Chicken and Broccoli Mac and Cheese


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



Step 1:  Heat oven to 375°F. Spray 13×9-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.
Step 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.
Step 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.
Step 4: Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until top is golden brown and pasta is hot.