Mueller’s Pot-Sized Pasta and a Chicken Tetrazzini Recipe

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Have you had a chance to try the new Mueller’s Pot-Sized Pasta? It’s been on sale in many stores and I have been eager to try it. I’m one of those cooks who always breaks the pasta in half, before it goes into the pot. I think it fits better and is definitely easier to eat. The downfall of this method is that some of the pasta always ends up on the kitchen floor, unless you are one of the family pets that is. They are always happy to gobble up an bits of broken pasta. Mueller’s Pot-Sized Pasta not only fits better in the pot, but it’s a real time saver. As someone who uses a lot of kitchen shortcuts, this losing that extra step is a nice bonus.

Mueller's Pot-Sized Pasta

The folks at Mueller’s are admittedly a little obsessed with shortcuts, and when it comes to cooking they are all for anything that makes things in the kitchen go faster, easier, and better. That’s how they came up with the idea for their new Pot-Sized Pasta. All those little pieces of broken pasta on the stovetop? Gone, ‘cause Mueller’s has made their spaghetti half the length. It goes straight into the pot without breaking. So not only does it save a step or two, it even comes in a cute box that fits better in the pantry. It’s the little, “no-duh” things like this that change things forever.

Mueller's Pot-Sized Pasta

I picked up a box of Mueller’s Pot-Sized Linguine the other day and whipped up a batch of Chicken Tetrazzini. Losing that extra step of breaking the pasta in half is pretty sweet, especially on a busy weeknight. Another shortcut I use when preparing dishes like this, is picking up an already cooked rotisserie chicken from the store. It makes preparing a dish like this a breeze. Chicken Tetrazzini is a family favorite. Here’s the recipe that I use…

Chicken Tetrazzini

ingredients:

3-4 cups cooked, diced chicken
8 ounces Mueller’s Pot-Sized Linguine
10 tablespoons butter
16 ounces sliced mushrooms
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cup heavy cream
2 cups chicken stock
1/4 cup dry sherry
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup Panko bread crumbs
1 1/2 tablespoon pimento
1 medium onion, finely diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup frozen green peas, thawed
3 slices of bacon, cooked and crumbled
1 tablespoon lemon juice

Don’t let the ingredient list scare you. You probably already have most of these ingredients in your pantry. This delish recipe is well worth the effort!

Chicken Tetrazzini Casserole

directions:

Heat the oven to 425°. Butter a 2 1/2- to 3-quart baking dish.

Cook spaghetti or linguine noodles according to package directions. Meanwhile, Meanwhile, in skillet, melt 4 tablespoons butter over medium-low heat; sauté sliced mushrooms until golden. Transfer to a bowl and set aside. Deglaze the pan with sherry on low heat. Cook and stir until almost all the liquid has been reduced. To the pan add 2 tablespoons of butter and the onion. Saute onions until tender, add the garlic and cook an additional 2-3 minutes longer. Add the diced bacon and heat through.

In a saucepan, melt 4 tablespoons butter; stir in flour. Stir and cook for 3 minutes, add cream and chicken stock, stir and cook until thick and smooth. Add chicken, and cooked mushrooms; heat through. Place noodles or spaghetti in a buttered baking dish; pour on sauce.

Combine Parmesan cheese and bread crumbs. Sprinkle over the top of the casserole.

Bake in a 400 to 425 degree oven for 15 to 20 minutes, or until hot and bubbly.

Tip: If you don’t want to use cooking sherry, you can substitute with 1/4 cup apple juice and 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar.

Angela's Kitchen Shortcut

Kitchen Shortcut: Since Mueller’s shared their awesome kitchen shortcut with us, I figured I would share a kitchen shortcut of my own. This Chicken Tetrazzini recipe and other casseroles can easily be doubled without taking up much more time. Place half the prepared recipe into a freezer safe container and save for a busy night later in the week. I like to use disposable containers with a clear plastic lid. With a Sharpie marker, I write the name of the dish and baking directions onto the top of the lid. Wrap the container in plastic wrap to prevent freezer burn, and freeze.

I entered the Mueller’s Pot-Sized Pasta “Show Us Your Shortcut” Contest!

Please VOTE for my kitchen shortcut in the Mueller’s Show Us Your Shortcut Facebook contest. You can vote once each day. Your vote makes you eligible to win a $100 American Express gift card in 1 of 6 weekly drawings! Or enter your own great time-saving kitchen trick!

Comments

  1. What a great invention. Recipe looks delicious too!

  2. I haven’t seen this in the stores here yet. I’ve broken my long noodles for years so I think it’s about time one did it. Great freezing tip – where do you find trays with clear lids?

  3. Half sized noodles is genius! And your recipe looks amazing. I love meals I can double for the freezer.

  4. What a delicious recipe! I’m in desperate need for new dinner ideas and this is great. I think my family would enjoy it!

  5. That is a smart way to make dinner for two nights at once. Why have I never thought to do that? I always have leftovers and this way I could intentionally save it for later :)

  6. Oh my goodness! I am all about these pot-sized noodles. They’ll be perfect for my little boys who get frustrated with the longer noodles.

  7. Pot sized noodles are GENIUS! Your recipe looks so good…pin-worthy!

  8. I’m notorious for breaking pasta in half before cooking it! I’ve seen this on occasion, I just haven’t picked it up yet (maybe this weekend, though!)

