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Four-Cheese Baked Penne Recipe
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Four-Cheese Baked Penne Recipe

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This cheesy pasta dish is comforting, hearty, delicious and—surprise!—meatless. Filling whole grains, low-fat protein and a touch of heat make this recipe a keeper! Serve with a salad and crusty bread. —Janet Elrod, Newnan, Georgia
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + cooling Bake: 20 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + cooling Bake: 20 min.
MAKES: 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 cups uncooked whole wheat penne pasta
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 can (15 ounces) crushed tomatoes
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh parsley or 1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1-1/2 cups (12 ounces) 2% cottage cheese
  • 1-1/4 cups (5 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Nutritional Facts

1-1/3 cups equals 523 calories, 12 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 37 mg cholesterol, 682 mg sodium, 72 g carbohydrate, 11 g fiber, 32 g protein.

Directions

  1. Cook penne according to package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, saute onion in oil until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in the tomatoes, tomato sauce, parsley, oregano, rosemary, pepper flakes and pepper. Bring to a boil. Remove from the heat; cool for 15 minutes.
  3. Drain penne; add to sauce. Stir in the cottage cheese, 1/2 cup mozzarella and all of the ricotta. Transfer to a 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Top with Parmesan cheese and remaining mozzarella.
  4. Bake, uncovered, at 400° for 20-25 minutes or until bubbly. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Four-Cheese Baked Penne in Healthy Cooking August/September 2011, p33

Nutritional Facts

1-1/3 cups equals 523 calories, 12 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 37 mg cholesterol, 682 mg sodium, 72 g carbohydrate, 11 g fiber, 32 g protein.

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.

Reviews for Four-Cheese Baked Penne

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Reviewed Jan. 15, 2012

Oh--how I wish I had read the reviews before I made this. I did NOT care for the rosemary in this dish. Otherwise, it was okay. Won't bother with it again.

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Reviewed Dec. 12, 2011

I am shocked this recipe is getting good reviews. Once its cooked its very dry and really has no flavor other than the rosemary which def does not fit into the flavor. I want to pour a jar of spag sauce on it to make it worth eating. Throwing out leftovers...that bad.

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Reviewed Oct. 13, 2011

This was very tasty and cheesy. it was no saucy and a bit dry, I will add some of my low cal. pasta sauce next time, but the flavor is very good. I may leave the rosemary out as wel next timel, as it is an italian dish.

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Reviewed Sep. 12, 2011

Don't put the rosemary. I love rosemary, but I'm an old fashioned Italian and the rosemary didn't go with this dish. But it was excellent. I used baby shells and because I didn't have cottage cheese, plus my family doesn't like cottage cheese I used all ricotta cheese. It seemed a little dry, but I just added more sauce to it. It is a very good meal.  I also added a bag of thawed frozen chopped broccoli, which gave it a little moisture and really added a nice taste to the dish.

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Reviewed Aug. 26, 2011

I thought this was excellent but didnt' care for it as leftovers though.

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