Recipe by PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese
"Chunks of chicken in a creamy tomato sauce with basil and fresh spinach are baked with multi-grain penne pasta and topped with cheese."
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1 1/2 cups
multi-grain penne pasta, uncooked
1 (9 ounce) bag
fresh spinach leaves
boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
dried basil leaves
1 (14.5 ounce) can
diced tomatoes, drained
1 (14 ounce) jar
PHILADELPHIA Neufchatel cheese, cubed
KRAFT 2% Milk Shredded Mozzarella Cheese, divided
KRAFT Grated Parmesan Cheese
This was good, but not great. We ate it, I would make again for a change of pace, but would not add it to the regular rotation.
Had okay flavor. Forgot to add the spinach to the pasta, so I sauteed it with the chicken instead. Still turned out ok.
My family loved it! I tore the spinach leaves before cooking, also added extra cheese and pasta. Made it in a 9x13 pan and broiled the top the last few minutes. Easy and tasty! Will definitely make again.
Ok full disclosure: I made a few VERY MINOR modifications so I could use hat I had on hand. At the end, I was licking the pots, the spoons, everything. It was amazing.
- elbow macaroni for penne pasta. (Not whole wheat)
- Philly light cream cheese for Neufchâtel
- marble instead of mozzarella
- Aylmer brand garlic and olive oil finely diced tomatoes instead of plain diced tomatoes.
- when I poured in my spaghetti sauce, in order to clean out the Bottle I poured in 3-5oz of leftover white wine, swished it in the bottle and dumped that into the sauce
Finally, I added 2 tsp of sirracha garlic chili sauce for a tiny kick.
Go forth and pasta bake, you won't regret it!!!
I found this recipe on the Kraft website, and it is fantastic. The only thing different I did was add the spinach to the chicken and sauce mixture rather than the pasta. It clumped up badly in the pasta but not with sauce. Add some crushed red pepper for a little kick.
This recipe is so great! My wife and I both agree, it's the best pasta dish we have ever made. We did add some fresh garlic to cook with the chicken after adding the pasta sauce. I added crushed red pepper to my bowl to get more of a bite. We will definitely be making this recipe again!
This meal is very easy to make and filling. We added sriracha and ranch dressing to add a bit more flavor and spice.
I will be making this again! everybody loves it, even my picky 2yr old eater..if I can get him to clean his plate then it's a keeper. I didn't alter anything perfect the way it's written.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Three-Cheese Chicken Penne Pasta Bake
Serving Size: 1/4 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 4
Amount Per Serving
** Calories: 433
** Calories from Fat: 107
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