Pregnant Recipe #3

by Kelsey Norwood

in Food

This baked chicken pasta casserole reminds me of a “Ziti” dish my mom used to make, but I like it better. Sorry, Mom!


Pregnant Recipe #3: Three-Cheese Chicken Penne Pasta Bake


1-1/2 cups multi-grain penne pasta, uncooked
1 pkg.  (9 oz.) fresh spinach leaves
1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces
1 tsp.  dried basil leaves
1 jar (14-1/2 oz.) spaghetti sauce
1 can  (14-1/2 oz.) diced tomatoes, drained
2 oz. (1/4 of 8-oz. pkg.) PHILADELPHIA 1/3 Less Fat Cream Cheese, cubed
1 cup  KRAFT 2% Milk Shredded Mozzarella Cheese, divided
2 Tbsp. KRAFT Grated Parmesan Cheese

HEAT oven to 375ºF.

COOK pasta as directed on package, adding spinach to the boiling water the last minute.

COOK and stir chicken and basil in large nonstick skillet sprayed with cooking spray on medium-high heat 3 min. Stir in spaghetti sauce and tomatoes; bring to boil. Simmer on low heat 3 min. or until chicken is done. Stir in cream cheese.

DRAIN pasta mixture; return to pan. Stir in chicken mixture and 1/2 cup mozzarella. Spoon into 2-qt. casserole or 8-inch square baking dish.

BAKE 20 min. Sprinkle with remaining cheeses. Bake 3 min.


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1 Tricia May 21, 2009 at 10:39 am

OH my gosh I got this in my emails and my mouth is watering. i so wish I had these when I was pregnant.
BUT I can certainly make them now. Spinach Chicken all yummy

2 LIz May 25, 2009 at 6:30 pm

Thanks for sharing this email and recipe with us. I have loved your pregnancy recipes, I can’t wait to try them.

3 Em June 11, 2009 at 11:03 pm

Wow, this looks delish- I’ll have to give it a try soon.

4 ERin Mindes September 29, 2009 at 8:48 pm

We tried this about a month ago and really liked it. My husband especially thought it was sooooo delicious! Thanks for sharing.

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