Chicken Cordon Bleu Pasta Casserole

 Chicken Cordon Bleu Pasta Casserole Recipe - an easy baked pasta casserole that is family friendly and freezer friendly meal! SnappyGourmet.com

Chicken Cordon Bleu Pasta Casserole, an easy family friendly meal and comfort food for anytime of the year! It’s also a great make ahead meal, freezer friendly meal, potluck dish, and meal to help a family/friend in need. Speaking of comfort food and helping people, I’m teaming up with other food bloggers today to help support fellow food blogger Ashley from CenterCutCook who could use some prayers and help!

Chicken Cordon Bleu Pasta Casserole Recipe - an easy baked pasta casserole that is family friendly and freezer friendly meal! SnappyGourmet.com

Before I tell you about this awesome recipe for my Chicken Cordon Bleu Pasta Casserole I want to tell you about Ashley and her sweet family. I’ve never met Ashley in-person, but I know her through various food blogger circles and groups and she is the most helpful, kind, inspiring, and positive person! When you hear her story, your heart will break as mine has. Ashley and her husband Ryan found out they were expecting their first child, then found out a week later that Ryan (only 29 years old and healthy) had Stage 4 Colon Cancer. Then their baby boy was diagnosed with a rare disease Primary Hyperoxaluria (type 1) and will need a life-saving liver and kidney transplant. It’s a lot for one family to handle! And to top it all off, Ryan was in a car accident recently and wrecked his car. I’m sure God has a plan for them, but in the meantime they could really use some help.

My heart breaks for this sweet young family and anything you can offer them would be greatly appreciated whether it’s prayers, money (even if just a dollar), or maybe you know someone from a national talk show that could help them out. Please consider giving, sharing their story, and helping this sweet family! You can follow their story and show support by following #TeamRyan and joining them on Facebook. Thank you for anything you can do!

So when a group of food bloggers decided to get together and all post comfort recipes today in honor of Ashley and her family, I knew this Chicken Cordon Bleu Pasta Casserole would be perfect. You can see all the other fabulous comfort recipes other food bloggers posted below. This Chicken Cordon Bleu Pasta Casserole is a baked pasta and casserole all in one! Full of comfort including chicken, ham, pasta, and of course lots of cheesy goodness!

Chicken Cordon Bleu Pasta Casserole Recipe - an easy baked pasta casserole that is family friendly and freezer friendly meal! SnappyGourmet.com

I don’t have any prep photos but this casserole is super easy and also a great way to use leftover chicken and ham. Have any leftover ham from Easter in the back of your freezer?? :)

Chicken Cordon Bleu Pasta Casserole Recipe - an easy baked pasta casserole that is family friendly and freezer friendly meal! SnappyGourmet.com

You could also add some veggies like chopped onions and/or bell peppers, precooked sliced mushrooms, peas, or even chopped slightly precooked broccoli would be great.

Chicken Cordon Bleu Pasta Casserole Recipe - an easy baked pasta casserole that is family friendly and freezer friendly meal! SnappyGourmet.com

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Chicken Cordon Bleu Pasta Casserole
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Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 4 servings
Chicken Cordon Bleu Pasta Casserole, an easy baked pasta dish recipe with chicken, ham, pasta, and cheese!
Ingredients
Pasta:
  • 8 ounces penne pasta
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups milk (or heavy cream)
  • 2 cups shredded Swiss cheese
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (or Italian blend)
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ⅛ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup chopped ham
  • 2 cups chopped precooked chicken
Topping:
  • ½ cup bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan over medium heat melt 2 tablespoons of butter. Stir in flour. When well combined, slowly whisk in milk (or cream). Cook and stir over medium heat until slightly thickened and bubbly. Add Swiss, mozzarella (or Italian blend) cheese, mustard, salt, garlic, and pepper until cheese is well melted. Stir in ham and chicken.
  3. Add drained pasta to cheese sauce and stir to combine. Pour into an ungreased 2 quart casserole dish. Sprinkle top with bread crumbs. Lightly drizzle melted butter over bread crumbs.
  4. Bake pasta at 350 degrees F for about 25 to 35 minutes or until bubbly and bread crumbs are golden brown. Cool slightly before serving.
Notes
SNAPPY TIPS: It may take a little while for the cheese sauce to come together so keep stirring or whisking.

SNAPPY SUBSTITUTIONS: I just used fat free milk but you could use any milk or heavy cream. Substitute your favorite melting cheese for the Swiss or mozzarella.

 

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Comments

  1. I’m right there with you in the “my heart is breaking” category, Lisa. I wish we could snap our fingers and make everything better for the Wagners. Let’s hope and pray that God’s mighty plan brings a glorious victory of healing tor Ryan and Miles! In the meantime, can I please have some of your chicken cordon bleu casserole? :)
    P.S. Please check my link… there’s an “e” missing at the end of the word “cheese” <3

  2. I haven’t made chicken cordon bleu in ages. But I think your casserole looks just as fabulous and hope to try it soon. So glad to be joining you to help the Wagner family.

  3. Chicken cordon bleu is my husband;s favorite meal. He would love this casserole version!

  4. I love Chicken Cordon Bleu Lisa, all in one casserole is just my kind of dinner.

  5. This is my kind of dish! Love the cheesy pasta and the chicken!

  6. This sounds like the perfect casserole!!!!

  7. Incredibly delicious! I want to make this soon for my guys!

  8. Lisa, my aunt once made chicken cordon bleu for a family dinner … and I remember her saying how tough of a meal it was – especially for a big gathering. We all loved it, but haven’t asked her to make it again since we all know how much time it took for her to make.
    Well, guess what I’m gonna make when they bring up the chicken cordon bleu?? You bet – this recipe right here!! All the amazing flavor … none of the painstaking time! You rule!!
    I’m loving all the great recipes everyone came up with! It’s been so fun to come together to hopefully make a difference for Ashley and her sweet family! :)

  9. That is a heart-breaking story. God has plans for them. My prayers will be with their family.

    With regards to the recipe, all I can say is it’s amazing! Chicken cordon bleu is one of my favorite chicken meals. The pasta is perfect and looks incredibly delicious!

  10. i made this dish to put in our freezer before our baby was born. We pulled it out the other day and it is delish! My husband loves it. The only change I made was to use a whole box of penne – maybe 12 oz? I highly recommend this as a nice change from the typical red-sauce pasta dish (like lasagna) that people tend to bring. Thanks for the recipe, and best wishes to your friend and her family!

    • Thanks so much Kacey! Happy to hear you enjoyed the recipe! Sounds like you just had a baby, congratulations!!!! Hope you and baby are doing well. :)

  11. I love chicken cordon bleu. I wish them all the luck I can with the transplants. I have five children myself and cannot imagine going through all that they will be.

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