Chicken Cordon Bleu Pasta Casserole

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From www.smalltownwoman.com, by bpierce
Chicken Cordon Bleu Pasta Casserole

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This Easy Chicken Cordon Bleu Pasta Casserole is sure to become one of your family favorites.  It combines tender chicken, sweet ham, Swiss cheese, rigatoni pasta and a perfect blend of spices all in a cream sauce topped with fresh ground croutons.  How could anyone resist all this flavorful goodness packed into one beautiful casserole?

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This casserole takes no time to prep!  If you can handle a couple of things at once you can prep this casserole for the oven in about 20 minutes.  This casserole would be perfect for a party and could be tripled or quadrupled easily.  I also think that it would sit in in a chafing dish, or over a chafer stand well.  I always purchase some low sodium chicken broth for keeping my casserole dishes moist in their chafing dishes during parties.  All they need is about 1/4 to 1/2 cup of chicken broth poured in if they start to get dry over the sternos!  I also cook the pasta ala dente because the pasta will continue to absorb the moisture from the casserole. 

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I sure you and your family enjoy this pasta as much as we do.  Bon appetit my food loving friends!

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Chicken Cordon Bleu Pasta Casserole

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces uncooked rigatoni noodles
  • 2 large boneless skinned chicken breasts cut in small cubes
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 4 tablespoons flour
  • 1 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 lb sliced sweet deli ham cut into bite size pieces
  • 1/2 lb sliced deli Swiss cheese cut into bite size pieces.
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 2 cups well seasoned bread croutons

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cook rigatoni according to box instructions and drain well. .
  3. Heat olive oil and sesame oil over medium heat. Cook chicken until lightly browned and no longer pink inside; approximately 6-8 minutes depending on the size of the cubed chicken. In same skillet melt butter over low heat, whisk in flour and cook for 1 minute. Mixture should be smooth and bubbling. Slowly whisk in milk. Add oregano, basil and garlic powder. Continue whisking until smooth and thickened; approximately 5 minutes.
  4. Lightly spray small rectangular casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray. Combine pasta, creamy milk mixture, chicken, ham and Swiss in the casserole dish. Salt & pepper to taste.
  5. Pulse croutons in food processor or smash in Ziploc bag. Sprinkle over the top, Bake casserole for 25-30 minutes. Turn broiler on the last minute of cooking to lightly brown the top. Stay close by broilers are unpredictable.

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