Welcome to my kitchen! This is a blog that is evolving as my life does. I like food, but I don't have all the time in the world to cook. So lately, I'm going with simple, easy recipes. I may switch that up occassionally and post something time-intensive, but that isn't what I'm about these days. If that sounds like you - I hope you enjoy some of these recipes.
Monday, March 8, 2010
Chicken Cordon Bleu Pasta
This was such an easy recipe. The chicken cooks in no time (I seasoned mine with some spices while I cooked it.) It took less than 30 minutes start to finish and was a good consistency. I liked the Panko bread crumbs-that was a nice touch to really give the dish a chicken cordon bleu *feeling.*
Pasta Cordon Bleu
Recipe courtesy of Dunne at With a Cherry on Top
1 lb. Pasta (I used penne-you could use any fun shaped pasta)
1 cup Chicken Breasts, cooked and cubed
1 cup Ham, cooked and cubed
1 1/2 cups Milk
8 oz. Cream Cheese (softened)
2 Tbsp. Dried Minced Onion
2 cups Swiss Cheese, shredded
1 cup Panko Crumbs
1/2 cup Butter, melted
Bring a large pot of water to a boil over med-high heat. Salt it and add the pasta; cook until al dente (about 11 minutes-I used whole wheat pasta which takes a bit longer than regular pasta). Drain and return to the pot. Add in the chicken and ham and toss to combine.
Preheat the broiler. In a medium saucepan, combine the milk, cream cheese and minced onion over low-medium heat. Cook, stirring frequently, until it becomes a smooth texture (about 5 minutes). Stir into the pasta mixture. Stir in the Swiss cheese and season with salt and pepper to taste.
Transfer pasta to a baking dish and top with Panko crumbs. Pour melted butter over crumbs and broil until browned (I gave it 4 minutes).
I liked this dish, but thought it lacked flavor. It had a really nice consistency, it was nice and filling, but I think if I had cubed the ham in bigger, much bigger pieces, it would have tasted better. I just thought it lacked something-not quite sure what-but it needed just a little something more. I added some cayenne pepper to my recipe and that was a hit with the husband and his friend. Maybe if I would've served it with a nice artisan bread with dipping oil....
Edited to add: This makes amazing leftovers!! I thought the leftovers were better than the fresh, right out of the oven dish.