This cordon bleu-inspired creamy pasta bake is an instant family favorite!
12 ounces bowtie pasta, cooked according to package instructions
3 tablespoons butter
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1/4 cup flour
2 cups half and half OR heavy cream
4 slices swiss cheese, (or grated)
2/3 cup parmesan cheese (shaved or grated), divided
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon dijon mustard
3-4 thick slices of ham, chopped into 1 inch squares
2 cups chopped or shredded cooked chicken (rotisserie chicken would work fine)
1/2 cup breadcrumbs (Italian seasoned OR plain + 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning)
In a medium sauce pan melt butter over medium heat. Add garlic and saute 1-2 minutes until fragrant. Add flour and stir until it clumps up.
Gradually whisk in half and half (or heavy cream) 1/2 cup at a time until all milk is incorporated and mixture is smooth.
Add swiss cheese, 1/3 cup parmesan cheese, onion powder, salt, pepper, and dijon mustard. Stir until smooth.
In a large bowl combine cooked pasta, chopped chicken, chopped ham, and the sauce. Mix until well combined. Transfer mixture to a casserole dish. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup parmesan cheese and breadcrumbs.
Bake at 400 for 15-20 minutes until breadcrumbs are browned. Serve warm.