Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Three Cheese Chicken Penne

I love pasta. Pasta of any kind. White sauce, red sauce, no sauce. It really doesn't matter. Give me a noodle and I am a happy girl. :)

This pasta is quick and full of one of my favorite veggies... Spinach! Plus, you can't really go wrong with three cheeses; cream cheese, parmesan, and mozzarella. Delicious!

Three Cheese Chicken Penne
Kraft Recipes

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 tsp. dried basil leaves
1 jar (14-1/2 oz.) spaghetti sauce
1 can (14-1/2 oz.) diced tomatoes, drained
2 oz. (1/4 of 8-oz. pkg.) PHILADELPHIA Neufchatel Cheese, cubed
1 cup KRAFT 2% Milk Shredded Mozzarella Cheese, divided
2 Tbsp. KRAFT Grated Parmesan Cheese

HEAT oven to 375ºF.

COOK pasta as directed on package, 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 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.


Julie said...

Looks delicious! I am with you, I love pasta, too! Add melted cheese and I love it even more!

Kat said...

I can eat pasta everyday and not get sickk of it, especially when its covered in cheese!! Looks soooo good!

Maria said...

Look at all of that cheese. Very nice!

Bob said...

Love it. Can't have enough cheese on my pasta.

Unknown said...

Oh, this will definitely work for dinner as I have all the ingredients. Love all that cheese going on with it!

Kathleen said...

Wow! This pasta sounds totally fab! I could eat pasta all the time but my hubby not so much :( I'm bookmarking this recipe to make for my son when he comes home! Thanks for sharing.

teresa said...

oh i love it! spinach and cheese, two of my faves!

Shelby said...

I'm with you Cristine! I'm a happy girl when there is pasta of any kind on my plate!


Ooh! I am always keeping an eye for more chicken pasta recipes. This looks and sounds sooooo good! Spinach has become a recent favorite of ours. Can't wait to try this one!

If you like artichokes, I found a recipe called "artichoke chicken pasta" if you are interested, and you use the bowtie pasta with it. I bet you would make it amazing!

Celia said...

Another family hit! I love not having to surf the internet for a new recipe. I just come here and I know it's going to be good. Thanks for another great recipe!

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