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Cheesy Chicken Pasta Bake

Creamy, cheesy pasta, chicken, and spinach tossed with tomato sauce and baked until bubbly and delicious!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 6
Calories 526 kcal

Ingredients

  • 3 cups penne pasta , uncooked
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 skinless , boneless chicken breast halves (about 1-pound), cut into cubes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 package (6-ounces) baby spinach
  • 3 garlic cloves , minced
  • salt and pepper , to taste
  • 2 cups tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Grease a casserole dish with baking spray; set aside.
  3. Cook pasta according to the directions on the box.
  4. Drain pasta and return to pot; stir in cheese, butter, and 1/4 cup milk; add more milk if needed. Continue to stir until smooth and well combined.
  5. Transfer cheesy pasta into previously prepared baking dish and set aside.
  6. Pour 3 tablespoons olive oil in a skillet and cook over medium heat.
  7. Add cubed chicken and cook until done; about 6 to 8 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  8. Set chicken aside.
  9. In a saucepan, add olive oil and cook over medium-high heat.
  10. Add spinach, minced garlic and season with salt and pepper; cook 2 minutes, or until spinach is wilted, stirring frequently.
  11. Add cooked chicken to spinach and stir in tomato sauce; cook over medium-high heat until heated through.
  12. Spoon chicken and spinach mixture over pasta.
  13. Top with shredded mozzarella and parmesan cheese.
  14. Cook for 15 to 20 minutes, or until bubbly.
  15. Remove from oven.
  16. Let stand 5 minutes.
  17. Serve.

Recipe Notes

RECIPE SOURCE: DIETHOOD

WW SmartPoints: 16

Nutrition Facts
Cheesy Chicken Pasta Bake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 526 Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Fat 23g35%
Saturated Fat 7g35%
Cholesterol 75mg25%
Sodium 800mg33%
Potassium 717mg20%
Carbohydrates 47g16%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 30g60%
Vitamin A 640IU13%
Vitamin C 7.1mg9%
Calcium 219mg22%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.