I made this for dinner last night – and let me just say, it far exceeded my expectations! Adding cheese to any dinner is great, adding three cheeses is amazing! I adapted this from a skinny slow cooker recipe and it was divine! It’s a really simple recipe, but the flavor is so good! My son is in a picky stage and usually will not take a bite, but he ate this! And loved it! If that isn’t a successful dinner, I don’t know what is! Looking for more Kid Approved Recipes? Try my Skinny Mac and Alfredo!

Skinny 3-Cheese Penne

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 35 minutes

Yield: 8 servings

Serving size: Appox.1 cup


  • ½ cup diced onion
  • 1 clove garlic, minced (or 1/2 tsp from the jar)
  • 23.25 oz jar no-sugar-added pasta sauce
  • 12 oz package penne pasta
  • ½ cup low-fat cottage cheese
  • ½ cup part-skim ricotta cheese
  • 2 cups low moisture, part-skim, shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp fresh oregano, diced (or 1 tsp dried)
  • 1 Tbsp fresh flat leaf parsley, diced (or 1 tsp dried)


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cook penne according to the package instructions for al denté, about 10 minutes.
  2. In a large skillet over medium heat, cook the onion and garlic until tender, about 3 minutes.
  3. Turn down heat to medium-low. Add the entire jar of pasta sauce to the onion and garlic, stir.
  4. Drain pasta and add to pasta sauce.
  5. In a medium size bowl combine cottage cheese, ricotta, 1½ cups of mozzarella and herbs.
  6. In a 9x13 pan, add ½ 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.
  7. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 198

Fat: 2g

Carbohydrates: 40g

Fiber: 7g

Protein: 10g

Sugars: 8g

Sodium: 334mg

Vitamin A: 8%

Vitamin C: 5%

Calcium: 5%

Iron: 3%

WWP+: 5 points