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Cheesy Chicken & Mushroom Penne Pasta Bake

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How cheesy is this chicken and mushroom penne pasta bake? Three-cheese cheesy—with Neufchatel, mozzarella, and Parmesan. Don't expect leftovers!
25 min
45 min
4 servings, 2 cups each

What You Need

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

Make It

HEAT oven to 375ºF.

COOK pasta as directed on package, omitting salt.

MEANWHILE, cook and stir chicken, mushrooms and basil in large nonstick skillet on medium-high heat 3 min. or until chicken is lightly browned. Stir in spaghetti sauce and tomatoes; bring to boil. Simmer on medium-low heat 3 min. or until chicken is done, stirring occasionally. Add Neufchatel; cook and stir until melted.

DRAIN pasta. Add to chicken mixture with 1/2 cup mozzarella; mix well. Spoon into 8-inch square baking dish sprayed with cooking spray.

BAKE 20 min. or until heated through. Top with remaining cheeses; bake 3 min. or until mozzarella is melted.

Kraft Kitchens Tips

How to Safely Handle Raw Chicken
Always wash hands, preparation surfaces and utensils in hot, soapy water before and after contact with raw chicken. Dry hands and surfaces with a clean towel or paper towels. Take special care in washing worn cutting boards as there may be hard-to-clean grooves or cracks that can collect bacteria.
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