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Salads & sides

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.
Substitute
Prepare using rotini or mostaccioli.
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