Monday, January 11, 2010

Three Cheese Chicken Penne Pasta Bake

I had some left over chicken from Sunday dinner and scanned through my recipe book and I found this recipe that I tore out of a magazine last year.   I am really bad about finding new recipes then never trying them but today I tired this one and it was a HUGE hit at my house.

1 1/2 cups penne pasta uncooked
1 pkg (9oz) fresh spinach leaves(I left this out since I was out of spinach)
1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into pieces( I used leftover chicken)
1 t dried basil
1 jar (14.5 oz) spaghetti sauce
1 can diced tomatoes drained
2 oz cream cheese cubed
1 c  grated mozzarella cheese
2 T grated parmesan cheese

Heat oven to 375 degrees.  Cook pasta, adding spinach to boiling water for the last minute.   Cook and stir chicken and basil in large skillet on medium heat for 3 minutes.  Add sauce and tomatoes and bring to a boil.  Simmer for 3 min or until chicken is done.  Stir in cream cheese.   Drain Pasta mixture return to pan.  Stir in chicken mixture and 1/2 c mozzarella cheese.  Spoon into 2 qt baking dish.   Bake for 20 min.  Sprinkle with remaining cheeses and bake for 3 more minutes.


Maine Mom said...

Looks yummy! Great job using a recipe that you had cut out of a magazine, but hadn't tried yet. It's a great "Use it or lose it" motivator. :-)

Megan said...

Looks good! I'm always clipping or saving recipes but I never use them. Good job!