Creamy Skinny Pasta Casserole
Prep Time: 30 mins Cook Time: 10 mins Servings: 6
When you need a one-and-done meal for a busy day, you are probably looking for a quick casserole. Casseroles often fall into the ‘comfort food’ category and the honest truth is that they are not always in the healthy meal column. When you can find a delicious meal that is easy to make and easy on the hips, be sure to snag that recipe! The Creamy Skinny Pasta Casserole uses whole grain pasta, lean ground chicken, seasonings, diced tomatoes, and reduced fat cream cheese, mozzarella, & sour cream for a healthier option that still tastes like home. Involving children in meal preparation is a natural family bonding experience and cooking together can allow you time to teach essential kitchen skills.
Who can help?
Older children can help to cook pasta, add seasonings, and mix ingredients. Younger children can help to measure seasonings, pour the opened can of tomatoes, and sprinkle the cheese on the top. Working together helps to foster unity and generates excitement for the meal that they all helped to make. This 30-minute family meal is sure to be a crowd pleaser.
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
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.
Original Recipe from: Taste of Home