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Pizza Parlor Pasta Recipe
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Pizza Parlor Pasta Recipe

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In Nashua, Iowa, Shelley Pimlott offers garlic bread and a tossed green salad alongside this cheesy dish. "It reminds me of a pasta specialty at a popular pizza parlor," she writes.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES:3 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES: 3 servings


  • 1 cup uncooked medium pasta shells
  • 1/3 pound bulk Italian sausage
  • 1/2 small onion, finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped green pepper
  • 1-1/3 cups spaghetti sauce
  • 1/3 cup 1% cottage cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1/2 cup shredded Colby-Monterey Jack cheese, divided
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

Nutritional Facts

One serving: 1 cup (prepared with turkey sausage and reduced-fat cheese) equals 448 calories, 18 g fat (8 g saturated fat), 57 mg cholesterol, 1277 mg sodium, 43 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 30 g protein.


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, crumble the sausage into a small skillet; add onion and green pepper. Cook over medium heat until meat is no longer pink. Stir in the spaghetti sauce, cottage cheese, 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese and 1/4 cup Colby-Monterey Jack cheese.
  2. Drain pasta; stir into sausage mixture. Transfer to a 1-qt. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle with remaining shredded cheeses. Top with Parmesan cheese.
  3. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 5-10 minutes or until cheese is melted. Yield: 3 servings.
Originally published as Pizza Parlor Pasta in Cooking for 2 Winter 2005, p29

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Reviewed Oct. 5, 2011

"Love this recipe. Tweaked it alittle by adding a few more vegetables to the sauce (fresh tomatoes and mushrooms), and added a little bacon that I had on hand. So quick and easy too."

Reviewed Jul. 18, 2010

"Nice small recipe to make, freeze and take in our motorhome."

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