Growing up, I remember eating Chicken Cordon Bleu and just loving the combination of flavors. Gooey cheese, crunchy coating, everything about it was just yum. But making and cooking the individual chicken pieces can be a little time consuming, so I started looking for alternative ideas. A way to get the same ingredients, flavors, and memories but in a faster and simpler dish. Enter: Chicken Cordon Bleu Pasta Bake.
Pasta bakes are so simple and easy to make, and they result in such a delicious dish! Somehow mixing everything together and baking it off elevates a simple pasta dish to something special. My husband is always a fan of pasta bakes.
I love to make my Chicken Cordon Bleu Pasta Bake (or Chicken Cordon Blue Pasta Bake) extra cheesy by adding a layer of shredded cheese in the middle of the pasta itself. No one ever seems to complain 🙂 No idea why…
Swiss is a classic cheese here but I am a fan of Monterey Jack. You can also throw in some of your favorite veggies, more meat, etc. Make it your own! That is one of the best things about cooking 🙂
Leftover chicken and deli ham make this dish incredibly simple. Cheese sauce is whipped up in just a few minutes while the pasta cooks, and then you can let the oven do the rest of the work! And whenever you have people hovering, or when leftovers disappear in a flash, you know you have a winner.
What are your favorite childhood dishes that you wish were faster or easier to make?