Creamy Chicken Noodle Casserole (from Scratch) & Helping a Friend!

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Today’s post is a really special post!

Blogging is a community and I have made so many amazing friends in the blogosphere!  One of those friends is Ashley who blogs over at Center Cut Cooksurely you MUST recognize her world famous Chocolate Lasagna!  Ashley really is one of the sweetest kindest people I’ve ever had the privilege of knowing and today I share her story!

A serving of chicken noodle casserole with peas and carrots


Ashley’s Story

Ashley has been married to a great guy, Ryan, for 10 years..  and just one week after learning they were expecting their first child, Ryan was diagnosed with colon cancer at the age of 29.  I can’t even imagine what they have been through over the course of this journey. Ashley & Ryan have met each day unimaginable courage and positivity.  BUT…  there’s more to the story.  Months and many chemo treatments later, the gorgeous Mr. Miles was born!  Such a wonderfully joyous occasion to see this beautiful family grow!!

And then the unthinkable…

AND THEN…  their life changed again in an instant when a seizure left baby Miles diagnosed with a rare and life threatening genetic disease requiring a liver and kidney transplant on their baby boy (Primary Hyperoxaluria Type 1).   Life for this family has been filled with hospitals, chemo and dialysis.  Baby Miles is now actively waiting for a liver transplant and the call could come at anytime.

Chicken noodle casserole with a breadcrumb topping

What to do?

I wish I were near, I would come by and help Ashley.  How I wish I could pitch in with yard work, shopping, housework and a home cooked meal but I can’t.  I’m too far away.  Instead, I’ve teamed up with some of my absolute favorite blogger friends to bring you this virtual potluck and fundraiser in our friend Ashley’s honor!

Together we can help Ashley & Ryan, (who are self employed), I can only imagine the pile of bills (both medical and other).  I am reaching out to you, my friends, my followers and those who enjoy my recipes.  Please consider a donation, it doesn’t matter how small or large, to help a truly amazing family…  it can be as small as just $1, every little bit helps!  

You & I can help!


Be sure to visit the other great bloggers below who have also created yummy dishes in this potluck!  And if you could kindly PIN or SHARE this recipe or any of the recipes on this list to help get the word out, I would be ever so grateful!

Don’t forget to scroll down and check out all of the other yumminess in this ‘virtual potluck’!

More amazing meals in this Potluck to make and share

Chicken noodle casserole with a breadcrumb topping
4.84 from 37 votes
Review Recipe

Chicken Noodle Casserole (From Scratch)

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Author Holly Nilsson
A comforting recipe with noodles, chicken and veggies in an easy and creamy sauce.


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 1 ½ cups celery sliced
  • 1 ½ cups carrots sliced
  • 6 tablespoons flour
  • ½ teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • ¼ teaspoon thyme
  • pepper to taste
  • 3 cups reduced sodium chicken broth ready to serve
  • 1 cup milk
  • 4 oz cream cheese block, not spreadable
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese
  • 1 package medium egg noodles 15oz
  • 4 cups cooked chicken
  • 1 ½ cups frozen peas
  • ¼ cup red pepper finely diced
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • ½ cup cheddar cheese shredded
  • cup Panko bread crumbs

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  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Add 2 tablespoons butter to a large saucepan. Cook onion, celery & carrot until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in flour, thyme, pepper and poultry seasoning and cook an additional 2 minutes.
  • Add milk and broth. Cook over medium heat until bubbly. Remove from heat and stir in cream cheese & cheddar cheese until melted and smooth.
  • Cook noodles 1 minute less than directed on the package. Drain. Combine chicken, noodles, red pepper, peas, and sauce. Pour into a greased 9×13 pan. Combine topping ingredients and sprinkle over noodles.
  • Bake 30-35 minutes or until heated through.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 444, Carbohydrates: 18g, Protein: 28g, Fat: 28g, Saturated Fat: 13g, Cholesterol: 107mg, Sodium: 372mg, Potassium: 487mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 5g, Vitamin A: 4910IU, Vitamin C: 13.3mg, Calcium: 243mg, Iron: 2.3mg

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Keyword chicken noodle casserole
Course Dinner
Cuisine American

Please stop by and check out these other DELICIOUS recipes made for this pot luck!

And stop by to visit Ashley, Ryan & Miles to offer words of love and encouragement… and if you can, any amount you’re able to donate.


Follow Team Ryan on Facebook for the latest updates

Visit Ryan, Ashley & Miles on You Caring for encouragement &/or donations

Read About Ryan’s Diagnosis Here

Read About Miles’ Diagnosis Here

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  1. I used ground chicken and cooked it with onions, salt, pepper and garlic powder. Mixed it with the milk, soup and noddles and used a can of mixed vegetables. Baked it for 20 minutes. Was a big hit..husband said it was goooood!!5 stars

  2. SOOOO easy and SOOOO tasty! I have made several of Holly’s recipe and each one never failed to impress, including this one! Thanks Holly!5 stars

  3. I made this a few days ago and I like that it has a lot of veggies! The red bell pepper definitely gives it a distinctive taste. It makes a huge amount though and in hindsight I’d probably 1/2 the recipe. I felt like it could have used more spice. 1/4 tsp thyme and 1/2 tsp poultry seasoning for all those ingredients left it a little bland. So if I make this again I’d have to make some adjustments. Thanks3 stars

    1. I agree, we are trying to decide what we would add for seasoning. I added an extra 1/2 tsp poultry seatings and it still wasn’t enough. Wonder about Lawrys?

