Creamy Skinny Pasta Casserole

Contributed By: Terry Borden


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
Optional: Minced fresh parsley and crushed red pepper flakes


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.

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TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min. YIELD: 6 servings.

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