Creamy Basil & Red Pepper Pasta


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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 4
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 295.9
  • Total Fat: 2.7 g
  • Cholesterol: 60.3 mg
  • Sodium: 618.5 mg
  • Total Carbs: 32.3 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 1.0 g
  • Protein: 35.9 g

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Prep Time: 10 min Total Time: 25 min Prep Time: 10 min Total Time: 25 min
Number of Servings: 4


    2 cups penne pasta, uncooked
    4 oz. fat free cream cheese, softened
    1/4 cup fat free milk
    1 jar (7 oz.) roasted red peppers, well drained
    1 tbsp fresh basil leaves
    4 tsp 100% grated parmesan cheese
    1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces


Cook pasta as directed on package.
Meanwhile, place cream cheese, milk, red peppers, basil and Parmesan cheese in blender container; cover. Blend until smooth; set aside.
Spray large skillet with cooking spray.
Add chicken; cook on medium-high heat 3 minutes, stirring frequently.
Stir in cream cheese mixture.
Reduce heat to medium; cook 5 minutes or until heated through, stirring frequently.
Drain pasta. Add to chicken mixture in pan; stir gently until well blended

Number of Servings: 4

Recipe submitted by SparkPeople user JAPIENING.


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  • 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    This was delicious. I replaced the chicken with yellow and green squash, slightly sauteed. YUMMY. - 6/3/09

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  • This was great stuff, everyone who has had it loves it, and can't believe how easy it is to make... - 2/29/12

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  • This is really really good. I only had tofutti low/no fat cream cheese, and it worked great. Last summer I froze basil leaves in between paper towels in a container. These worked great. I also used whole wheat penne and some shells leftover. Adding to my list of favorites. Yum. - 2/23/12

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  • I used a multi grain pasta. Also threw in some minced garlic. We loved this. It is so easy and quick..Great dinner..Thanks - 6/28/11

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  • I have looked at, printed and saved several recipes, but this is the first one I have made. I took the advice of others and added some garlic, red peper flakes and cut up a few mushrooms. This was wonderful. Even my husband who automatically says anything good for you will be bad liked it. - 3/23/11

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  • I LOVE this recipe! Such a drastic, but easy change in the taste of pasta. I took some of the advice and added a few things like garlic, green onions, squash, mushrooms and a few shrimp! Delicious! - 11/30/10

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  • Good recipe, a little bland. I added red pepper flakes and a little bit of jarred spaghetti sauce to give it a bit more flavor. I also used whole wheat penne - 8/6/10

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  • Love it!! - 7/13/10

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  • Everybody liked it. I added garlic and onion. Next time I will add some red peper flakes. - 4/14/10

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  • This tasted absolutely great and was so easy to make. The only thing I'd change is maybe adding some diced tomatoes and onions. - 4/8/10

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  • This was a good recipe. My husband and I ate it for 3 meals. I added a can of 98% fat free cream of mushroom soup and a half a cup of milk to the sauce to make it creamier. I also added a chopped onion and a clove of garlic as I was cooking the chicken. Onions gave it a good flavor. Very nice! - 3/20/10

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  • This was awesome! I liked it just as it was written, although it lends itself well to substitutions/additions. Thanks! - 6/30/09

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  • Wow! This was wonderful and easy to make. I was a skeptical with the whole 'blender' thing, but drug mine out. Well worth it! I didn't have fresh basil so had to use dried. Next time I'll make sure I have fresh basil!! My husband and kids loved it. Made more than 4 servings, more like 6. - 6/16/09

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  • This was UNBELIEVABLE! My boyfriend is so-so about red peppers and spice but even he thought it was really good. The sauce is so creamy. I used half a box (8 oz) of ziti w/lines to make this and kept the amount of ingredients in the sauce the same. It made 2 huge servings w/480 cals! GREAT! - 6/9/09

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  • Ooo this sounds totally delish! Thank you. - 6/3/09

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  • Basil anything makes me happy!! I added more basil and loved it! Let cool and serve over torn Romaine w/ fresh pepper and 10 cal. asian dressing spray & it fills the plate and the tummy :o) - 4/10/09

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  • Delicious! Perfect for carb loading before a long run. Used whole wheat penne. - 4/10/09

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  • this was a very good recipe for dinner. Enjoyed it very much - 4/5/09

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  • For a Vegetarian version, I replace the chicken with Seitan. Thank you for sharing this recipe! :-) - 4/5/09

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  • Just tried this for dinner. Very nice. I added pepper, garlic and red pepper flakes because some reviews said it was bland. Didn't find it bland at all with the additions. Did find it very rich though, the servings sizes are just enough anything more it would get sickly I think. - 3/18/09

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  • This was WONDERFUL! I had a variation to the skinless chicken breasts. If you can find some organic chicken Italian sausages, slice very thin diagonally & sear in a little EVOO & continue as you would have w/the chicken breasts. OH!, I also used whole wheat pasta. Mmmmm!!!! - 10/15/08

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  • This was delicious. I will makie it again, but next time I may add a little bit more seasoning because it was a tad bland - 2/4/08

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  • This will become one of our staples!! - 12/17/07

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  • Wow, that was amazing! Will be making again, you can be assured! My only addition was to add 2tsp minced garlic, and I used dried basil. I still can't believe how good this was.......and like everyone else said, so fast! - 12/2/07

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  • I couldn't believe how quick it was and how good it tasted! This is going to be a regular at my house. - 5/30/07

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