Chicken-Penne Florentine Bake

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Prep Time
25
min.
Total Time
43
min.
Servings

6 servings, 1 cup each

What’s not to love? Chicken, spinach and two kinds of cheese are baked with multi-grain pasta for a totally satisfying—and better-for-you—take on an Italian favorite.

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  • Heat oven to 375ºF.
  • Cook pasta as directed on package, omitting salt.
  • Meanwhile, toss chicken with flour. Heat dressing in large skillet on medium heat. Add chicken; cook and stir 3 min. or until evenly browned. Add broth and Neufchatel; cook 3 min. or until Neufchatel is melted, stirring frequently. Stir in spinach.
  • Drain pasta. Add to chicken mixture; mix lightly. Spoon half into 2-qt. casserole sprayed with cooking spray; top with 1/2 cup mozzarella. Repeat layers; sprinkle with Parmesan.
  • Bake 16 to 18 min. or until mozzarella is melted and casserole is heated through.

Make Ahead

Pasta can be cooked ahead of time. Cook as directed on package, just until al dente. Rinse pasta, drain well and place in freezer-weight resealable plastic bag. Freeze up to 2 months. When ready to use, thaw pasta by running hot tap water over pasta; drain. Then, use as directed.

Keeping it Safe

Cutting raw boneless chicken breasts into pieces is a slippery task. Make it safer and prevent the knife from slipping by cutting the chicken while it is partially frozen.

Servings

  • 6 servings, 1 cup each

Healthy Living

  • Good source of vitamin A or C
  • Generally Nutritious
  • Diabetes Center

Diabetes Center

  • Carb Choices: 2 Carb Choice

Diet Exchange

  • 2 Starch
  • 4 Meat (L)

Nutrition Bonus

Enjoy this contemporary twist on a traditional pasta bake. As a bonus, the spinach is an excellent source of vitamin A.

Nutritional Information

Serving Size 6 servings, 1 cup each
AMOUNT PER SERVING
Calories 340
% Daily Value
Total fat 10g
Saturated fat 4.5g
Cholesterol 65mg
Sodium 440mg
Carbohydrate 32g
Dietary fiber 4g
Sugars 2g
Protein 31g
   
Vitamin A 120 %DV
Vitamin C 2 %DV
Calcium 25 %DV
Iron 15 %DV

* Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.

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  • rosymosy369 | Mon, May 18 2015 9:46 AM

    Along with the extra broth and Crm cheese, I added mushrooms, asparagus, sundried tomatoes. This was fantastic...I felt it was missing bacon (probably bacon makes everything better). Will make this again

  • pbuzbee | Sun, May 17 2015 12:32 PM

  • Shaemarie100396 | Fri, May 15 2015 12:17 PM

    simple and yummmmyy

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