Thursday, January 20, 2011

Three-Cheese Chicken Penne Pasta Bake

I love pasta! I seriously could eat pasta pretty much every day. Lucky for me and my waistline, my husband isn't as big of a fan as I am. Anyway, I got to make pasta for dinner last night! YAY!

Annnd it was soooo gooood...

Three Cheese Chicken Penne Pasta Bake

1-1/2 cups multi-grain penne pasta, uncooked
1 pkg. (9 oz.) fresh spinach leaves (I omitted this)
1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces
1 tsp. dried basil leaves
1 jar (14-1/2 oz.) spaghetti sauce
1-2 cloves garlic, minced
1 can (14-1/2 oz.) diced tomatoes, drained
2 oz. (1/4 of 8-oz. pkg.) Neufchatel cheese, cubed
1 cup shredded 2% milk mozzarella cheese, divided
2 Tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese

Heat oven to 375ºF.

Cook pasta as directed on package, omitting salt and adding spinach to the boiling water the last minute.

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

Drain pasta mixture; return to pan. Stir in chicken mixture and 1/2 cup mozzarella. Spoon into 2-qt. casserole or 8-inch square baking dish.

Bake 20 min.; top with remaining cheeses. Bake 3 min. or until mozzarella is melted.

460 calories per serving; Makes 4 servings.

Source: The Girl Who Ate Everything.

**If you are anything like me, you are thinking what in the HECK is Neufchatel. Well, according to google it is basically cream cheese that is lower in fat. I used cream cheese as a substitute for this recipe.** I am sure that changes things when it comes to the calories per serving above, but it sure tasted good!


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