  9. I love that there’s half sized noodles! ANd your recipe looks amazing!

  10. Mmm, that looks good! love the pot-sized spagetti noodles! No more breaking them in half!

  11. Pot sized noodles, perfect! And thank you for the recipe. I love meals that I can make ahead for those busy nights. I need to stock my freezer with those meals.

  12. Ooooo, I didn’t see the linguine noodles yet! I’ll have to try that next time. The shorter length is awesome!

  13. Wow, that seriously looks amazing! I would love a tetrazzini dinner tonight! Yum!

  14. These new pot-sized pasta inventions are AMAZING! Seriously – you have no idea how happy I am to not chuck broken noodles all over my kitchen or try to stuff oversized noodles into a pot of boiling water!

  15. I used to break up my pasta and then I got one of those microwave pasta cookers… they are awesome, throw the noodles in the container fill with water put in microwave walk away until it beeps at you ;) These would be much easier to manage while eating though – I still have trouble slurping the full length spaghetti up even at my age!

  16. Yummy that looks so good!!! I never knew they had Pot-Sized Pasta.. gonna keep my eyes peeled!

  17. Thanks for sharing your recipe. I love chicken tetrazzini.

  18. So now I don’t have waist my arm strength and break the noodles!! I love this!! Great recipe tooo!

  19. This looks amazing veggies cheese and bacon. can’t go wrong!

  20. Thanks for sharing your recipe. Chicken tetrazzini is one of my faves!

  21. I have had a coupon for those noodles but haven’t used it yet. I just may need to now.

  22. The recipe sounds yummy, and I love the idea of freezing some for a convenient weeknight meal. I’m going to have to look for this pasta!

  23. That looks so insanely delicious. I’ve never heard of these noodles, but they look so much more convenient than the full size ones!

  24. Breaking pasta leaves tiny pieces all over the stovetop, so this is a wonderful idea.

  25. That looks like a really good recipe and something I could do in advance. Thanks for the tip

  26. I have Rachel Ray’s pasta pot specifically so I don’t have to break pasta! It even has a vent for pouring off water. I love chicken tetrazini!

  27. That looks really good! I am loving the convenience of the pot-sized pasta!

  28. That pasta looks SO good! I haven’t had dinner yet and you’re making me hungry!

  29. THis looks so delish! I can’t wait to make this for my family this weekend. Thanks for the fabulous recipe!!!!!

  30. This looks so good! I’ve been wondering about this spaghetti.

  31. Love the pot sized pasta. I am so happy they finally released a product like this!

  32. that’s my fave shortcut- cook once, eat twice!

  33. We made Chicken Tetrazzini last night!

  34. Today is the first time I’ve heard about the pot-sized pasta – ingenious! I love your kitchen shortcut, too!

  35. This looks so good and great alternative to an every day spaghetti night.

  36. Love the pot sized spaghetti! And the recipe looks super yummy (except for the mushrooms).

  37. I am planning on making a few meals for a friend because the are going through some illnesses, this would be perfect.

  38. Those pot sized noodles look pretty cool. And I bet that recipe is a hit!

  39. This looks amazing!!!! I’m always trying to find new dishes and shortcuts too.

  40. I am all about cooking double and saving half. Love the pot-sized pasta!

  41. i just read about these on another blog. I am going to purchase them. Mueller’s does love shortcuts and i am thankful for it.

  42. I love the idea of pot sized noodles. They are amazing!

  43. Eliz Frank says:

    What a great way to prepare pasta. You dish looks quite tasty and not difficult to make.

  44. My mouth was literally watering by the time I finished reading your ingredient list. I’m so hungry!

  45. I haven’t bought these yet. I love the recipe though. We love make ahead meals.

  46. I can’t believe they haven’t come out with this sooner! It was like when the bun size hotdog finally came out – why didn’t this happen earlier!:)

  47. This recipe looks SO delicious! I love this kitchen shortcut.

  48. Mmmm…your tetrazzini recipe looks really good. :) I love this shortcut!

  49. Loving this pasta and this recipe sounds and looks amazing!

  50. The pot-sized pasta is definitely cute and convenient! I also really appreciate your recipe; I like turkey tetrazzini, but haven’t thought about it in a long time. I’m pinning this so I can make it later.

  51. Your recipe looks amazing! Can’t wait to try it!

  52. This looks and sounds so good! And I love that it’s a one dish meal pretty much, less to wash at the end of the night.

  53. I love the idea of potsized pasta. This recipe looks fantastic, definitely going to give it a shot.

  54. misty farmer says:

    I loved the tip u gave for freezing! Thats awesome, and Im gonna start doing that with a few! Also thats what lead me to this Recipe, and I want to try it out! Thanks for the great tip amd recipe :) Bookmarked this page!

  55. This recipe is to-die-for! I’d love pasta! I would really be interested in making this for dinner one night soon. My family would just gobble it up!!

  56. For me, this is the first time I’ve heard about the pot-sized pasta – I think it is so smart! I love your kitchen shortcut, it is really helpful!

  57. Barbara Mc / Whenihave Time says:

    This is a wonderful recipe. Thanks for sharing. I really love the tip on cooking double and freezing one for later. We do that and it is wonderful!

  58. Jo-Ann Brightman says:

    This was a good idea of Muellers because many people break the pasta before placing in it the pot to boil. I also like both your recipe for chicken tetrazzini and your tip.

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