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Creamy Spinach & Pasta Skillet

Creamy Spinach & Pasta Skillet recipe
photo by:kraft
Cream cheese, diced tomatoes and garlic give this quick, easy spinach and pasta skillet its creamy sauce and terrific flavor.
time
prep:
20 min
total:
20 min
servings
total:
8 servings, about 1 cup each

What You Need

3
cups  penne pasta, uncooked
1
Tbsp.  oil
3
cloves  garlic, minced
1
can  (14-1/2 oz.) diced tomatoes, drained
6
oz.  (3/4 of 8-oz. pkg.) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, cubed
1
Tbsp.  lemon juice
1
pkg.  (6 oz.) baby spinach leaves
1/4
cup  KRAFT Grated Parmesan Cheese, divided

Make It

COOK pasta as directed on package, omitting salt.

MEANWHILE, heat oil in large skillet on medium heat. Add garlic; cook and stir 1 min. Stir in tomatoes; cook 3 min. or until heated through, stirring frequently. Add cream cheese and lemon juice; cook and stir 3 to 5 min. or until cream cheese is melted and mixture is well blended.

PLACE spinach in large bowl. Drain pasta, reserving 1/3 cup cooking water. Add pasta, reserved water, tomato mixture and 3 Tbsp. Parmesan to spinach; mix lightly. Serve topped with remaining Parmesan.

Kraft Kitchens Tips

Special Extra
Add 1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper to cooked tomato mixture along with the cream cheese and lemon juice.
Variation
Omit oil, garlic, cream cheese and lemon juice. Cook tomatoes in large skillet on medium heat until heated through, stirring occasionally. Add 1 tub (10 oz.) PHILADELPHIA Savory Garlic Cooking Creme; cook and stir 2 to 3 min. or until heated through. Add drained pasta, reserved cooking water, spinach and 2 Tbsp. Parmesan; continue as directed.
Substitute
Prepare using rotini or mostaccioli.
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