~ Havarti Cheesy Chicken & Shells Bake ~

Cassie *

By
@1lovetocook1x

My newest creation - I had a large chicken breast to use up and Havarti cheese. I always have pasta of all sort so, this is what I made. My kids absolutely loved it and both went back for seconds. I hope you try it sometime!

Enjoy!

Rating:
★★★★★ 1 vote
Comments:
Serves:
4 - 6
Prep:
15 Min
Cook:
30 Min
Method:
Bake

Ingredients

8 oz
small shells, cooked a little under al dente - drain
1 Tbsp
olive oil
1 Tbsp
butter
1 large
chicken breast, cubed
4 - 6 slice
havarti cheese - each cut in half for easier placement
dry
italian bread crumbs
1/4 c
shredded parmesan cheese

SAUCE

2 c
milk
1/2 - 3/4 tsp
dried sage
1/2 - 3/4 tsp
salt
4 Tbsp
each - butter & flour
a few
grinds, fresh black pepper
pinch
nutmeg
1/4 c
shredded parmesan cheese
1/2 c
ricotta cheese

Step-By-Step

1Prepare pasta and drain. Rinse with cold water.

Salt & pepper chicken.

In a small skillet, over medium heat, melt butter into olive oil and brown chicken cubes. Set aside.

Preheat oven to 350 degree F. Grease a 2 quart casserole dish.
2In a saucepan, heat milk with sage. ( Just warm it. )

In a medium saucepan or skillet, melt butter over medium heat, whisk in the flour and cook for 1 1/2 minutes - stirring constantly.
3Whisk in the milk slowly to the flour mixture stirring constantly. Cook until bubbly and begins to thicken. Stir in salt, pepper and nutmeg.
4Stir in the sauce. Remove from heat and whisk in the ricotta cheese and Parmesan until smooth.
Stir in the chicken and pasta.
5Spread 1/3 of the pasta into prepared dish. Even lay 2 - 3 slices of Havarti cheese over pasta. Layer 2 more times ending with just the pasta on the 3rd layer.
6Sprinkle with bread crumbs and evenly sprinkle with 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese.
7Bake for 25 - 30 minutes or until browning and bubbling good.

Serve immediately. Salt and pepper of desired and I garnished with a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese.

Enjoy!

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Chicken, Pasta, Casseroles
Main Ingredient: Pasta
Regional Style: American