish.
Yield: 6 servings
Yankee Doodle Noodles Recipe Photo ©2020 Peggy Filippone