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chicken noodle soup casserole

I’ve never been one to LOVE chicken noodle soup. It always reminded me of being sick and lacked substance….I mean, who really loves watery soup with overcooked veggies? Not I.

But then last week when Adam had his shoulder surgery, I tried this casserole and it changed my mind about chicken soup forever.

The casserole is creamy and rich, with angel hair pasta and a buttery ritz cracker topping. While I was cooking, the house smelled just like my grandma’s and I felt more like a “real” grown-up than ever before.

Real grown-ups make casseroles, right? And with my injured patient in the bed upstairs, it just felt like the right thing to do.

We loved this casserole for dinner and Adam decided it was best enjoyed with an ice cold Dr. Pepper straight from the can.

I sure do love that boy!

We also decided, though, that it was equally as delicious for breakfast! Don’t knock it till you try it, folks.

Head to The Tasty Kitchen Blog to get my full photo step-by-step recipe!

And grab a Dr. Pepper while you’re at it.

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46 Comments

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    Moni'sMeals
    March 3, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    Are those Ritz crackers? I am sold on anything with them, this does look really good. Maybe using Tuna too.

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    Hannah (Culture Connoisseur)
    March 3, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    Oh YUM!!! I can’t describe how this post makes me feel….I feel excited. And I swear I can almost smell this through my computer. Wee! So many good recipes today on here!

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    Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin
    March 3, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    ohhh what an interesting spin on the classic soup. This looks amazing!! And I think ritz crackers take anything in life from good to great!

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    Jenny
    March 3, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    I seriously might have to try this tonight! hearty, warm , and comforting! yummmmm! Could possibly make a good lasagna too?:)

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    Anon
    March 3, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    This is one of the few times I’ve been able to read blogs this week πŸ™
    Wishing I had your job πŸ™‚ + a win on the lottery.

    That does look comforting — should be nice considering I just spent $1000 on car repairs …for a car that might last another year….and the budget gets tighter and tighter and tighter…
    Pretty pictures as usual.

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    Apicius' Apprentice
    March 3, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    It sounds as comforting as chicken soup! YUM!!!

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    Kristen @ That Hoosier Girl
    March 3, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    I love casseroles. You can totally get away with a one dish supper with them…and I’m all for that!

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    Annalise
    March 3, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    Never even thought to turn a soup into a casserole dish. Brilliant! This looks much more fun to eat. Gonna try this for sure, thanks!

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    Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga)
    March 3, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    The casserole looks great, Jenna!

    And lucky Adam for having your nurse-maid him back to health πŸ™‚

    Hope your move has been going well and you’re feeling a bit more settled. Takes a good week, or more, to get some calm back after a move, I’ve found. Hang in there πŸ™‚

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    Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather
    March 3, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    Only you would come up with this idea! Someone near me is actually heating up what I can only think is chicken noodle soup so I really want a spoonful of your casserole. Heading over to check it out!

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    Kelly @ Laughter, Strength, and Food
    March 3, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    YUM! Such comfort food! πŸ™‚

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    Ameena
    March 3, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    Your photos are just out of this world! I love the action shot.

    And the recipe looks delicious!

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    ravan
    March 3, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    omgosh!! i have seriously been WAITING for you to make this!!! thankyouthankyouthankyou!!!!!

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    Heather @ Sugar & Spice
    March 3, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    Jenna-
    I’m excited to try this. It looks beautiful! I hope Adam is healing and that your move is going well!

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    Katie @ Pop Culture Cuisine
    March 3, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    I must admit I usually feel the same about most Chicken Noodle Soups, that was until a friend taught me how to make her crock pot chicken noodle soup. Let’s just say it was life changing, so think and creamy it is well worth it!

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    Jenn @ Frost Bites
    March 3, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    Your pictures look so HD..I can smell the casserole.

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    Baking 'n' Books
    March 3, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    Definitely not a soup person.

    But a casserole – I kind do. It invites cheese πŸ™‚

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    Paige
    March 3, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    What a way to make comfort food even comfier πŸ™‚

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    Mary (What's Cookin' with Mary)
    March 3, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    I love casseroles ! I just made one (and blogged about it) last night… I just took a bite of some of the cold leftovers and it’s SO much yummier than yesterday. I think that’s the best part about them.

    Next time B’s feeling under the weather, I’ll make him this fo sho!

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    Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama}
    March 3, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    I’ll bet this was just what your injured patient needed. πŸ™‚

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    Lisa (Dishes of Mrs. Fish)
    March 3, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    This looks so delightful and comforting!

