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!
Preheat oven to 350° F. Spray a square 8.5x8.5-inch (2-quart) baking dish with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
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.
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.
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.
Meanwhile, in a medium-sized bowl combine cottage cheese, ricotta and 1 cup mozzarella cheese.
Remove sauce from heat and stir in cooked pasta.
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.
Bake uncovered for 20-25 minutes until cheese has melted.