  4. Cooking this as we speak. Working from home and a bit of a purist, so I’m making my own chicken stock (been on for about 2.5 hours) and oven roasted a cut up chicken that has now been cooked, cooled, skinned, deboned, pulled, and awaiting assembly.

    One quick question. You specify a red pepper, so I am taking you at your word. But I’m curious, did you mean red pepper or red bell pepper? I don’t mind the heat and the 1/4 cup in all this won’t be overpowering, I was just curious.

      1. Made it with the red pepper and it was good. Will try the Red BELL Pepper next time :) If you can edit your post to indicate bell pepper it might be helpful to weak minded individuals like myself. Wife loved it and took it into work today. They get most of my leftovers and are always happy to have lunch provided. I’m sure they’ll love this too!

  5. How is your friend doing?

    As many times as I’ve passed this recipe, I never read who you were helping and why.

    Hoping for the best!

    Planning to try this, this week!

    1. Leslie, thank you so much for keeping Ashley’s family in your thoughts and for asking. I know it would mean a lot to Ashley to read that.

      With a heavy heart I share the news that Ryan has passed away. I am thrilled to share that Miles has successfully received both a kidney and liver transplant and he is thriving. Such a beautiful little man!!

      You can follow their story here on Team Ryan on Facebook.

  6. Wow! This chicken noodle casserole recipe is incredible! I’m seriously so inspired right now. I need to add bellpeppers to recipe and it would be perfect. Thx for sharing!5 stars

    1. I haven’t tried that Michelle, but I think it would work. Let us know if you try it!

  7. Turned out good but a little bland. Trying to figure what to add more off in the seasoning dept..may use a stonger onion next time.3 stars

  8. I didn’t have noodles, so I used rotini pasta. Otherwise, I prepared the recipe exactly as it is. It was delicious!  Comfort food extraordinaire!5 stars

  9. Made this as recipe written. It was a good hearty satisfyingeal with leftovers for another meal and lunches for my Son.
    It was cremy and cheesy. Will make again.5 stars

  10. This recipe is good, but hardly “From scratch” when it uses commercial noodles. A real “from scratch” recipe would have different cooking times and liquid amounts when using freshly made noodles.3 stars

    1. There’s always that one person… I’m sure if you have the skills to make your own pasta that you also know how to adjust the time and liquid amounts.

  11. Definitely your chicken noodle casserole is awesomeness! This is a great recipe Holly, as you know I made it a short while ago and it was lovely, in fact have made it again since. Thanks for sharing!5 stars

  12. I have made this and it is great, I have also used steak strips and ground beef all are good, using the base recipe .5 stars

  13. This is my third time fixing the Chicken Noodle Casserole very easy to make don’t like the red pepper, everything is delicious.5 stars

  14. This was amazing! I was looking for a recipe for this without cream of xx soup.  I made it with rotisserie chicken and added broccoli instead of peas. The next day I went to put some left overs in a container for lunch at work and it was gone! Thank you for a great recipe. This is a great one to prepare in advance for a weeknight dinner.5 stars

  15. I made this tonight and separated it into 6 individual ramekins. I am going to freeze three and enjoy three for lunches this week. The house smells amazing!

  16. Of the many, many, many, many recipes from which to choose to make, I choose this one. One question…since I’ll be leaving out the peas, do I have to replace it with something else or will the casserole be fine without any addition? Thank you so very much.

  17. Thank you, thank you for a recipe that looks delicious and doesn’t contain canned cream of something soup! The canned soup shortcut seems to be all the rage in casseroles and crockpot meals, and I now skip recipes that contain it. I just love it when I find a recipe made the “old-fashioned” way. Can’t wait to try this!

  18. Hi Holly,
    What a beautiful thing to do for your friend and the Chicken Noodle Casserole looks amazing. Hope you are having a great week and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  19. Holly! Your post is the best!! I am so glad I got to “meet” you and work with you on this project. Thank you so much for your help and this freaking amazing Chicken Noodle Casserole. It looks like it needs to get in my face.

  20. This.Is.Comfort.Food. Oh my goodness! I cannot wait to make this! And I LOVE that it’s from scratch! What better meal to take to a friend or family member than something wholesome and made with so much love!

    I’ve loved working on this project – Ashley is such a wonderful inspiration! I hope that our efforts make a difference!

    Have a great day!

  21. This looks SO delicious- the perfect comfort food for a rainy day (which we are getting a lot of right now- April showers!). My husband would love this. I’m definitely pinning for later. Thanks for sharing!

    I stopped by from The Scoop.

  22. A casserole similar to this is one of the very first recipes my mom ever taught me to make. It was a blessing to participate in this great event with you!

  23. Another reason I love the blogging community! It is so powerful! And what is more comforting than a chicken noodles?!

  24. This casserole looks so creamy and comforting! :) I am so happy to be joining in with you and the other amazing bloggers who signed up to help share Ashley’s and her family’s story. <3

  25. Beautiful Chicken Noodle Casserole, beautiful post Holly. Ashley, Ryan and Miles are in my thoughts and prayers.

  26. Nothing more comforting than Chicken Noodle! Love all the colors of the veggies too! Great working with you on this!

  27. I am saving this recipe for next Lent when the hubby begs for a tuna noodle casserole! It looks perfect. So glad to be joining you in helping the Wagners today!