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Three-Cheese Chicken Penne Pasta Bake

Prep time 20 mins
Cook time 13 mins
Yield 4 servings, 2 cups each
Hundreds of people can't be wrong. Check out this creamy, cheesy, hearty casserole that sports a solid 5 stars for deliciousness as well as smarts.

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups multi-grain penne pasta, uncooked
  • 1 pkg. (9 oz.) fresh spinach leaves
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil leaves
  • 1 can (14-1/2 oz.) diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 jar (14 oz.) spaghetti sauce
  • 2 ounces oz. (1/4 of 8-oz. pkg.) PHILADELPHIA Neufchatel Cheese, cubed
  • 1 cup KRAFT 2% Milk Shredded Mozzarella Cheese, divided
  • 2 tablespoons KRAFT Grated Parmesan Cheese

Nutrition Information

  • calories 460
  • fat 14 g
  • satfat 6 g
  • cholesterol 90 mg
  • sodium 910 mg
  • carbohydrate 40 g
  • fiber 7 g
  • sugars 8 g
  • protein 45 g
  • calcium 60 %
  • iron 30 %

How to Make It

  1. HEAT oven to 375ºF.

  2.  

  3. COOK pasta in large saucepan as directed on package, omitting salt and adding spinach to the boiling water for the last minute.

  4.  

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

  6.  

  7. DRAIN pasta mixture; return to pan. Stir in chicken mixture and 1/2 cup mozzarella; pour into 2-qt. casserole sprayed with cooking spray.

  8.  

  9. BAKE 20 min. or until heated through; top with remaining cheeses. Bake 3 min. or until mozzarella is melted.

  10. KRAFT kitchens tips:

  11. NOTE

  12. If watching sodium, prepare using no-salt-added diced tomatoes and lower-sodium spaghetti sauce.

  13. SUBSTITUTE

  14. Substitute an 8-inch square baking dish for the 2-qt. casserole.

  15. SERVING SUGGESTION

  16. Serve with CRYSTAL LIGHT Iced Tea