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Monday, April 15, 2013

Chicken Cordon Bleu Pasta: SRC



It’s Secret Recipe Club Reveal Day again today!  Yay!!

Secret Recipe Club

This month, I had the pleasure of whipping up something delicious from Sarah’s blog, Sarah’s Kitchen.

Sarah is originally from Kent, England but moved to the US and became a US citizen in the early 2000’s.  Sarah loves to shop with coupons and cook, cook, cook!

I had such fun choosing a recipe from Sarah’s Kitchen!

Since Easter was not too long ago and there was an abundance of ham in my house, I ultimately decided on Chicken Cordon Bleu Pasta (to use up a bit of that ham!)


I made a few changes to the recipe just to lighten it up a bit (the original called for 2 cups of heavy cream – which sounds delicious, but deadly!)  I sometimes worry about substituting milk for heavy cream since it can yield a much runnier sauce, but in this case, 20 minutes in the oven thickened the sauce right up!

To wrap up, I’ll leave you with two quotes uttered by my husband while eating this meal,

“Are there three meats in this?  Yes!”

And

“I can’t stop eating this – I just want more and more!”

Yep, it’s a winner, folks.  Thank you Sarah, for a wonderful recipe!




Recipe Notes:
*Because I have a couple little pasta fanatics in my house, I used a 14.5 oz box of penne plus pasta.  If cooking for just adults, I would use 10 oz of enriched pasta.

Chicken Cordon Bleu Pasta
Recipe adapted from Sarah’s Kitchen

10-14 oz uncooked penne pasta (see note)
½ lb bacon
1 large clove garlic, minced
8 oz cream cheese, preferably 1/3 less fat
2 cups lowfat milk
½ tsp onion powder
1 ½ cup shredded swiss cheese, divided
2 large chicken breasts, cooked and cubed
¾ cup cooked ham, cubed
½ cup panko bread crumbs


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Cook the pasta in salted water according to package instructions.  Drain and set aside.

Cut the bacon into 1-inch pieces and cook until crisp.  Drain the bacon, reserving about 1 teaspoon of the drippings in the pot.  Set the bacon aside on paper towels to drain.

Add the garlic to the reserved bacon drippings.  Cook over medium heat until fragrant, about 30 seconds.  Add the cream cheese and stir until melted.

Whisk in the milk and onion powder.  Cook until heat through, but not boiling.  Add 1 cup of the swiss cheese, stirring until melted.

Meanwhile, mix together the pasta, chicken, ham, and bacon.  Place the mixture into a large baking dish.  Pour the sauce over the pasta mixture, followed by the remaining ½ cup swiss cheese and the panko.

Bake in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes or until the sauce is bubbly and the panko begins to brown.

Serves 6-8

18 comments:

  1. That is a beautiful picture of what looks like a truly sensational dinner.

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  2. yummy and great pictures. I just had cordon blue for the first time in a long time this weekend. Wondering how can make this easier, done pinning this for dinner. Great src recipe

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  3. Comfort food at its best! I can just imagine how quickly this will fly out of the baking dish for seconds, thirds...

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  4. I haven't had Chicken Cordon Bleu in I don't know how long. But, this looks even better than that! *Mouth watering*

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

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  5. Amy this sounds amazing! I will have to try this soon :)

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  6. Looks amazing! So hearty and a perfect way to use up leftover ham. Great SRC choice!

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  7. This sounds like like a hearty meal to serve on a chilly day.

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  8. Hi Amy,
    Your Chicken Cordon Bleu Pasta looks delicious, I can almost taste it! Great cooking with you in Group B!
    Miz Helen

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  9. One of my husband's favorite dishes in a casserole style. Perfect. Pinned to try very soon!

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  10. Oh. My. Gosh. That looks AMAZING. I think I could have eaten the entire bowl all by myself. Great, great choice!

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  11. we love Chicken Cordon Bleu. This looks yummy and a much easier version.

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  12. Wow! My family would go crazy for this. Chicken, ham AND bacon? Woo-hoo! Great SRC choice!

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  13. Visiting from SRC's Group A. Nice to meet a new blogger! That looks like a fantastic recipe. I have some meat and pasta fanatics in my household, so I"m sure this would be a hit!

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  14. My gosh this sounds GREAT. Pinned. Great SRC choice. This is one of those "can't stop eating" type of dishes.

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  15. what a terrific dinner idea...I think even my fussy one will like it:)

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  16. I LOVE Chicken Cordon Bleu! This looks great! Thanks for sharing at Pinworthy Projects.

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  17. Oh that looks fantastic!! I wish I still had some ham around!! :)

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