This recipe for creamy pepper chicken casserole combines shell pasta, cream of mushroom soup and freshly ground black pepper with a tomato and cheese top for a fresh summertime meal.
This is easy to put together and uses pantry basics so its easy on the hip pocket.
Continue reading for money saving tips and gluten and dairy free options. There is also a PDF version of this recipe at the end of the post which can be printed or saved to your device to save on paper.
*The Nutrition Facts label above should be used as a guide only. The amounts can change depending on the brands you use. To reduce the fat content always try to buy reduced fat products and lean meat when you can afford it. Look for reduced salt products and low sugar without artificial sugar replacements.
Try adding fresh mushrooms or red capsicum.
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Gluten and Dairy Free Options
For gluten free; check the soup for gluten and replace the pasta shells with your favorite gluten free pasta. For dairy free; use dairy free mushroom soup. Replace the milk with lactose free milk and use lactose free cheese if you can’t tolerate hard cheeses such as cheddar.
Save money by buying items you use often such as cream of mushroom soup in bulk. It has a long storage life if stored in a cool dark place such as your pantry.
Buy chicken in bulk and when it goes on special. Divide it into 1 pound portions when you get home then freeze for up to 6 months. Thaw by placing in the fridge overnight or on defrost in the microwave.
Leftover casserole can be stored in the fridge for up to three days then reheated on a plate in the microwave with a microwave safe cover on high for 2 minutes, stir then heat for a further minute or until heated through.
Leftovers can also be frozen in freezer safe containers. It is best to freeze in single serve portions. Reheat in the microwave on high for 4 minutes, stir then heat for a further 2 to 3 minutes until heated through.
This guide to Creating Budget Friendly Meals covers everything from planning to making the most of in season vegetables and meat to using raw ingredients to create healthy and nutritious meals which cost less to make. A little forethought can save you a great deal of money over the course of the year.
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