Chicken and Penne Parmesan Casserole

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There is something about a warm, gooey pasta casserole that sparks cravings and makes you want to dig right in. While your oven cranks up the warmth and the perfume of home cooking permeates the house, you get the sense that wholesome, home-cooked meals are the best way to nourish yourself and your family. This chicken and penne parmesan casserole has loads of flavor, but is low in excess fat and calories. And did we mention the applause you’ll receive when you bring this dish to the table?

Chicken and Penne Parmesan Casserole

Chicken and Penne Parmesan Casserole

Yields: 8 servings | Serving size: 1 cup pasta | Calories: 310 | Total Fat: 11 g | Saturated Fats: 4 g | Trans Fats: 0 g | Cholesterol: 59 mg | Sodium: 156 mg | Carbohydrates: 34 g | Dietary Fiber: 5 g | Sugars: 0 g | Protein: 19 g | SmartPoints (Freestyle): 9

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 pound lean ground chicken or turkey
  • 1 (24-ounce) jar marinara sauce, no sugar added, store-bought or homemade
  • 12 ounces (3-1/2 cups) uncooked whole grain penne
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan, divided
  • 3/4 cup grated (part-skim) mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup loosely pack parsley, coarsely chopped, for garnish (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Boil a pot of salted water for the pasta and cook according to package directions, until the pasta is al dente.
  3. Over medium heat, in a skillet, cook the ground poultry for about 8 minutes, or until cooked through. Season with salt and pepper. Add all of the marinara sauce and stir.
  4. Mix the drained pasta with the sauce,1/4 cup of the Parmesan and the mozzarella cheese. Transfer the pasta to a 9 x 13-inch casserole dish that has been sprayed with cooking spray or greased with a small amount of olive oil. Sprinkle the remaining Parmesan on top of the pasta then drizzle with 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil.
  5. Bake for 20 - 25 minutes or until a golden crust forms on top.
  6. Let it rest for about 5 - 10 minutes. Garnish with chopped parsley just prior to serving, if desired.
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11 Comments on "Chicken and Penne Parmesan Casserole"

  1. Stephanie  March 21, 2015

    when do you add the chicken back in?

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    • SkinnyMs  March 22, 2015

      Stephanie, Add the sauce to the ground meat when it is done cooking, then add the meat sauce to the casserole with the cheese as directed.

      Reply
  2. Mel  August 8, 2016

    What size baking dish?

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  3. Susan  March 27, 2017

    Skinny Ms
    I have Italian Seasoned ground chicken, do you think this would be over kill using an already seasoned sauce. Thanks

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    • Nichole Furlong  March 27, 2017

      Susan, Italian seasoned ground chicken will work perfectly!

      Reply
  4. Angelique  February 13, 2018

    Do you bake and then freeze?

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    • Gale Compton  February 13, 2018

      Angelique, I would recommend freezing, defrosting in the fridge, then baking.

      Reply
  5. Ann  May 8, 2019

    I’ve made this several times and am bringing it to a family as a dinner. How far in advance can I make this? Can it stay in the fridge for 24 hours before baking?

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    • Nichole Furlong  May 8, 2019

      Making 24 hours ahead will work just fine!

      Reply
  6. Cathy  July 9, 2019

    Made this tonight. It was good. Added some bell peppers and onions while cooking the turkey.

    Reply

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