It’s no secret that I’m a fan of pasta. By far my favorite kind of food. And my family is a huge fan too. I love it because first off, it’s amazing and yummy. I also like it because it’s easy to make, it is one of my favorite dinner ideas with chicken. But one of my favorite things about it is they make super easy freezer meals. I love to make double a batch, make it for dinner that night and then freeze it for one of those crazy days when I don’t want to make dinner. That’s what I did with this meal, but instead of saving the freezer meal for my family, I decided to make it for another family but it’s the #SummerofGiving and I wanted to help out a family in need.
3 Cheese Penne Chicken Pasta
Love the Applebee's 3 Cheese Penne? This is a copycat recipe that is delicious and easy to make.
- 4 oz 1/3 Less Fat Cream Cheese
- 2 Cups Low Fat Milk Not Skim
- 2 Tbsp Flour
- 1 tsp Salt
- 1 Tbsp Butter
- 2 Garlic Cloves, minced
- 1 Cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
- 4 Roma Tomatoes, diced
- 6-8 Basil Leaves
- 2-3 Garlic Cloves, minced
- 5 Tbsp Olive Oil
- 1 Box Penne Pasta
- 1-1 1/2 Cups Italian Cheese
- 1 Package Grilled and Ready Chicken add as much or as little as wanted
Cook the penne pasta as directed on the box. Cook al dente (1-2 minutes less than recommended)
Prepare the Alfredo sauce
Put the cream cheese, milk, flour, and salt into a blender and mix together. Set aside.
Melt the butter in a sauce pan on medium heat. Then add the garlic and heat for 30 seconds to 1 minute, until bubbly.
Add the mixture from the blender and stir constantly for 3-4 minutes. Then let it cook for 2-3 minutes more until it is a little thicker.
Add the Parmesan cheese, stir and remove from heat. Cover and let sit for 10 minutes.
Add noodles to casserole dish and pour sauce over noodles.
Add the chicken. Bake for 20-25 minutes at 350 degrees
While the pasta is baking, prepared the Bruschetta. Diced all the tomatoes, garlic and basil and then mix it all up with the olive oil. Set aside. Add to pasta when done cooking.
Teaching my kids to serve is also very important to me, so I had the whole family go over and help deliver the food to our friends. I challenge you to think about a friend or family in need and do something little for them. You could bring them dinner or invite them over for a meal. Or offer to watch their kids. It doesn’t matter what it is, just try to do some kind of service this week. Little things can make a big difference.Check out more of my pasta recipes: