Thursday, February 4, 2010

three cheese ckn penne pasta bake

this is a recipe...

1 1/2 cups multigrain penne pasta, uncooked (we used 2 cups)
1 package (9 oz) fresh spinach leaves (we used about 3 oz)
1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces
1 tsp. dried basil leaves
1 jar (14 1/2 oz) spaghetti sauce (i did not see jars in this size, so just used part of a bottle of ragu 'light')
1 can (14 1/2 oz) diced tomatoes, drained
2 oz (1/4 of 8oz pkg) Neufchatel cheese, cubed
1 cup 2% milk shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
heat oven to 375*. cook pasta as directed on package, adding spinach to the boiling water for the last minute.
cook chicken and basil in large nonstick skillet on medium-high heat 3 minutes. add spaghetti sauce and tomatoes and bring to a boil. simmer 3 minutes or until chicken is done. stir in neufchatel cheese.
drain pasta mixture; return to pan. stir in chicken mixture and 1/2 cup mozzarella. spoon into 8-inch square baking dish. bake 20 minutes. sprinkle with remaining cheeses (mozz & parm). bake 3 minutes.
i'd recommend serving with french bread to dip in sauce... unless you're watching the carbs.


  1. That looks great! Anything involving cream cheese and pasta...mmm. I think I've seen that recipe...I get the kraft emails.