Try this Three-Cheese Chicken Penne Pasta Bake for a delicious yet simple recipe that is perfect for weeknights and busy weekends! This penne pasta bake features spinach, basil and three types of cheese. Your family won't believe it took only 45 minutes!
What You Need
Original recipe yields 4 servings
1-1/2 cups multi-grain penne pasta, uncooked
1 pkg. (9 oz.) fresh spinach leaves
1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces
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 pasta sauce; bring to boil. Simmer on medium-low heat 3 min. or until chicken is done, stirring occasionally. Add Neufchatel; cook and stir 1 to 2 min. or until completely melted.
Drain pasta mixture; return to pan. Stir in chicken mixture and 1/2 cup mozzarella; spoon into 2-qt. casserole sprayed with cooking spray.
Bake 20 min. or until heated through; top with remaining cheeses. Bake 3 min. or until mozzarella is melted.
If watching your sodium intake, prepare recipe using no-salt-added diced tomatoes and lower-sodium pasta sauce.
Substitute an 8-inch square baking dish for the 2-qt. casserole.
Serve with CRYSTAL LIGHT Iced Tea.
Calories From Fat
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14g
Saturated Fat 7g
Trans Fat 0g
Total Carbohydrates 43g
Dietary Fiber 8g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
* Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.