If you haven’t already, you simply must check out what a hoot Margo Martindale is talking about her hit CBS show The Millers and the new film August: Osage County (opening Dec. 25). Then take a gander at the recipe below. Martindale reports that at the end of filming days on Osage, production of which was based in and around Bartlesville, Oklahoma (population 36,000), she and costar Meryl Streep would often prepare pot-luck meals for their fellow actors, including Julia Roberts, Chris Cooper, Ewan McGregor and Dermot Mulroney. “Meryl’s an amazing cook,” says Martindale. But she was no slouch herself. Below are her instructions to make a satisfying dish that wowed her male castmates. They have recalled it as “Oklahoma chicken pie,” but Martindale laughs and says, “They don’t even know what it’s really called! It’s my mother’s chicken-spaghetti casserole.” By any name, it’s delicious. Try it out—and let the family feuds commence over who gets the leftovers.
Chicken and Pasta Casserole
- 1 fryer chicken, cut into pieces
- 3 cups dry spaghetti, broken into 2-inch pieces
- 2 cans cream of mushroom soup
- 2 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese
- ¼ cup finely diced green pepper
- ¼ cup finely diced onion
- 1(4-oz) jar diced pimentos, drained
- 2 cups chicken broth (from pot)
- 1 cup chopped celery
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- 2 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
- ½ cup sour cream
- ⅛ tsp cayenne Pepper
- 1 cup additional grated sharp cheddar cheese
Boil cut up fryer chicken until cooked. Remove from water and allow to cool enough so that you can pick 2 cups worth of chicken off the bones. Set broth aside.
Cook spaghetti in same chicken broth until al dente. Do not overcook.
When spaghetti is cooked, combine with remaining ingredients except additional 1 cup sharp cheddar.
Place mixture in casserole pan and top with remaining sharp cheddar.
Cover and freeze up to six months, cover and refrigerate up to two days, or bake immediately: 350°F for 45 minutes until bubbly. (If the cheese on top starts to burn, cover with foil).