Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Three Cheese Chicken Penne Pasta

A recipe I posted earlier was for mac and cheese that was simple to make and pretty tasty. This is what I call the king of the mac and cheese meals and it is really good.


  • 1-1/2 Cups penne pasta, uncooked

  • 1 Pkg. (10 Oz.) fresh baby spinach

  • 1 Lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts (cut into bite-size pieces)

  • 1 Tsp. dried basil leaves

  • 1-1/2 Cups pasta sauce

  • 1-2/3 Cups diced tomatoes (drained)

  • 1/4 Cup Light Cream Cheese Spread

  • 1 Cup mozzarella shredded cheese (divided)

  • 2 Tbsp. parmesan grated cheese

Heat oven to 375ºF. Cook pasta as directed on package, adding spinach to the boiling water for the last 1 min.

Meanwhile, heat large nonstick skillet sprayed with cooking spray on medium-high heat. Add chicken and basil; cook 3 min. or until chicken is no longer pink, stirring frequently. Add pasta sauce and tomatoes; bring to boil. Reduce heat to low; simmer 3 min. or until chicken is cooked through. Stir in cream cheese spread until melted.

Drain pasta and spinach; return to same saucepan. Add chicken mixture; mix lightly. Stir in 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese. Spoon into 8-inch square baking dish.

Bake 20 min. or until heated through. Sprinkle with remaining mozzarella cheese and the Parmesan cheese. Bake 3 min. or until cheese is melted.

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