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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

recipe of the week: quick cream cheese spinach penne with chicken

mmmm... i love this pasta. it's a classic in our house inspired by a yummy dish my mother-in-law makes. work the veggie in this one and add as much spinach as you can handle!

quick cream cheese spinach penne with chicken
4+ servings

1 package penne pasta (16 oz)
1 chicken breast, cut into small pieces
garlic salt and black pepper
1/2 tsp olive oil
1 tsp fat free italian dressing
1 block 1/3 less fat cream cheese
½ cup skim milk
1 tablespoon soy sauce
½ tsp worchestershire sauce
2 ½ to 3 cups spinach or 1 bunch spinach (cut off stems if you use bunch)
parmesan cheese (optional)

1. cook pasta according to directions.
2. while pasta is cooking, combine oil, italian dressing and chicken in large skillet. season with garlic salt and a little bit of black pepper. cook until done.
3. when chicken is done, add block of cream cheese and ¼ cup of the milk. stir constantly until cream cheese is melted. add soy sauce and worchestershire sauce. add more garlic salt to taste if needed. add more milk to thin sauce as desired.
4. add spinach last and cook until spinach is no longer crunchy.
5. toss pasta and sauce together in large bowl and parmesan cheese if desired.


Super Angie said...

This looks yummy!!! I make a really good creamy garlic penne. This looks like version to try.

BrittWilk said...

ooohhh... creamy garlic penne! that sounds great! if my husband wasn't having a sudden aversion to garlic right now i'd steal the recipe from you. :( poor me, i love garlic!

Allison said...

Fabulous! I made this for dinner tonight. I really liked it. Thanks! I substituted the chicken with asparagus (I had a bunch from Sam's). We hope that you are doing well!

BrittWilk said...

hi allison! all is well with us and we hope you guys are doing well too. we miss you! and good idea with the asparagus. asparagus is good in creamy stuff like that. yummy!

Troy and Brooke said...

Britt. We just had this for dinner and it was sooo yummy. Except I switched the spinach for broccoli since we don't have any. Your blog is my new favorite website. You are a chef!!

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