Thursday, April 17, 2014

Skinny 3 Cheese Penne

Pasta is always a favorite around here, but I hate that the calories add up super quick in order to get a filling meal out of it. That's when these "skinny" pasta meals come in super handy! This dish was pretty easy to throw together and was hearty enough, with a salad and some bread, to satisfy our family!

Skinny 3 Cheese Penne
(recipe found on

1/2 cup diced onion
1 clove garlic, minced
1 (23.25 ounces) jar pasta sauce
1 (12 ounces) penne pasta
1/2 cup low-fat cottage cheese
1/2 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried parsley

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cook penne according to the package instructions for al dente, about 10 minutes. In a large skillet over medium heat, cook the onion and garlic until tender, about 3 minutes. Turn down heat to medium low. Add pasta sauce to the onion and garlic, stir. Drain pasta and add to pasta sauce. In a medium size bowl combine cottage cheese, ricotta, 1 1/2 cups of mozzarella and spices. In a 9x13 pan, add 1/2 pasta mixture. Then spread all of the cheese mixture evenly on top. Next, layer the remaining pasta. Sprinkle the top with the rest of the shredded mozzarella. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes.

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