This pasta casserole is pretty amazing. You can add or delete whatever meats you want. This is a little like a cordon bleu casserole. You can substitute the bleu cheese crumbles for swiss cheese or feta cheese if you prefer.
LOADED PASTA CASSSEROLE
*1 (4 ounce) boneless, skinless chicken breast, cubed
*6 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
*4 slices deli ham, chopped (I use black forest ham)
*8 ounces rigatoni, cooked for about 10 minutes and drained
*1/2 cup blue cheese crumbles
*4 tablespoon butter
*4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
*1 teaspoon chicken granules
*1 1/2 cups whole milk
*1/2 cup chicken stock
*1/4 teaspoon salt
*1/2 teaspoon black pepper
*1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
~Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
~Spray an 8x8 casserole pan with a cooking spray.
~Place cooked rigatoni in prepared pan.
~Place chicken, ham & bacon over noodles.
~Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat.
~Whisk in flour and chicken granules until roux is well blended.
~Continue cooking for about another 3-5 minutes or until it becomes a light brown, stirring often.
~Increase heat to medium and whisk in milk and chicken stock.
~Stir until smooth.
~Cook until thickened, stirring often.
~Remove from heat and stir in salt, pepper & nutmeg.
~Pour over noodle mixture.
~Bake covered for 20-30 minutes.
`Mix 1 1/2 tablespoons butter, 1 1/2 tablespoon flour and 1/8 cup bread crumbs in a bowl. Sprinkle over casserole. Bake uncovered for 30 minutes.
`add 1 cup chopped broccoli before pouring white sauce over casserole.