Monday, May 4, 2009

Three Cheese Chicken Penne Bake

Serves: 4

1 1/2 c. penne pasta, uncooked
2 c. fresh spinach
1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breast, cubed
1 t. basil
1 jar (26 oz.) spaghetti sauce
2 oz (1/4 of 8-oz. pkg.) Neufchatel Cheese, cubed
1 c. shredded Mozzarella cheese, divided
2 T. grated Parmesan cheese

Cook pasta according to package directions; adding spinach to boiling water for last 1 minute. In a skillet, cook chicken with basil on medium-high heat for 3 minutes. Add sauce; bring to a boil. Simmer 3 minutes or until chicken is done. Stir in Neufchatel cheese. Drain pasta mixture; return to pan. Stir in chicken mixture and 1/2 cup Mozzarella cheese. Pour into greased 2-quart baking dish. Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining cheese and bake 3 minutes longer.

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Tips: The fresh spinach in this pasta casserole gave it a nice flavor. It is a great way to use home-grown spinach. Neufchatel Cheese is just low-fat cream cheese. You can find it at any grocery store with the cream cheese. I also shared this recipe at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom's Cooking Thursday.

Recipe adapted from Kraft Food & Family (Holiday '08/Winter '09)

3 comments:

Tracy said...

OH ME OH MY!!!! This sounds delish!! Thanks for this one.

Petite Palate - Lisa Beels and Christine Naylor said...

OOH, this looks like a good one - I'll give it a try tomorrow for dinner, thanks!

lisa
petitepalate.com

Ruth Daniels said...

Great recipe, thanks for sharing with Presto Pasta Nights.

Love your site and I'll have to visit often. Hope you plan on sending more mom-friendly pasta dishes our way.

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