Chunks of chicken in a creamy tomato sauce with basil and fresh spinach are baked with multi-grain penne pasta and topped with cheese.

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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified

Directions

  • Heat oven to 375 degrees F.

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  • 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 occasionally. 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.

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.

Nutrition Facts

433 calories; 11.8 g total fat; 79 mg cholesterol; 944 mg sodium. 38.9 g carbohydrates; 42.1 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
09/10/2013
Ok full disclosure: I made a few VERY MINOR modifications so I could use hat I had on hand. At the end I was licking the pots the spoons everything. It was amazing. I modified: - elbow macaroni for penne pasta. (Not whole wheat) - Philly light cream cheese for Neufchâtel - marble instead of mozzarella - Aylmer brand garlic and olive oil finely diced tomatoes instead of plain diced tomatoes. - when I poured in my spaghetti sauce in order to clean out the Bottle I poured in 3-5oz of leftover white wine swished it in the bottle and dumped that into the sauce Finally I added 2 tsp of sirracha garlic chili sauce for a tiny kick. Go forth and pasta bake you won't regret it!!! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
03/03/2015
Well it was a really good base and for that I am giving it 3 stars. But I followed the directions and it was really REALLY bland. It needs a LOT of seasoning--garlic oregano more basil little salt & crushed red pepper would really make the world of difference. One reviewer mentioned adding a little wine to the sauce; that would probably be awesome. I'll make it again but not just like the recipe. Read More
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  • 4 star values: 13
  • 3 star values: 6
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
09/10/2013
Ok full disclosure: I made a few VERY MINOR modifications so I could use hat I had on hand. At the end I was licking the pots the spoons everything. It was amazing. I modified: - elbow macaroni for penne pasta. (Not whole wheat) - Philly light cream cheese for Neufchâtel - marble instead of mozzarella - Aylmer brand garlic and olive oil finely diced tomatoes instead of plain diced tomatoes. - when I poured in my spaghetti sauce in order to clean out the Bottle I poured in 3-5oz of leftover white wine swished it in the bottle and dumped that into the sauce Finally I added 2 tsp of sirracha garlic chili sauce for a tiny kick. Go forth and pasta bake you won't regret it!!! Read More
(27)
Rating: 5 stars
09/10/2013
Ok full disclosure: I made a few VERY MINOR modifications so I could use hat I had on hand. At the end I was licking the pots the spoons everything. It was amazing. I modified: - elbow macaroni for penne pasta. (Not whole wheat) - Philly light cream cheese for Neufchâtel - marble instead of mozzarella - Aylmer brand garlic and olive oil finely diced tomatoes instead of plain diced tomatoes. - when I poured in my spaghetti sauce in order to clean out the Bottle I poured in 3-5oz of leftover white wine swished it in the bottle and dumped that into the sauce Finally I added 2 tsp of sirracha garlic chili sauce for a tiny kick. Go forth and pasta bake you won't regret it!!! Read More
(27)
Rating: 5 stars
01/02/2014
I found this recipe on the Kraft website and it is fantastic. The only thing different I did was add the spinach to the chicken and sauce mixture rather than the pasta. It clumped up badly in the pasta but not with sauce. Add some crushed red pepper for a little kick. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/23/2013
My family loved it! I tore the spinach leaves before cooking also added extra cheese and pasta. Made it in a 9x13 pan and broiled the top the last few minutes. Easy and tasty! Will definitely make again. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
03/03/2015
Well it was a really good base and for that I am giving it 3 stars. But I followed the directions and it was really REALLY bland. It needs a LOT of seasoning--garlic oregano more basil little salt & crushed red pepper would really make the world of difference. One reviewer mentioned adding a little wine to the sauce; that would probably be awesome. I'll make it again but not just like the recipe. Read More
(7)
Rating: 4 stars
04/07/2013
This was good but not great. We ate it I would make again for a change of pace but would not add it to the regular rotation. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/19/2014
This recipe is so great! My wife and I both agree it's the best pasta dish we have ever made. We did add some fresh garlic to cook with the chicken after adding the pasta sauce. I added crushed red pepper to my bowl to get more of a bite. We will definitely be making this recipe again! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/29/2019
08-19-2-15 The whole family loved this pasta dish. I seasoned the chicken mixture with salt pepper and garlic powder and doubled the Neufchatel cream cheese. Other than those additions I followed the recipe exactly as written. Quick easy and delicious. 03-28-19 Update: Made this again today with Italian Hot Sausage instead of chicken. Seasoned it with salt pepper garlic powder and doubled the Neufchatel cream cheese. Just as good. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/28/2015
Thanks for the great recipe! I doubled it and used a 9x13 glass dish- worked perfectly. I didn't have enough chicken on hand and I wanted more veggies anyway so I added 2 small sliced zucchini and a can of rinsed and drained cannelini beans. Also used thigh instead of boob because that's what I had. Saute'd the chicken with diced onion and deglazed the pan with a splash of white wine added some rosemary and red pepper flakes... All of the changes I made were basically minor/superficial. The bones of the recipe are spot-on. Play around according to your tastes and what you have. The recipe works! Will DEFINITELY make again! Even without meat alltogether! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/26/2015
we loved this recipe. I made a few tweaks based on other reviews. I added fresh garlic and onion while cooking the chicken. I also added the spinach to the tomato sauce instead of cooking in the pasta. I added a dash of red wine and a sprinkle of red pepper to the tomato sauce. my guys loved it! Read More
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