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Double-Cheese Ziti with Bacon Recipe

Double-Cheese Ziti with Bacon Recipe

—Sabrina DeWitt, Cumberland, Maryland
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 25 min. YIELD:12 servings


  • 1 package (16 ounces) ziti or small tube pasta
  • 3 cups (24 ounces) 4% cottage cheese
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon butter, divided
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 3 cups half-and-half cream
  • 1 cup milk
  • 4 cups (16 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup crumbled cooked bacon, divided
  • 1/3 cup dry bread crumbs


  • 1. Preheat oven to 400°. Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, place cottage cheese in a food processor; cover and process until smooth. Set aside.
  • 2. In a large saucepan, melt 1/2 cup butter. Stir in flour, salt, pepper and garlic salt until smooth. Gradually add cream and milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir 2 minutes or until thickened.
  • 3. Drain macaroni; transfer to a large bowl. Add cheddar cheese, cottage cheese, white sauce and 3/4 cup bacon; toss to coat. Transfer to a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. (Dish will be full.) Melt remaining butter. Add bread crumbs; toss to coat. Sprinkle over casserole.
  • 4. Bake, uncovered, 20 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining bacon. Bake 5 minutes or until bubbly. Yield: 12 servings (1 cup each).

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 666 calories, 35g fat (23g saturated fat), 136mg cholesterol, 1486mg sodium, 47g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 1g fiber), 37g protein .

Reviews for Double-Cheese Ziti with Bacon

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Reviewed Aug. 21, 2015

"I have made this dish several times for company, and everyone loves it. My young boys eat it up! I've found using brick cheddar you grate at home yields better texture and flavor than preshredded. This dish is a staple around our house."

Reviewed Dec. 10, 2013

"Made as is - a big hit with the family!"

Reviewed Sep. 17, 2012

"Very good, easy to make and great flavor. My family loved this recipe!"

Reviewed Apr. 9, 2012

"Add a little more garlic salt, and it's good to go! I agree with not bothering to puree the cottage cheese, and the only pasta I had on-hand was elbow macaroni. . . it still worked out great! :)"

Reviewed Apr. 8, 2012

"Add a little more garlic salt, and it's good to go! I agree with not bothering to puree the cottage cheese, and the only pasta I had on-hand was elbow macaroni. . . it still worked out great! :)"

Reviewed Nov. 3, 2011

"I loved this dish! It was so creamy and delicious. I didn't process the cottage cheese and used turkey bacon, but otherwise followed the recipe."

D. Scirocco
Reviewed Oct. 25, 2011

"Although this dish looked lovely coming out of my oven, it was quite bland in flavor. As a family we don't salt our food, once brought to the table and therefore I was a bit surprised it was so bland for our taste-buds. I followed the recipe to a tee, but it didn't work for us."

Reviewed Oct. 24, 2011

"Family loved this, def. will make again!"

Reviewed Oct. 12, 2011

"I didn't think this was a lot of work.Very yummy!Also,I used ricotta instead of cottage cheese.Also,I was taught by my Italian Noni that when you make white sauce(Bechamel) put just a pinch of nutmeg.I mean just a little pinch.If you can taste the nutmeg then you put too much.That little pinch makes a big difference!Also make sure the bacon is crispy.It makes for a nice balance of texture.Very tasty dish!"

Reviewed Oct. 6, 2011

"Made this tonight for dinner. It was pretty good, but seemed like kind of a lot of work for an average dish. No need to puree the cottage cheese (I did not, and there were no visible signs of cottage cheese once the dish was cooked). I used garlic bread crumbs (pre-made) and also used pre-cooked crumbled bacon (from Costco), which I did not like much in the dish. Added a good smokey flavor, but the bits were too chewy in between the soft noodles. This might be good with shredded chicken, I may try it again with it."

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