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Healthy Three Cheese Chicken Pasta Bake

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Healthy Three Cheese Chicken Pasta Bake
  • Prep Time 20 min
  • Total Time 40 min
  • Servings 4
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Healthy Three Cheese Chicken Pasta Bake

Three cheese chicken penne pasta bake that will make you forget you are eating healthy.

Ingredients

1 1/2
cups multi-grain penne pasta, uncooked
1
(9 ounce) package fresh spinach leaves
1
pound uncooked chicken breasts cut into bite sized pieces
1
tablespoon fresh basil or 1 teaspoon dried basil
1
(14.5 ounce) jar spaghetti sauce
1
teaspoon minced garlic
1
(14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes, drained
2
ounces Neufchatel cheese, cubed
1
cup shredded 2% milk mozzarella cheese
2
tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

Directions

  • 1 Preheat oven to 375ยบ degrees.
  • 2 Cook pasta as directed on package. Add spinach to the boiling water the last minute of cooking.
  • 3 Cook chicken and basil in large nonstick skillet sprayed with cooking spray on medium-high heat for around 3 minutes. Stir in spaghetti sauce, garlic, and tomatoes; bring to boil. Simmer on low heat for 3 minutes or until chicken is done.
  • 4 Stir in Neufchatel cheese and mix until combined.
  • 5 Drain pasta and spinach and return to pan. Stir in chicken mixture and 1/2 cup mozzarella and mix until combined. Spoon into a 2 quart baking dish.
  • 6 Bake 20 minutes in the oven. Top with remaining 1/2 cup mozzarella and Parmesan cheese. Bake for 2-3 minutes or until cheese is melted.
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3-cheese Chicken Pasta Bake

As prepared by Girl Who Ate Everything,

Three Cheeses + Chicken + Pasta = Wow

Yah, this is THAT casserole. The one nearly everyone loves. 

You know you’re craving it. That down-home cheesy meal that makes grown men keep a keen eye on the casserole dish so they can return for more before it’s gone. 

This is that meal. Each of the three cheeses lends a different flavor angle, so together they make this pasta dish yummy.

Easy Chicken Pasta Dinner Recipe

The secret to this recipe is that you don’t have to deprive yourself of the things you love. You can have pasta, but try to eat multi-grain or wheat pasta instead of the usual white. As for cheese…just don’t use too much. It’s all about moderation here, which is a hard thing to learn (trust me -- I'm still learning).  But you’ll see by experimenting with your own preferences that you can have a cheesy pasta dish without feeling totally weighted down by making a few select choices.

This pasta bake is easy, cheesy and a great go-to for friends and family alike.



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Nutrition Information 

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
430.4
Daily Value
Total Fat
24.5g
38%
(
Saturated Fat
10.6g
53%
)
Cholesterol
114.9mg
38%
Sodium
906.6mg
38%
Total Carbohydrate
15.3g
5%
(
Dietary Fiber
5.2g
21%
,
Sugars
9.3g
)
Protein
37.7g
Daily Value*:
Vitamin C
55.40%
55%
Calcium
40.10%
40%
Iron
22.90%
23%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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