Three Cheese Chicken Pasta Bake

Tonight for dinner I made this three cheese pasta bake.  I’ve been eyeing this recipe for awhile and I finally got the chance to make it.  It was cheesy, delicious and fairly simple to make!

I got the original recipe from allrecipes.com, but after reading several reviews, I made a few changes.

Diesel stood with begging puppy eyes the entire time I was in the kitchen cooking... How can you say no to these eyes?

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cups multigrain rotini pasta
  • 1 large handful spinach leaves
  • 1 1/2 cups broccoli florets (I added this because I needed to use it before it went bad!)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 2 cups of your favorite pasta sauce
  • 1 1/2 cup diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1/4 cup light cream cheese
  • 1 cup mozzarella shredded cheese
  • 2 tablespoons grated light parmesan cheese
Instructions:
1. Heat oven to 375 degrees. Cook pasta as directed on package. Add spinach and broccoli to the boiling water for the last 1 minute.
2. Heat a large skillet and 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Add chicken, garlic and basil; cook diced chicken.
3. Add 2 cups of pasta sauce and 1 1/2 cups of diced tomatoes; bring to boil. Stir in 1/4 cup of cream cheese spread until melted.
4. Drain pasta, spinach, and broccoli. Add chicken, broccoli, and spinach to the sauce mixture; mix lightly. Stir in 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese. Spoon into 13 x 9 inch baking dish.
4.  Cover with foil and bake in oven on 375 degrees for 20 minutes.  Remove foil and add other 1/2 cup of mozzarella cheese and 2 tablespoons of grated parmesan cheese. Put back in the oven for 3 minutes or until cheese is completely melted.
 Enjoy!

 

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