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    Melomeals: Vegan for $3.33 a Day
    March 3, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    Even as a vegan, I have a connection to the canned chicken noodle soup my grandma used to make!

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    Joelle (The Pancake Girl)
    March 3, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    That casserole makes me both grossed out and insanely curious to taste it all at the same time! I love chicken soup so I feel like it probably would be right up my alley.. and casseroles definitely scream adult if you ask me. πŸ˜‰

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    R @ Learning As I Chop
    March 3, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    This looks delicious. Might need to try it

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    Sarah (Running To Slow Things Down)
    March 3, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    Mmm…yes please! This looks amazing. I’m a huge fan of chicken casserole. Anything with crunchy cracker crumbs on top is a winner in my book. πŸ˜€

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    Emma
    March 3, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    This casserole is so creative! what an inventive way to healthify and modify a retro classic!

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    Natalia - a side of simple
    March 3, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    I almost wouldn’t mind getting a cold just for an excuse to make this casserole! Then again, why wait? I bet the healing powers of chicken soup will work just as good for preventing sickness.

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    Lizz @ Leading the Good Life
    March 3, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    Yum! I had to run home and make a vegetarian version of this! πŸ™‚
    http://www.leadingthegoodlife.net/2011/03/03/un-chicken-noodle-soup-casserole/

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    Ella
    March 3, 2011 at 11:06 pm

    Ah, you guys are just the cutest. Though you are complete strangers to me, I just sense the sweetness and calm of your relationship every time you talk about Adam. I guess chicken noodle casserole makes me get a bit reflective!

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    Megan@Dirty Dishes Daily
    March 3, 2011 at 11:52 pm

    I couldn’t agree more. Chicken noodle has always been a pretty blah soup. I might be biased though because I LOVE creamy soups.

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    Megan@Dirty Dishes Daily
    March 3, 2011 at 11:56 pm

    I couldn’t agree more. Chicken noodle has always been such a blah soup. But I might be a little biased since I LOVE creamy soups.

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    Anne
    March 4, 2011 at 4:02 am

    I have to admit, I’m more inspired by the spinach feta turkey burger πŸ˜‰

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    megan @ blackberries for jam
    March 4, 2011 at 4:04 am

    You are such a sweet caretaker. I’m calling you when I get sick!

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    marla
    March 4, 2011 at 5:09 am

    This is such a great idea for a casserole. Bet that ritz topping makes it extra special πŸ™‚

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    Katrina
    March 4, 2011 at 5:13 am

    This looks like such comfort food. Awesome recipe.

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    Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef
    March 4, 2011 at 9:21 am

    so i don’t like chicken noodle soup…. but this looks good. probably because it’s a casserole, and i love casseroles. yes, i am totally from the midwest πŸ™‚ and i’m not ashamed!!

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    Sonia (the Mexigarian)
    March 4, 2011 at 10:10 am

    The husband just got sick and I was planning on making him some chicken soup (even though he is not soup fan). I might have to give this a try instead. . . .

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    Maria
    March 4, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    I wish I were there now! I’m battling a cold and that casserole looks just amazing and comforting.

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    Jennifer
    March 9, 2011 at 11:13 am

    My grandma used to make this all the time… only before she added the crackers she added them to some melted butter in a pan. She’d add them to the casserole in the last 5(?) minutes of cooking so they weren’t soggy, they were crunchy! Infinitely better than the dry crumbs!

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    Christine
    March 10, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    Made this last night and it was a huge hit! Both my husband and I are nursing colds and it was just what the doctor ordered! I passed on having it for breakfast-but will eat it again tonight!

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    Mary
    March 22, 2011 at 11:16 am

    This is fantastic! I made it last week and want to make it again for dinner this week. It was so good for leftovers too.

    I want to share it with everyone! (The recipe that is. The finished product is all mine!)

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    EllenE
    August 27, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    I made this tonight! It was AWESOME, will definitely be making it again, thank you for the recipe πŸ™‚

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    Amber
    August 24, 2012 at 7:18 am

    I made this last night for my boyfriend and we both loved it. On the other website a lot of people said in the reviews it came out dry and recommended adding extra milk, so I filled up one of the soup cans with milk and added it. Turned out perfectly creamy. I ate it for breakfast and am having it again for lunch. πŸ™‚ After I finish all these leftovers, I will definitely make it again sometime in the future. This recipe is a keeper!

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    K.
    March 4, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    I just made this for my own sick boyfriend, remembering your story, and YUM. Comfort food to the max.

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