This can be made WITH OR WITHOUT meat, generally chicken. We have had it both ways, delish either way!
1 1/2 cups multigrain Penne Pasta (I just use regular pasta, anykind!)
1 pkg Fresh Spinach leaves (I use frozen, just make sure its defrosted first)
1tsp dried basil leaves
1 jar (14 1/2oz) of Spaghetti or pasta sauce (any kind)
1can diced tomatoes
2 oz (1/4 of a 8oz brick) cream cheese
1 cup shredded Mozzerella cheese
2 tbsp Grated Parmesan cheese
Heat oven to 375.
Cook pasta, adding spinache to the boiling water for the last minute. ** In another pan, add sauce, basil, and tomatoes, bring to a boil. simmer 3 minutes. Stir in cream cheese.
Drain pasta, return to pan. Add sauce mixture and 1/2 of shredded mozzerella. Spoon into a 2qu baking dish. Bake 20 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining cheese and bake another 3 minutes.
**TO ADD THE CHICKEN: take 1 lb of chicken, (about 3 or 4 breasts) cube them, and brown them in a separate pan while the pasta is cooking. Add the basil, THEN the sauce and continue according to the directions.