Crash’s Kitchen: Aunt Martha’s Chicken Noodle Casserole

Aunt Martha

Partially cooking the egg noodles allows them to soak up the flavorful sauce without becoming too soft.

This creative casserole is based on a favorite soup of my great aunt and is sure to satisfy any comfort food craving. 

Total Time: 1 hr 35 min
Prep: 10 min
Inactive: 10 min
Cook: 1 hr 15 min
Yield: 8 servings
Level: Easy enough with one noodle tied behind your back.

6 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus more for greasing dish
Kosher salt
12 ounces extra-wide egg noodles
10 ounces white mushrooms, halved or quartered
Freshly ground pepper
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups frozen pearl onions, thawed
1 medium carrot, halved lengthwise and sliced thinly across
1 large stalk celery, sliced thinly
2 sprigs fresh thyme
1/2 cup dry white wine or vermouth
4 cups chicken broth
1 cup heavy cream
2 cups shredded rotisserie chicken, skin and bones discarded
2 tablespoons chopped parsley
1 cup shredded Gouda (about 4 ounces)

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Butter a 3-quart casserole dish.

Bring a large pot of generously salted water to a boil. Add the egg noodles and cook until al dente, about 4 minutes. Strain.

Meanwhile, heat 2 tablespoons of the butter in a large Dutch oven or pot over medium-high heat. Add the mushrooms and cook, stirring occasionally, until browned all over, about 3 minutes. Season with 1/2 teaspoon salt and a few grinds of pepper. Transfer to a small bowl and set aside.

Lower the heat to medium and melt the remaining 4 tablespoons butter in the Dutch oven. Whisk in the flour to form a loose paste. Stir in the onions, carrots, celery and thyme and season with 1/2 teaspoon salt and a few grinds of pepper. Cook for 5 minutes to soften, then add the wine. Whisk for 30 seconds, then add the chicken broth and heavy cream. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove the thyme sprigs; fold in the noodles, mushrooms, chicken and parsley and season with salt and pepper. Transfer to the buttered casserole dish and top with the Gouda.

Bake until bubbly and brown on top, 40 to 45 minutes.