My grandma has been making chicken spaghetti for as long as I can remember. We have it at least once a year. My mom made it and served it at my rehearsal dinner the day before my wedding. So it is really a family favorite, and sooo yummy. This is the first time I have made it. I learned a few things along the way, like how to stew and bone a chicken and create my own chicken stock. Go me! So here are some photos and the recipe! Recipe:

Stew and bone one 5 lb Hen (hen's apparently have more flavor, they are a little hard to find though)  Note: After I bought the hen, I called my mom for help, and she informed me that boneless skinless chicken breasts worked the same and were much easier to deal with... thanks mom.

Cook 1 lb spaghetti for 4 min (it will cook the rest of the way later on)

Sautee´

1 bunch of celery cut in pieces

1 can of mushrooms

1 bell pepper

1 large onion

3 cloves garlic minced

Combine all ingredient in a large roaster type thing... like this one

add in 3 bay leaves, 2 3/4 cup chicken broth, 1 can tomato soup, 1 can cream of mushroom

cook 1.5 hours at 250 degrees

then add 3/4 lb sliced velveeta on top, let melt, and stir

done!

Mincing the garlic  My hen all ready to be deboned, isn't it cute? Not...

Cutting the celery up... This Bash n' Chop is wonderful! I have two, love them. They can actually cut things without being sharp and you can pick up much more food safer than with a knife.Everyone needs a really good set of knives. Seth's mom gave him a set of Wolfgang Puck knives a few years ago, and I also bought this $17 set of paring and peeling knives which are amazing.This Kitchenaid Food Chopper fooled me. I thought it was a total waste of money, fortunately I didn't trash it and gave it another go today. It's great for mincing the garlic and also for cutting up that onion. No crying here. I just used the bash n'chop to cut it into pieces and then put it in the food chopper. So easy! Oh, that Tupperware plastic mixing bowl pitcher is my favorite; it's probably older than I am. It's the equivalent to this newer version.This is something else everyone already has; a can opener. However, I've gone through over 10-15 in my lifetime. We recieved this Oxo Can opener as a wedding gift. It's great, works every time even on bent cans, and you don't ever have to touch the lid because it has a picker upper built in!Anodized cookware is the way to go! We found this Cuisinart Saute pan at TJ Maxx for a whopping $25, about half price or more! It's what we use about 80% of the time.

The finished result!

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