Creamy Skinny Pasta Casserole Recipe

Creamy Skinny Pasta Casserole Recipe
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Creamy Skinny Pasta Casserole Recipe

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Baked pasta is a favorite potluck dish, so I altered some of the ingredients in my traditional recipe to make it more calorie-friendly! Try it with ground beef, too! —Andrea Bolden, Unionville, Tennessee
MAKES:
6 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:
6 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep/Total Time: 30 min.

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces uncooked whole wheat penne pasta
  • 1 pound lean ground chicken
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder, divided
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 3 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup reduced-fat sour cream
  • 1 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided
  • Minced fresh parsley and crushed red pepper flakes, optional

Directions

Preheat oven to 400°. Cook pasta according to package directions for al dente. Drain, reserving 1/3 cup pasta water; return all to pot.
Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook and crumble chicken with onion, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder and remaining seasonings over medium-high heat until no longer pink, 5-7 minutes. Stir in tomatoes; bring to a boil. Add to pasta; toss to combine. Transfer to a 13x9-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray.
Mix cream cheese, sour cream, 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese and remaining garlic powder. Drop mixture by tablespoonfuls over pasta. Sprinkle with remaining mozzarella cheese.
Bake, uncovered, until cheese is melted, 8-10 minutes. If desired, sprinkle with parsley and pepper flakes. Yield: 6 servings.

Test Kitchen tips
  • This dish would also be good with rotini or medium shell pasta.
  • Tuck some fresh mozzarella cheese pearls into this dish for extra cheesy goodness.

  • Health Tip: Whole wheat pasta is a great way to get whole grains into your daily diet. If the flavor is too strong for your family, try using half whole wheat and half regular pasta.
    Originally published as Creamy Skinny Pasta Casserole in Simple & Delicious February/March 2018

    Nutritional Facts

    1-2/3 cups: 445 calories, 13g fat (6g saturated fat), 78mg cholesterol, 559mg sodium, 49g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 7g fiber), 33g protein.

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    • 12 ounces uncooked whole wheat penne pasta
    • 1 pound lean ground chicken
    • 1 small onion, finely chopped
    • 1 teaspoon garlic powder, divided
    • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
    • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
    • 3 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese
    • 1/2 cup reduced-fat sour cream
    • 1 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided
    • Minced fresh parsley and crushed red pepper flakes, optional
    1. Preheat oven to 400°. Cook pasta according to package directions for al dente. Drain, reserving 1/3 cup pasta water; return all to pot.
    2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook and crumble chicken with onion, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder and remaining seasonings over medium-high heat until no longer pink, 5-7 minutes. Stir in tomatoes; bring to a boil. Add to pasta; toss to combine. Transfer to a 13x9-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray.
    3. Mix cream cheese, sour cream, 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese and remaining garlic powder. Drop mixture by tablespoonfuls over pasta. Sprinkle with remaining mozzarella cheese.
    4. Bake, uncovered, until cheese is melted, 8-10 minutes. If desired, sprinkle with parsley and pepper flakes. Yield: 6 servings.

    Test Kitchen tips
  • This dish would also be good with rotini or medium shell pasta.
  • Tuck some fresh mozzarella cheese pearls into this dish for extra cheesy goodness.

  • Health Tip: Whole wheat pasta is a great way to get whole grains into your daily diet. If the flavor is too strong for your family, try using half whole wheat and half regular pasta.
    Originally published as Creamy Skinny Pasta Casserole in Simple & Delicious February/March 2018

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