Chicken spaghetti is comfort food at its best and worst. It has that comforting casserole flavor that’s mild, but not bland, and a creamy, baked texture. But that’s where the goodness stops. Layers of spaghetti noodles, canned cream of mushroom soup and gooey cheese make chicken spaghetti a meal to be avoided at all costs.
But what if chicken spaghetti could be remade into a healthy casserole that tastes really similar the traditional recipe? In the case of chicken spaghetti, this means the casserole should be creamy but not taste like coconut milk, and have the texture of noodles without tasting like (spaghetti) squash. Both of these things can be achieved by using celery root.
Celery root has a neutral flavor and color. It can be turned into a creamy puree or cut into noodle-like matchsticks. In this recipe, it’s a perfect stand-in for cream of mushroom soup, the glue that binds chicken spaghetti together. It’s also a perfect stand-in for noodles.