Healthy Three Cheese Chicken Pasta Bake

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups multi-grain penne pasta, uncooked
  • 1 (9 ounce) package fresh spinach leaves
  • 1 pound uncooked chicken breasts cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1 tablespoon fresh basil or 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) jar spaghetti sauce
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes, drained
  • 2 ounces Neufchatel cheese, cubed
  • 1 cup shredded 2% milk mozzarella cheese
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

Instructions

1 _ Preheat oven to 375ยบ degrees.

2 _ Cook pasta as directed on package. Add spinach to the boiling water the last minute of cooking.

3 _ Cook chicken and basil in large nonstick skillet sprayed with cooking spray on medium-high heat for around 3 minutes. Stir in spaghetti sauce, garlic, and tomatoes; bring to boil. Simmer on low heat for 3 minutes or until chicken is done.

4 _ Stir in Neufchatel cheese and mix until combined.


5 _ Drain pasta and spinach and return to pan. Stir in chicken mixture and 1/2 cup mozzarella and mix until combined. Spoon into a 2 quart baking dish.

6 _ Bake 20 minutes in the oven. Top with remaining 1/2 cup mozzarella and Parmesan cheese. Bake for 2-3 minutes or until cheese is melted.

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