Cozy Food

A blizzard is raging outside; 7” or so of snow are already on the ground with more to come.  There is a snow day.   The kids are home and they have had their fill of sledding, snowball fights and snowmen.  Hot cocoa has been the drink of the day.  And now, as darkness falls, there is a fire in the fireplace.  What to make on a night like this? This is the prefect night for cozy food- pasta.  And, it does not get more fulfilling than Chicken Tetrazzini. 

Note: if you are short on time- buy a rotisserie chicken- it is perfect for the meat of this dish.  Also, this can be made in advance and frozen or refrigerated until ready to use.      

Chicken Tetrazzini serves 6

4 c. sliced mushrooms

5 T. unsalted butter

¼ c. flour

2 c. milk- preferably whole

2 c. chicken broth

¼ c. dry white wine

10 oz. spaghetti

3 c. coarsely chopped chicken

1 c. cooked peas

2/3 c. grated Parmesan

1/3 c. fine breadcrumbs

  1. In a large heavy saucepan cook the mushrooms in 4 T. of butter over medium-low heat, stirring until most of the liquid they give off has evaporated.
  2. Reduce heat to low.  Stir in the flour and cook the mixture for 3 minutes.
  3. Add in a stream the milk, broth and wine.  Bring mixture to a boil while stirring constantly.  Simmer for 5 minutes while stirring.  Remove from heat.
  4. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.  Cook pasta according to directions to just before al dente.  Drain.
  5. In a large bowl, combine the pasta and mushroom sauce, chicken, peas, salt and pepper to taste.  Stir in 1/3 c. of Parmesan and transfer mixture to a large casserole.
  6. In a small bowl combine the rest of the Parmesan, breadcrumbs and salt and pepper to taste.  Sprinkle the mixture over the Tetrazzini and dot top with butter.
  7. Bake for 30-40 minutes at 375.


  1. Raye
    Posted February 11, 2010 at 2:42 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Why is it that my eyes cross, my stomach hurts and my brain empties whenever I look for recipes in cookbooks, on cooking web sites or, god forbid, in gourmet food magazines? I am totally overwhelmed within three minutes. But here, the recipes not only make me laugh, but they actually make sense! The fog lifts…….

  2. Posted February 11, 2010 at 6:18 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Now THIS looks absolutely de-lish. Hey, Lis….!

  3. Posted February 16, 2010 at 8:58 am | Permalink | Reply

    Your sis is poised to make this for us any day now…yum.

    Hey, think about adding photos to your posts; I find that the blogs I return to consistently liven things up visually w. a simple photo or graphic in their posts. Doesn’t have to be of the recipe per se, just something related…

    Keep up the great work!

  4. Lisa
    Posted February 19, 2010 at 9:48 am | Permalink | Reply

    Made this for my husband last night. He was in heaven! Made a yummy stock with the chicken carcass that I’ve frozen in 1 cup servings for future adventures in the kitchen. It’s all good.

    Thanks for the Tettrazini recipe.

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