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Three-Cheese Chicken Penne Pasta Bake

Three-Cheese Chicken Penne Pasta Bake recipe
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Hundreds of people can't be wrong. Check out this creamy, cheesy, hearty casserole that sports a solid 5 stars for deliciousness as well as smarts.
time
prep:
20 min
total:
43 min
servings
total:
4 servings, 2 cups each
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What You Need

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
can  (14-1/2 oz.) diced tomatoes, drained
1
jar  (14 oz.) spaghetti sauce
2
oz.  (1/4 of 8-oz. pkg.) PHILADELPHIA Neufchatel Cheese, cubed
1
cup  KRAFT 2% Milk Shredded Mozzarella Cheese, divided
2
Tbsp.  KRAFT Grated Parmesan Cheese

Make It

HEAT oven to 375ºF.

COOK pasta in large saucepan as directed on package, omitting salt and adding spinach to the boiling water for the last minute.

MEANWHILE, cook and stir chicken and basil in large nonstick skillet sprayed with cooking spray on medium-high heat 3 min. Stir in tomatoes and spaghetti sauce; bring to boil. Simmer on low heat 3 min. or until chicken is done, stirring occasonally. Stir in Neufchatel.

DRAIN pasta mixture; return to pan. Stir in chicken mixture and 1/2 cup mozzarella; pour into 2-qt. casserole 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

Note
If watching sodium, prepare using no-salt-added diced tomatoes and lower-sodium spaghetti sauce.
Substitute
Substitute an 8-inch square baking dish for the 2-qt. casserole.
Serving Suggestion
Serve with CRYSTAL LIGHT Iced Tea.
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