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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
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 20 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


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


  • Preheat oven to 350°. Cook pasta according to package directions for al dente.
  • 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.
  • Drain pasta; stir in chicken, bacon and ham. Add sauce; toss to coat. Transfer to a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining cheese and the bread crumbs. Bake, uncovered, 18-22 minutes or until heated through.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/2 cups: 826 calories, 56g fat (33g saturated fat), 249mg cholesterol, 1093mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 47g protein.

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  • Kristen
    Oct 18, 2020

    Love this recipe. The first time I made it was for a family dinner and everyone went crazy for it. My kids have since moved to their own homes or college and if I make this I have to triple the recipe so that I can send it and/or deliver to each child. I always have a pan of it in the freezer(without the sauce). I make it the same as this recipe the only thing I do differently is add asparagus to it when in season. The funny thing is that my kids don't like asparagus but if I dont add it they get upset lol. Great recipe.

  • joyceboyle
    Apr 16, 2020

    I made this for my husband and his two workers at his garage for lunch.I didn't have heavy cream,so I used 1 cup of evaporated milk and one cup of whole milk they loved it,this recipe is a keeper,will definitely make this again and again.

  • Casie
    Nov 25, 2019

    I am hoping someone reads this and can answer a question for me. Do you think this recipe would work if it were tossed like a pasta dish with a pasta sauce, rather than baked like a casserole? (My review is based on what I've read; I have yet to make the dish. I only rated it so I could present this question.)

  • ms11145
    Nov 18, 2019

    A tad dry so next time I will up the milk and maybe make a white sauce to accommodate. I also added frozen green peas just to add color.

  • moonmamaof2
    May 26, 2019

    Live this recipe! My kids love it too. There's never any leftovers.

  • Davina
    Mar 29, 2019

    I love this! Does it work well as a freezer meal?

  • walkbal
    Oct 18, 2018

    This recipe is definitely terrific...gave it only four stars just because of the calorie count....but it tastes great. I have been making it since I first found it on Taste of Home and now everyone asks for it whenever we have a potluck event. Instead of baking it in the oven, I put it in a crock pot on low and it turns out great. Thanks for another terrific recipe.

  • shelli1542
    Jan 18, 2018

    This was the perfect recipe to use a bunch of leftovers. I didn’t have heavy cream so used half and half and milk instead and it came out great.

  • Pooh565
    Jan 9, 2018

    Great recipe! Followed the recipe exactly except for omitting the ham and my kids love it! Very easy to make.

  • bolltron
    Jan 5, 2018

    Tried it with more bacon suggestion. Hard to go wrong with cheese and bacon. Hit with family, only down side it is high in calories but so is ice-cream and fudge sauce so we ate it slowly and enjoyed each bite.