Three-Cheese Chicken Pasta Bake

1 Aug

i didnt have many expectations with this recipe — but i had all the ingredients for it.  i was pleasantly surprised at how it turned out.  it kind of reminded me of baked ziti… next time it needs garlic and double the chicken  🙂





adapted from kraft

What You Need

1 box multi-grain penne pasta, uncooked
1 pkg.  fresh spinach leaves
1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces
1 tsp.  dried basil leaves
1 can diced tomatoes, drained
1 jar  spaghetti sauce
4 oz.  cream  Cheese, cubed  (i used philadelphia fat free cream cheese)
1 cup   Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
2 Tbsp.  Grated Parmesan Cheese

Make It

HEAT oven to 375ºF.

COOK pasta in large saucepan as directed on package, omitting salt and adding spinach to the boiling water for the last minute.

MEANWHILE, cook and stir chicken and basil in large nonstick skillet sprayed with cooking spray on medium-high heat 3 min. Stir in tomatoes and spaghetti sauce; bring to boil. Simmer on low heat 3 min. or until chicken is done. Stir in cream cheese.

DRAIN pasta mixture; return to pan. Stir in chicken mixture; pour into 13×9 pan sprayed with cooking spray.  top with mozzarella and parmesan

BAKE 20 min. or until heated through;


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