Chicken Pasta Casserole With Cheddar Cheese and Bacon Recipe

Chicken Pasta Casserole With Cheddar Cheese and Bacon Recipe

Prep: 20 mins

Cook: 45 mins

Total: 65 mins

Servings: 6 servings

Bacon gives this chicken casserole nice smoky flavor, and the combination of American and cheddar cheeses makes it extra creamy. 

We used mini penne in this casserole (pictured); elbows or shells can be used as well. And feel free to omit the bacon or replace it with about 1 cup of diced ham.


  • 8 ounces mini penne pasta or elbow macaroni
  • 6 to 8 slices bacon
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 pound chicken breasts or chicken tenders (cut in 1-inch pieces)
  • 4 green onions (sliced)
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth or more milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried leaf thyme
  • 8 ounces cheddar cheese (shredded)
  • 4 ounces American cheese (shreds or chopped)
  • 1 cup frozen peas (thawed)
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Cook the pasta in boiling salted water following package directions.

  3. Grease a 2 1/2- to 3-quart baking dish. Heat oven to 350 F.

  4. In a large skillet or saucepan, cook bacon until crispy. Remove bacon to paper towels; crumble.

  5. Pour off the grease in the skillet, leaving about 1 or 2 teaspoons. Add 2 tablespoons of butter to the skillet and cook the chicken over medium-low heat until cooked through.

  6. Add green onions and cook for 1 minute longer.

  7. Add flour and stir until blended into the fat. Gradually stir in the milk, cooking and stirring until slightly thickened.

  8. Stir in salt, pepper, and thyme. Add the cheeses and thawed peas, along with crumbled bacon.

  9. Spoon into the prepared baking dish along with the cooked pasta.

  10. Combine bread crumbs with 1 tablespoon melted butter; sprinkle over the casserole.

  11. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until the topping is browned and casserole is bubbly.

Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6
Amount per serving
Calories 747
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 35g 45%
Saturated Fat 16g 80%
Cholesterol 127mg 42%
Sodium 1338mg 58%
Total Carbohydrate 61g 22%
Dietary Fiber 5g 17%
Protein 44g
Calcium 516mg 40%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.


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