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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 my Skinny Mac and Alfredo!

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We want to make sure our recipes are juuust right before we share them with our readers, so we have reworked an older version of this recipe into a new and improved creation! This recipe is skinnier, tastier and better than ever thanks to a tiny bit of tweaking, and we know you’ll love it.

3-Cheese Penne

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 30 minutes

Yield: 8 servings

Serving size: 1¼ cup

Ingredients

  • 13.25-ounces Barilla® Whole Grain Penne Pasta, dry
  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ small onion, diced
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 23.25-ounce jar Prego® Light Smart Traditional Pasta Sauce
  • ½ teaspoon dried basil
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup lowfat cottage cheese
  • ½ cup part-skim ricotta cheese
  • 1½ cups Sargento® Reduced Fat Mozzarella Shredded Cheese
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350° F. Spray an 8x8-inch (2-quart) baking dish with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
  2. Cook the pasta in a large pot of salted water, according to package directions for al dente. Drain and set aside.
  3. In large skillet over medium high heat, add the extra virgin olive oil. Once heated, add the onions and garlic. Sauté for 3 to 5 minutes until the onions have softened.
  4. Turn heat to low and pour in the pasta sauce. Stir in the basil, oregano, black pepper, and salt. Cover and heat for 5 to 7 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl combine the cottage cheese, ricotta cheese and 1 cup of the mozzarella cheese.
  6. Remove the sauce from the heat and stir in the cooked penne pasta.
  7. Transfer half of the pasta to baking dish. Evenly spread half of the cheese mixture on top. Then add the remaining pasta followed by the remaining cheese mixture. Sprinkle the remaining ½ cup mozzarella cheese on top.
  8. Bake uncovered for 18 to 20 minutes or until the cheese has melted.
  9. To serve, garnish with the parsley.

Nutrition Information

Per Serving: (1¼ cup)

Calories: 284

Fat: 7g

Carbohydrates: 44g

Fiber: 7g

Sugar 8g

Protein: 16g

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