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Pizza Parlor Pasta

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 25 min.


3 servings

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.


  • 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


  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.

Nutrition Facts

1 cup: 448 calories, 18g fat (8g saturated fat), 57mg cholesterol, 1277mg sodium, 43g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 3g fiber), 30g protein.

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