I think I can safely say that I eat about 20X more soup in the winter months. I just love a good bowl of soup when the temps start to drop, especially when enjoyed by the warm fire watching a movie. Since the four of us are students and all have mostly opposite schedules, in our house dinner usually consists of me making an overall meal and then each person reheating when they’re hungry. These mini personal casserole dishes are the perfect solution to this, and were really convenient when brainstorming my favorite winter recipe!
One of my favorite meals is my grandma’s chicken and dumplings. I am, certainly by no means, my grandma in the kitchen, but I wanted to think of a simpler way to make this entrée in my home. I headed to my local Wal Mart and first stumbled upon Progresso® Light Chicken Noodle soup. I started thinking about how I could make my own dumplings and make this into a delicious casserole! Like the distracted shopper I am, I kept pursuing the soup isle and then saw the Progresso® Light Creamy Roasted Chicken with Herb Dumplings. Um, yum! The individual casserole dishes controls portion sizes, the Progresso® Light Soups make for a healthy meal choice, and overall it’s a simple, quick dinner recipe.. Just how I like it!
Makes 6 mini casseroles or 1 large casserole
- 4 cans Progresso® Light Creamy Roasted Chicken with Herb Dumplings
- 2 cups of sliced carrots (Fresh or from a can)
- 2 Pie Crusts
- 1/2 teaspoon dried sage
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- Thyme for garnish
- Preheat your oven to 450 degrees.
- In a large pot over medium heat, warm the soup until it begins to simmer. Remove from heat.
- Fill your casserole dishes a quarter way with broth, then top with your chicken and dumplings.
- Distribute carrots on top.
- Top with a sprinkle of dried sage and black pepper.
- Cut your pie crusts into even portions. Then with a butter knife put an "X" in the middle so steam can be released during the baking process. Layer on top of your dish, then lightly press the sides to create a seal.
- Bake for 15 minutes, or until a deep golden brown. Let them sit for a minute to cool before serving.
- We garnished ours with fresh thyme, which really enhanced the flavors!