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Double-Cheese Ziti with Bacon

—Sabrina DeWitt, Cumberland, Maryland
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 25 min.
  • Makes
    12 servings (1 cup each)

Ingredients

  • 1 package (16 ounces) ziti or small tube pasta
  • 3 cups Daisy 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 whole milk
  • 4 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup crumbled cooked bacon, divided
  • 1/3 cup dry bread crumbs

Directions

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Bake, uncovered, 20 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining bacon. Bake 5 minutes or until bubbly.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 666 calories, 35g fat (23g saturated fat), 136mg cholesterol, 1486mg sodium, 47g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 1g fiber), 37g protein.

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  • PrplMonky5
    Apr 9, 2017

    I cut this recipe into a 1/3rd so that it was enough for my husband and me for dinner. I used fat free cottage cheese and also didn't puree it. I still saw a bit in the finished product but I couldn't taste it. I didn't quite have enough half and half so I just supplemented with a bit more milk. Seemed to turn out fine! This dish was VERY cheesy. Much more than I expected! We loved the bacon. I think next time I'll add in some kind of vegetable to make it a more complete meal and add a bit more crunch (maybe some broccoli or bell peppers). I also doubled the amount of bread crumb mixture since it didn't seem like nearly enough. I used Italian bread crumbs. Overall a very good dish, but be warned that it was thick and rich. I'd definitely make this again with some added veggies.

  • Villette
    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.

  • foleyd
    Dec 10, 2013

    Made as is - a big hit with the family!

  • JenfromFlag
    Sep 17, 2012

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

  • pjgirl10
    Jul 14, 2012

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  • jverne
    Jun 4, 2012

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  • JessicaRae
    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! :)

  • JessicaRae
    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! :)

  • CaseynBentley
    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
    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.