Three-Cheese Penne

Three-Cheese Penne

Three-Cheese Penne

This contemporary version of an old favorite is a rich source of calcium. Just one serving has 46% of the RDA of calcium.


Makes 6 servings


2 cups uncooked penne pasta
Nonstick cooking spray
2 slices whole wheat bread, cut into cubes
2 cups fat-free cottage cheese
2 cups (8 ounces) shredded reduced-fat Cheddar cheese
1 cup chopped plum tomatoes, divided
1/3 cup sliced green onions
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup reduced-fat (2%) milk


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt. Drain and rinse well under cold water until pasta is cool; drain well.
  2. Spray large nonstick skillet with cooking spray; heat over medium heat until hot. Place bread cubes in skillet; spray bread cubes lightly with cooking spray. Cook and stir 5 minutes or until bread cubes are browned and crisp.
  3. Preheat oven to 350°F. Combine pasta, cottage cheese, Cheddar cheese, 3/4 cup tomatoes, green onions, Parmesan cheese and milk in medium bowl. Spray 2-quart casserole with nonstick cooking spray. Place pasta mixture in casserole. Top with remaining 1/4 cup tomatoes and cooled bread cubes.
  4. Bake 20 minutes or until heated through.

Nutritional Information

Serving Size: 1-1/3 cups penne
Calories 345
Calories from Fat 24 %
Total Fat 9 g
Saturated Fat 5 g
Cholesterol 34 mg
Carbohydrate 36 g
Fiber 1 g
Protein 30 g
Sodium 628 mg

Dietary Exchange

Starch 2-1/2
Vegetable 1/2
Meat 3

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