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Chicken and Broccoli Mac and Cheese

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This grown-up version of mac 'n cheese is made with whole wheat pasta, broccoli and red bell pepper. It's sure to be a favorite!

  • Prep Time 25 min
  • Total Time 40 min
  • Servings 6

Ingredients

2 1/3
cups uncooked whole wheat penne pasta (8 oz)
1
small red bell pepper, coarsely chopped (about 1 cup)
1
bag (24 oz) Green Giant® frozen broccoli & three cheese sauce
2
cups cubed cooked chicken
1/4
cup fat-free (skim) milk
1/8
teaspoon ground red pepper (cayenne)
1/3
cup Progresso® plain bread crumbs
3
tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese
1/2
teaspoon Italian seasoning
1
tablespoon olive oil

Directions

  • 1 Heat oven to 375°F. Spray 13x9-inch baking dish with cooking spray. Cook pasta as directed on package--except omit salt and add bell pepper last 3 minutes of cook time. Drain; return to saucepan.
  • 2 Meanwhile, cook broccoli & cheese sauce as directed on bag. Stir cooked broccoli mixture, chicken, milk and ground red pepper into pasta. Pour into baking dish.
  • 3 In small bowl, stir together bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese and Italian seasoning; stir in oil, using fork. Sprinkle bread crumb mixture over top of pasta mixture.
  • 4 Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until top is golden brown and pasta is hot.

Nutrition Info

The Quick Take:

  • Calories 340
  • Fat 9g
  • Saturated Fat 2 1/2g
  • Sodium 570mg

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
340
(
Calories from Fat
80),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
9g
9%
(Saturated Fat
2 1/2g,
2 1/2%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
45mg
45%;
Sodium
570mg
570%;
Total Carbohydrate
40g
40%
(Dietary Fiber
5g
5%
  Sugars
2g
2%
),
Protein
24g
24%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
10%;
Vitamin C
40%;
Calcium
15%;
Iron
15%;
Exchanges:
2 1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 1/2 Vegetable; 2 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
2 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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We calculated the nutrition of this recipe at the time it was created on 09/27/2013. NOTE: We do not include optional ingredients in our calculations. If concerned about gluten-free, non-dairy, vegetarian or vegan status, always read ingredient labels to make sure each recipe ingredient meets requirements. Products and ingredient sources can change.

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Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
340
(
Calories from Fat
80),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
9g
9%
(Saturated Fat
2 1/2g,
2 1/2%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
45mg
45%;
Sodium
570mg
570%;
Total Carbohydrate
40g
40%
(Dietary Fiber
5g
5%
  Sugars
2g
2%
),
Protein
24g
24%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
10%;
Vitamin C
40%;
Calcium
15%;
Iron
15%;
Exchanges:
2 1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 1/2 Vegetable; 2 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
2 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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