Creamy Pasta with Florets Recipe

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"Cottage cheese is the surprising base for the wonderfully creamy sauce that coats the pasta and veggies in this side dish," notes Barbara Toher of Lexington, Kentucky. "My husband, who doesn't like to compromise good taste for low-fat foods, didn't even realize this dish was lower in fat."
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1 cup (8 ounces) 1% cottage cheese
  • 1/2 cup 1% milk
  • 1/4 cup reduced-fat sour cream
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 5 cups broccoli florets
  • 4 cups cauliflowerets
  • 4 ounces uncooked angel hair pasta
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2-1/2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 151 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 7mg cholesterol, 357mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 2g fiber), 11g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 meat, 1 vegetable.


  1. In a blender or food processor, combine the cottage cheese, milk, sour cream, Parmesan cheese, salt and cayenne; cover and process until smooth. Set aside.
  2. In a saucepan, bring 1 in. of water to a boil; place broccoli and cauliflower in a steamer basket over water. Cover and steam for 3-4 minutes or until crisp-tender. Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package directions; drain.
  3. In a large nonstick skillet, saute garlic in oil for 2 minutes. Add mushrooms; saute 5 minutes longer. Stir in the broccoli, cauliflower, pasta and cottage cheese mixture; heat through. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Creamy Pasta with Florets in Light & Tasty August/September 2001, p49

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.

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Laura Kurella User ID: 6835013 49087
Reviewed Aug. 27, 2012

"This is a wonderful recipe for back-to-school because its super easy to create, has the gooey cheesy factor kids and adults both love but its created using healthier ingredients and.... you can swap out different veggies - replace mushrooms with steamed carrots for example - and you can add diced chicken or ham to turn this into a complete one-dish dinner the whole family will just love- It's that simple!"

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