I started this blog so my daughters could find all of our family favourite recipes in one place. It has actually grown into more than just the family favourites but also other recipes we've tried out in our kitchen. I don't like to fill up the post with alot of chatter. Sometimes there's a little story to tell, but usually I like to get right to the point. So this is for them, but hope you find some recipes that you like as well. I'll be sharing a lot of recipes, and along the way you'll find some crafty things and maybe some helpful hints too!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Cheesy Chicken Bacon Pasta

This recipe will serve at least 6 people.  If your cooked chicken is seasoned it will give this meal a different flavour. Also, choose whatever type cheese you like.  I used cheddar. Oh, and one other thing....don't use maple flavoured bacon!

For the creamy sauce:

1/8  +  1/4 cup flour
1/4 cup butter
1 qt. milk
1 cup chicken broth
2 tbsps jalapeno Greek yogurt dip (or cream cheese)
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper

1 lb (500 g) pasta
1 lb cooked chicken
6 slices bacon, crumbled
2 cups shredded cheese

Start with the bacon.  You could fry it in a pan or try cooking it in the oven.  Just lay the slices on a baking sheet and put in a 350F oven for 20 minutes.  Flip once.  Cool and crumble. Set aside.

Meanwhile cook the pasta following your package directions.

To make the sauce heat the butter in a pot and whisk in the flour.  Continue whisking as you add the milk and chicken broth.  When the sauce is warmed through add the dip or cream cheese and don't forget the salt and pepper.  Stir and cook until the sauce thickens.

Mix together the cooked chicken, pasta, cream sauce, half the bacon and 1 cup of the shredded cheese.
Pour into a greased 9 X 13 baking dish.

Bake covered with foil at 350F for 20 minutes.
Uncover and top with remaining cheese and bacon and bake a further 10 minutes.

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