chicken broccoli pene pasta
boy dressed as a chef

Chic Penne

Note: Get a grownup’s help with this recipe, which requires using the oven/stove.

Prep time: 55 minutes

What you need:

  • 1 box whole-wheat penne pasta (14 ounces)
  • 3 cups of raw broccoli florettes
  • ¾ cup of precooked chicken strips (4 ounces)
  • ½ cup reduced-fat cheddar cheese, shredded (2 ounces)
  • ½ cup mozzarella cheese, shredded (2 ounces)
  • 3 tablespoons skim milk (1.5 oz)
  • 2 tablespoons low-sodium chicken broth
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ teaspoon ground black pepper

Equipment and supplies:

  • Pot for cooking pasta and steaming broccoli
  • Colander for draining pasta
  • 13×9-inch baking dish
  • Steamer basket for broccoli
  • Measuring cups/spoons
  • Mixing bowl
  • Spoon
  • Skillet
  • Oven/stove

What to do:

  1. 1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. 2. Cook pasta according to directions until crisp-tender. Drain pasta.
  3. 3. Place drained pasta in a 13×9 baking dish.
  4. 4. Place broccoli in a stockpot of boiling water or a steamer for about 5 minutes.
  5. 5. Rinse with cool water.
  6. 6. Add the drained broccoli and the precooked chicken strips to the pasta.
  7. 7. Sprinkle shredded cheeses over pasta mixture.
  8. 8. In a mixing bowl, combine milk, chicken broth, salt, and pepper.
  9. 9. Pour milk mixture evenly over the pasta mixture and mix in with a spoon.
  10. 10. Cover baking dish with foil.
  11. 11. Bake 30 minutes, until mixture is bubbly and cheese is melted.

How much does this recipe make?

  • Six servings

Reviewed by: Mary L. Gavin, MD

Source: KidsHealth; Chic’ Penne