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One of my favorite casseroles is Pioneer Woman's Chicken Spaghetti.  It is full of flavor and very filling.  Unfortunately, it is also full of canned soup, which is a big red flag for my kitchen.

Since I can't live without Chicken Spaghetti, I revamped the recipe to make it from scratch and … it's even better!  I use whole wheat spaghetti since you can't really tell anyway and good quality white cheddar cheese.   I have found that good quality cheese is well worth the investment.  I use less cheese and it tastes much better.  I recommend skipping the pre-shredded packages and getting a block of good quality cheese.

Chicken Spaghetti from Scratch

Serves 6     adjust servings

Preparation 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 40 minutes

This is an all homemade, from scratch re-vamp of the Pioneer Woman's Chicken Spaghetti Casserole.


  • 3 cups dry whole wheat spaghetti, broken in 2" pieces
  • 2 cups cooked chicken
  • 2 cups chicken broth (preferably homemade)
  • 1 cup milk
  • 6 Tablespoons butter
  • 6 Tablespoons flour
  • 1/4 cup finely diced onion
  • 1/4 cup finely diced bell pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Lawry's seasoned salt
  • 1/8 - 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cups grated white cheddar cheese, separated


  1. In a large heavy oven proof pot, cook spaghetti in salted water just until al dente. Drain and set aside.
  2. Put pot back on the stove and melt butter over medium high heat.
  3. Add onions and peppers and saute until onions are translucent.
  4. Whisk in flour and cook for 1-2 minutes.
  5. Slowly whisk in 1 cup of chicken stock, whisking constantly to avoid lumps.
  6. Add in milk and whisk.
  7. Allow mixture to cook and thicken slightly, about 5 minutes.
  8. Add remaining 1 cup of chicken broth, if needed, to get desired consistency.
  9. Turn off heat and stir in chicken, spaghetti, 1 cup cheese, Lawry's, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper.
  10. Sprinkle remaining 1 cup cheese on top.
  11. Bake at 350 degrees until warm and bubbly, 20-30 minutes
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 582kcal Calories from fat 274
% Daily Value
Total Fat 30g 46%
Saturated Fat 17g 85%
Transfat 1g
Cholesterol 110mg 37%
Sodium 666mg 28%
Carbohydrate 47g 16%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 4g
Protein 32g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g
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5 comments on “Chicken Spaghetti from Scratch

  1. Leah on said:

    great recipe! love chicken spaghetti without the canned soups!

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