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Nov 25, 2013
Categories: Dinner, Dairy, Pasta, Poultry

Baked Healthy Three-Cheese Chicken Penne

The Girl Who Ate Everything


Healthy Three-Cheese Chicken Penne Pasta Bake!

Ingredients
  • 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 
  • 1 teaspoon 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 Tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
Directions
  1. Heat oven to 375ºF.
  2. Cook pasta as directed on package, omitting salt and adding spinach to the boiling water the last minute.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Bake 20 min.; top with remaining cheeses. Bake 3 min. or until mozzarella is melted.



















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