skinny 3 cheese penne recipe serves 8 low fat low calorie low sodium and vegetarian

This recipe will exceed your expectations! Adding cheese to any dinner is great, adding three cheeses is amazing! It’s a really simple recipe, but the flavor is so good!  Looking for other cheesy pasta dishes? Try our Skinny Mac and Alfredo!

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Skinny 3-Cheese Penne

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 25 minutes

Yield: 8 servings

Serving size: 1¼ cup

Ingredients

  • ¼ tsp salt, divided
  • 13.25 oz dry Barilla® Whole Grain Penne Pasta
  • 1 tsp Bertolli® Extra Light Olive Oil
  • ½ small onion, diced (about 1 cup)
  • 1 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 23.25 oz jar Prego® Light Smart Traditional Pasta Sauce
  • ½ tsp dried basil
  • ½ tsp dried oregano
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • ½ cup Daisy® Low Fat Cottage Cheese
  • ½ cup part-skim ricotta cheese
  • 1½ cups Sargento® Reduced Fat Mozzarella Shredded Cheese, divided

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F. Spray a square 8.5x8.5-inch (2-quart) baking dish with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a large stockpot, bring 4 cups of water to a boil. Add ⅛ tsp salt to boiling water. Add penne pasta and cook until pasta is al dente (softened but still slightly firm), about 10 minutes. Drain pasta.
  3. In large skillet over medium high heat, add extra light olive oil, onions and minced garlic. Cook for 1-2 minutes until onions have softened and garlic is tender.
  4. Turn heat to low and pour in pasta sauce. Add in basil, oregano, black pepper and remaining ⅛ tsp salt. Stir sauce well. Cover and heat for 5-7 minutes, stir occasionally.
  5. Meanwhile, in a medium-sized bowl combine cottage cheese, ricotta and 1 cup mozzarella cheese.
  6. Remove sauce from heat and stir in cooked pasta.
  7. Transfer ½ of pasta to baking dish. Evenly spread ½ of the cheese mixture on top. Then add remaining pasta followed by remaining cheese mixture. Sprinkle remaining ½ cup mozzarella cheese on top.
  8. Bake uncovered for 20-25 minutes until cheese has melted.

Nutrition Information

Per Serving: (1¼ cup)

Calories: 276

Calories from fat: 63

Fat: 7g

Saturated Fat: 3g

Cholesterol: 18mg

Sodium: 498mg

Carbohydrates: 43g

Fiber: 7g

Sugar 7g

Protein: 17g

Calcium: 21%

Iron: 22%

WWP+: 7

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