the baker upstairs: chicken cordon bleu pasta

11.14.2014

chicken cordon bleu pasta

Yum

Yeah, I totally can't stop with the one dish pasta meals/variations on mac and cheese. They're just too easy and too yummy! Sometimes it's nice to have a meal that I know the kids will eat without complaints. Plus there's just something so homey and comforting about a simple pasta dish. My mom used to make a creamy pasta with ham all the time when I was a kid, and it was my favorite for years. I've been craving chicken cordon bleu lately, so when I found all the ingredients for this little number in the fridge and pantry, I decided to give it a try. So delicious! I'm excited to have another fun and easy pasta dish under my belt for busy weeknights!

Chicken Cordon Bleu Pasta

8 ounces pasta (I used casarecce but pretty much any kind would work)
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons flour
1 cup chicken broth
1 cup milk
1/2 - 1 teaspoon salt (to taste)
pepper (to taste)
1 cup grated swiss cheese
1 1/2 cups chopped cooked chicken (I used rotisserie)
3/4 cup chopped ham (I used turkey ham)
1/4 cup cracker crumbs or buttered bread crumbs

Cook the pasta according to the package directions and drain. While the pasta is cooking, in a large skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. When the butter is melted, whisk in the flour to form a paste. Let cook 2-3 minutes until golden. Gradually add the milk, whisking so there are no lumps. Let cook for a few minutes until thickened, then gradually add the chicken broth, continuing to whisk constantly. Whisk in the salt and pepper, then let the mixture cook for a few minutes, until thickened to desired consistency. Remove from heat and whisk in the swiss cheese until melted. Return to heat and stir in the chicken, ham, and cooked pasta, until warmed through. Sprinkle with cracker crumbs, then serve. Enjoy!
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