December 16, 2009

Three Cheese Chicken Penne Pasta




Recipe from Kraft Foods.

My roommate, Kelley, and I made this meal for our boyfriends. It was delicious! We served it with a simple side salad and garlic bread. Hope you enjoy! Be sure to comment to let me know what you think!

INGREDIENTS:
  • 1 ½ cups multigrain 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 ½ oz.) spaghetti sauce
  • 1 can (14 ½ oz.) diced tomatoes, drained
  • 2 oz. (¼ of 8-oz. pkg.) Neufchatel Cheese, cubed
  • 1 cup shredded Mozzarella Cheese, divided
  • 2 Tbsp. grated Parmesan Cheese
DIRECTIONS:
  1. HEAT oven to 375ºF. Cook pasta as directed on package, adding spinach to the boiling water for the last 1 min.
  2. COOK and stir chicken and basil in large nonstick skillet on medium-high heat 3 min. Add spaghetti sauce and tomatoes; bring to boil. Simmer 3 min. or until chicken is done. Stir in Neufchatel cheese.
  3. DRAIN pasta mixture; return to pan. Stir in chicken mixture and ½ cup mozzarella. Spoon into 2-quart or 8x8" baking dish.
  4. BAKE for 20 min. Sprinkle with remaining cheeses. Bake 3 minutes.

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