Chicken Cordon Bleu Pasta
My kids and I spent a few days in Birmingham with my sister and her family for my nephew’s 3rd birthday, while my hubby stayed behind for work and school. It was a blast! I am happy to be back home with Uncle Bee and our normal routine, but I miss them so much already! Friday night my sister made this phenomenal Chicken Cordon Bleu Pasta and it was SO DELICIOUS! I took one bite and knew, I HAD to make it for Uncle Bee when we got home and so I did 😉
I fried 2 diced chicken breast in a little bit of butter for this recipe, but feel free to use leftover chicken! (grilled would be AMAZING!) If you love chicken cordon bleu, you gotta try this one!
- 12 oz penne noodles, cooked al dente (reserve 1/2 cup of the pasta water to mix in the cheese sauce)
- 8 oz cream cheese
- 2 cups heavy whipping cream
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
- 1/2 tsp garlic salt
- 2 cups shredded swiss cheese, divided
- 2 cooked chicken breast, diced
- 3/4 cup ham, diced
- 3/4 cup cooked bacon, diced
- 1/2 cup finely crushed croutons
- 1 tbsp butter, finely chopped
- Italian parsley for garnish
Cook pasta to al dente and reserve 1/2 cup of the starchy pasta water. Combine cream cheese and heavy cream in a sauce pan over medium heat. Add onion powder and garlic salt. Whisk until cream cheese is melted. Stir in 1 cup of the swiss cheese and continue stirring until smooth. Set aside. Combine noodles, bacon, ham, chicken, cheese sauce and reserved starchy water in a large bowl. Taste to check seasonings. Pour mixture in a greased 9×13 pan. Add remaining cup of cheese and crushed croutons. Top with pieces of butter. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. Garnish with parsley.