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Casserole Season, it looks like the cold weather brings back the psychological yearnings for the casserole or soups or other comfort foods. I am sure our resident Jungian psychiatrist will be able to comment as to why we fall into that pattern, Dr. Spo Any comments?

All recipes is a site I follow and from time to time I love to try some of their recipes. Now I do not like the word or expression ”Comfort food” it has for me a very negative connotation, something to do with processed, starchy, un-healthy. Comfort food should be banned as a term. But then again I do not like wholesome or nutritious either as terms for food because it is use in the publicity for Old Folks Home. I over analyze food wording and its significance in our North American Society. Never mind that, it is just me and my rational French mind. Let’s just say the food was delicious, pleasant, satisfying.

Here is a casserole I thought would be good.

Ingredients
1 (16 ounce) package rigatoni pasta, 1 tablespoon olive oil, 3 boneless skinless chicken breast halves, salt and pepper to taste, 1 (26 ounce) jar tomato sauce with mushrooms or if you prefer a béchamel sauce with mushroom, 2 cups broccoli rabe, trimmed and chopped, 1 (8 ounce) package mozzarella cheese preferably the better quality soft mozzarella, shredded. 1 cup shredded white aged Cheddar cheese.

Directions
Bring a large pot of water to a boil, and cook rigatoni pasta for 8 to 10 minutes, until tender. Drain, and set aside.
Heat a table spoon of olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Season the chicken with salt and pepper, and cook in the skillet until no longer pink and juices run clear. After it is cooked you will want to chop it up in smaller bites.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly butter a 10 inch casserole dish.
In the prepared casserole dish, mix the cooked pasta, cooked chicken, tomato or béchamel sauce, broccoli rabe, and mozzarella cheese. Top with Cheddar cheese.
Bake 25 minutes in the preheated oven, until bubbly and lightly brown.

Let cool for 5 minutes and serve.

P.S. if you do not like Brocoli Rabe you can substitute for Spinach leaves wash them well pat them dry and trim and chop them. Here is the dish with a white sauce, my own preference.

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