Three-Cheese Chicken Penne Pasta Bake Recipe -
Three-Cheese Chicken Penne Pasta Bake Recipe
  • READY IN 43 mins

Three-Cheese Chicken Penne Pasta Bake

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"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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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins

    43 mins


  1. Heat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Cook pasta in large saucepan as directed on package, omitting salt and adding spinach to the boiling water for the last minute.
  3. 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 occasionally. Stir in Neufchatel.
  4. Drain pasta mixture; return to pan. Stir in chicken mixture and 1/2 cup mozzarella; pour into 2-qt. casserole sprayed with cooking spray.
  5. Bake 20 min. or until heated through; top with remaining cheeses. Bake 3 min. or until mozzarella is melted.
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  • Kraft Kitchens Tips
  • If watching sodium, prepare using no-salt-added diced tomatoes and lower-sodium spaghetti sauce.
  • Substitute an 8-inch square baking dish for the 2-qt. casserole.
  • Serve with CRYSTAL LIGHT Iced Tea.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Apr 07, 2013

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.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jul 28, 2013

Had okay flavor. Forgot to add the spinach to the pasta, so I sauteed it with the chicken instead. Still turned out ok.

Apr 23, 2013

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.

Sep 10, 2013

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. I modified: - 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!!!

Jan 02, 2014

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.

Sep 15, 2014

Used more cream cheese than what was called for, cause I love my cream cheese. Used romano instead of mozz because that's what I had on hand. Other than that I followed the recipe perfectly and LOVED it. Next time I will add some red pepper flakes to spice it up.

Aug 24, 2014

I had to make do with what I had so only one small can of tomato sauce was used. The cream cheese I used full 8oz Which made this come together. I cooked the chicken in olive oil with 3 chopped basil leaves and seasoned the chicken to my liking (adobo & pepper). Once cooked I added pasta (bow tie) spinach and cream cheese to the chicken and mixed well on low simmer. Now for the fun stuff. Butter the casserole dish and start layering as such...

Jun 27, 2014

Three Cheese Chicken Penne Pasta Bake Haiku: "So mine was 'two-cheese. Oops, no Neufchatel on hand. But hey, it was good!" Other than not having the cream cheese, I followed the recipe as directed (OK fine, my hand may have been heavier w/ this addition of spinach b/c we love it, and I added salt/pepper) pondering to myself, "how is this going to be flavorful when the only seasoning is dried basil?" but for as simple as the ingredients (and prep!) were, it turned out surprisingly tasty!


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  • Calories
  • 433 kcal
  • 22%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 38.9 g
  • 13%
  • Cholesterol
  • 79 mg
  • 26%
  • Fat
  • 11.8 g
  • 18%
  • Fiber
  • 6.9 g
  • 28%
  • Protein
  • 42.1 g
  • 84%
  • Sodium
  • 944 mg
  • 38%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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