Three-Cheese Chicken Penne Pasta Bake


Three-cheese chicken penne features chunks of chicken in a creamy tomato sauce with basil and fresh spinach baked with multigrain pasta. Serve with Crystal Light iced tea.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 5 mins
1 2-quart casserole


  • cooking spray

  • 1 ½ cups multi-grain penne pasta, uncooked

  • 1 (9 ounce) bag fresh spinach leaves

  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces

  • 1 teaspoon dried basil leaves

  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes, drained

  • 1 (14 ounce) jar spaghetti sauce

  • 2 ounces PHILADELPHIA Neufchatel cheese, cubed

  • 1 cup KRAFT 2% Milk Shredded Mozzarella Cheese, divided

  • 2 tablespoons KRAFT Grated Parmesan Cheese


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease a casserole dish with cooking spray.

  2. Bring a large pot of unsalted water to a boil. Add penne. Cook, stirring occasionally, until tender yet firm to the bite, about 11 minutes; add spinach to boiling water for the last minute. Drain and set aside.

  3. Grease a large nonstick skillet with cooking spray and place over medium-high heat. Cook and stir chicken and basil in the hot skillet for 3 minutes. Stir in tomatoes and spaghetti sauce; bring to a boil. Simmer on low heat until chicken is cooked through, stirring occasionally, about 3 minutes. Stir in Neufchâtel cheese until melted.

  4. Add penne-spinach mixture and 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese to the skillet; stir until well combined. Pour into the prepared casserole dish.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven until heated through, about 20 minutes. Top with remaining 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese and Parmesan. Continue baking until mozzarella is melted, about 3 minutes.


You can use no-salt-added diced tomatoes and lower-sodium spaghetti sauce if watching sodium intake.

You can substitute an 8-inch square baking dish for the 2-quart casserole dish.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

468 Calories
15g Fat
39g Carbs
43g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 468
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 15g 19%
Saturated Fat 7g 36%
Cholesterol 89mg 30%
Sodium 1004mg 44%
Total Carbohydrate 39g 14%
Dietary Fiber 7g 25%
Total Sugars 12g
Protein 43g
Vitamin C 27mg 137%
Calcium 394mg 30%
Iron 6mg 31%
Potassium 942mg 20%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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