This creamy combination of two fave pasta sauces uses shortcuts (like cream cheese spread and purchased pesto sauce)-a clever way to serve an impressive dish in no time!

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Ingredients

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

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  • Cook pasta as directed on package, omitting salt. Meanwhile, heat oil in large nonstick skillet on medium heat. Add chicken; cook and stir 7 min. or until done.

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  • Stir in milk and cream cheese spread; cook 3 min. or until cream cheese is completely melted and sauce is well blended. Add peppers, Parmesan and pesto; stir. Cook 3 min. or until heated through, stirring occasionally.

  • Drain pasta. Add to cream cheese sauce; toss to coat.

Kraft Kitchens Tips

Substitute: Substitute 1-1/2 cups roasted red pepper strips for the fresh red pepper strips.

Tips

Special Extra: For more intense flavor, stir in 1 Tbsp. lemon zest or 1/2 cup pitted dry-cured olives, along with the peppers, Parmesan and pesto.

Tips

Food Facts: Pesto is an uncooked sauce made with fresh basil, garlic, pignoli (pine nuts), Parmesan or Pecorino cheese and olive oil. This classic, fresh-tasting sauce originated in Italy and is a favorite on pasta and chicken dishes. Look for prepared pesto in either the refrigerated aisle of your supermarket, with the sauces and dressings in the produce aisle or with the jarred pasta sauces in the grocery aisle.

Nutrition Facts

516.6 calories; 38.2 g protein; 41.6 g carbohydrates; 109.8 mg cholesterol; 497.3 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (14)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
09/22/2013
Try adding a teaspoon of season salt and a tablespoon of garlic. Also needs an extra tablespoon of pesto. Add corn starch to thicken (flour if no corn starch) Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
07/22/2013
The sauce was watery The cream cheese didn't melt so much as separate and the flavor was bland. I followed the recipe exactly. Read More
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16 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 6
  • 4 star values: 8
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
09/22/2013
Try adding a teaspoon of season salt and a tablespoon of garlic. Also needs an extra tablespoon of pesto. Add corn starch to thicken (flour if no corn starch) Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/22/2013
Try adding a teaspoon of season salt and a tablespoon of garlic. Also needs an extra tablespoon of pesto. Add corn starch to thicken (flour if no corn starch) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/20/2014
Great recipe! Added salt pepper and garlic powder to the chicken. It turned out fantastic! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/12/2014
Was very easy and quick to make...had a great flavor & my family loved it!! Only difference was I added about a tsp of garlic powder to the sauce & I served it over penne pasta. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/16/2014
not sure what the Italian sauce was for...... Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
07/22/2013
The sauce was watery The cream cheese didn't melt so much as separate and the flavor was bland. I followed the recipe exactly. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
02/01/2015
Good but as written doesn't work. Needs corn starch to thicken garlic to add flavor and 1 T more pesto. I had to make these adjustments and with such it is really good. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/22/2015
I only added 1 cup of milk and added another tablespoon of pesto. I used more chicken as well and the whole package of angelhair for dinner. It was amazing! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
07/12/2016
Delicious Read More
Rating: 4 stars
08/01/2016
I liked it. Just add 3 more tablespoons of Pesto. Try adding Garlic Salt it brings out more flavor. The Sauce is VERY watery if you make it as shown on this recipe. Mix Cornstarch and water and slowly pour it into the sauce mixture and stir until thickened. Read More