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Healthy Three-Cheese Chicken Penne Pasta Bake

This Healthy Three-Cheese Chicken Penne Pasta Bake is only 460 calories per serving which is 1/4 of this dish!

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword cheesy chicken pasta bake, cheesy chicken pasta bake recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Yield 4 servings
Calories 460 kcal

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 (you can substitute cream cheese))
  • 1 cup shredded 2% milk mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 2 Tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

Instructions

  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.

Recipe Notes

Source: adapted from Kraft

Nutrition Facts
Healthy Three-Cheese Chicken Penne Pasta Bake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 460
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.