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Four-Cheese Baked Penne

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


  • 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 2% cottage cheese
  • 1-1/4 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese


  • Cook penne according to package directions.
  • 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.
  • Preheat oven to 400°. Drain penne; add to sauce. Stir in cottage cheese, 1/2 cup mozzarella and all of the ricotta. Transfer to a 13x9-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Top with Parmesan cheese and remaining mozzarella.
  • Bake, uncovered, 20-25 minutes or until bubbly.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/3 cups: 523 calories, 12g fat (6g saturated fat), 37mg cholesterol, 682mg sodium, 72g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 11g fiber), 32g protein.

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  • mmbreen
    May 29, 2013

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  • tica13
    Aug 19, 2012

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  • cheeriogirl
    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.

  • shm2969
    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.

  • sweet-t00th17
    Dec 11, 2011

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  • FitnessLovingMom
    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.

  • revjoannrom828
    Sep 12, 2011

    <p>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.</p>

  • danid
    Aug 26, 2011

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

  • dawnrosanne
    Aug 21, 2011

    This is soooooooo good! I liked how it had a little zip to it due to the red pepper flakes. I did make one change: instead of the 1 cup of ricotta, I used 4 oz. of cottage cheese and 4 oz. of plain yogurt. It turned out really good! Great comfort food; meatless, too.