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Chicken Cordon Bleu Pasta

 Chicken Cordon Bleu Pasta
Facebook fans of my blog, Chef in Training, inspired me to make this creamy pasta casserole out of ingredients I had on hand. Success! I took the dish for another flavorful spin and added a bit of smoky bacon and toasted bread crumbs. —Nikki Barton, Providence, Utah
6 ServingsPrep: 25 min. Bake: 20 min.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups uncooked penne pasta
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened and cubed
  • 1-1/2 cups (6 ounces) shredded Swiss cheese, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 cups sliced cooked chicken breast
  • 3/4 cup crumbled cooked bacon
  • 3/4 cup cubed fully cooked ham
  • 3 tablespoons dry bread crumbs

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°. Cook pasta according to package directions
  • for al dente; drain.
  • Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, heat cream and cream cheese over
  • medium heat until smooth, stirring occasionally. Stir in 1 cup Swiss
  • cheese, onion powder, garlic salt and pepper until blended.
  • In a large bowl, combine chicken, bacon, ham and pasta. Add sauce;
  • toss to coat. Transfer to a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. Sprinkle
  • with remaining cheese; top with bread crumbs. Bake, uncovered, 18-22
  • minutes or until heated through. Yield: 6 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1-1/2 cups equals 826 calories,

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Chicken Cordon Bleu Pasta (continued)

Nutritional Facts: 56 g fat (33 g saturated fat), 249 mg cholesterol, 1,093 mg sodium, 33 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 47 g protein.
Wine: Full-Bodied White Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.