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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"Multigrain pasta, chicken, spinach, and cheese are tossed with a creamy tomato sauce and baked to bubbly perfection."

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    23 mins

    43 mins


  1. Heat oven to 375 degrees F. Cook pasta as directed on package, adding spinach to the boiling water for the last 1 minute.
  2. Meanwhile, heat a large nonstick skillet sprayed with cooking spray on medium-high heat. Add chicken and basil; cook 3 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink, stirring frequently. Add pasta sauce and tomatoes; bring to boil. Reduce heat to low; simmer 3 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. Stir in cream cheese spread until melted.
  3. Drain pasta and spinach; return to same saucepan. Add chicken mixture; mix lightly. Stir in 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese. Spoon into 2-liter or 8-inch square baking dish.
  4. Bake 20 minutes or until heated through. Sprinkle with remaining mozzarella cheese and the Parmesan cheese. Bake 3 minutes or until cheese is melted.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Apr 23, 2010

Really great dish! My husband loved it!! I'm not a fan of cream cheese in pasta, so I used ricotta cheese instead, and real fresh grated parmesan instead of the pre-grated Kraft parmesan. I will definitely make this dish again!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Feb 15, 2011

Fast, easy, nutritious. What else do you do you need for the dinner. Didn't have fresh spinach, so I used a 10 oz. box of frozen chopped spinach. Not gourmet, or very original, but it fit the bill for a weeknight dinner.

Jan 26, 2010

This was very good. I used Di Parma 4 cheese for the pasta sauce and left out the spinach. I have very picky eaters and they all ate this.

May 13, 2010

Excellent! Added fresh garlic, parsley, oregano, and crushed red pepper flakes to kick the flavor up a notch. My husband absolutely raved over this. Thanks!

May 25, 2010

I really liked this recipe, but I changed it quite a bit. The changes made it amazing! when cooking the chicken I also added 1.5 TBS extra virgin olive oil, 1 medium white onion, small zucchini, 4 cloves of minced garlic and 1/4 cup of fresh basil, 1tsp. salt and 1 tsp. oregano. I also didn't add the light cream cheese or the other cheeses. Instead I added 1/2 cup Italian mixed cheese to the mixture and then added the rest of the cheese on the top for the last 3 minutes of cooking. It turned out amazing! I loved it and my boyfriend was raving about it! Make these changes and you'll enjoy this tasty dish!!!

Jan 03, 2011

This is a great pasta recipe. My kids loved it, and they are so picky. I used a bag of frozen spinach and 16 ounces of multigrain pasta (whole box), but it turned out great. The baking dish needs to be bigger, I used 13 by 9. The multigrain pasta is great, it stays consistent, and doesn't get mushy, and it's healthy too.

Feb 16, 2010

Used regular penne instead of multigrain, frozen spinach, added some garlic when I sauteed the chicken, and no tomatoes (added some extra sauce) and it came out pretty good. Something was definitely missing, so I'll work on tweaking it next time, but will definitely make again.

Jan 27, 2010

Easy and quick to make and was good. I think the chicken should be cooked with more just just the basil add first for more flavor.


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  • Calories
  • 454 kcal
  • 23%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 40.8 g
  • 13%
  • Cholesterol
  • 87 mg
  • 29%
  • Fat
  • 13.6 g
  • 21%
  • Fiber
  • 7.1 g
  • 28%
  • Protein
  • 40.2 g
  • 80%
  • Sodium
  • 990 mg
  • 40%

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

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