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Your Next Dinner Idea: One-Skillet Cheesy Ground Chicken Pasta!


  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 pound ground chicken

  • 1 cup chopped red onion

  • 1 cup halved grape tomatoes

  • 2 teaspoons dried Italian seasoning

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 8 ounces whole-wheat penne

  • 2 cups unsalted chicken broth

  • 1 cup marinara sauce

  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream

  • 5 ounces fresh baby spinach

  • ½ cup chopped fresh basil, plus more for garnish

  • ½ cup low-moisture part-skim shredded mozzarella cheese

  • Grated Parmesan cheese (optional)


Step 1: Cook Ground Chicken

Heat oil in a large, high-sided skillet or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add chicken; cook, stirring often to break up the meat, until cooked through and beginning to brown, 6 to 8 minutes. Add onion, tomatoes, Italian seasoning and salt; cook, stirring often, until the onion is softened, and the tomatoes are breaking down, 4 to 5 minutes.

Step 2: Cook Pasta

Stir in pasta, broth, marinara and cream; bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the pasta is al dente, 10 to 12 minutes. Stir in spinach (in batches, if necessary), basil and mozzarella; cover and cook until the spinach wilts and the cheese melts, about 2 minutes. Garnish with more basil and Parmesan, if using.

Nutrional Facts (per serving)

Calories: 410

Fat: 19g

Carbs: 38g

Protein: 24g

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