This is an easy, yummy recipe that evolved over time. Plus its only one dish, which makes cleanup easy.
16oz box of ziti, penne, or rigatoni
One green pepper
8oz of cottage cheese
8oz neufchatel cream cheese
32oz jar of your favorite pasta sauce (we prefer Michaels of Brooklyn’s Home Style Gravy)
4oz of low fat shredded mozzarella (1/2 a package)
Pam or olive oil cooking spray
And for this recipe, I use a 3Qt. pyrex glass rectangular baking dish
Step 1: Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook as per the box instructions (usually around 11 minutes).
Step 2: Place the Neufchatel cheese (still in the wrapper) near the pasta pot to help soften it to make it easier for mixing later.
Step 3: Slice a medium sized onion into chunks.
Step 4: Remove the seeds from the green pepper and cut in to small chunks.
Step 5: Lightly spray the inside of the baking dish with Pam.
Step 6: When the pasta is done cooking, drain it and then add to the pyrex dish.
Step 5: Mix the pasta with the peppers and onions.
Step 6: Mix in the cottage cheese, and remove the wrapper from the Neufchatel cheese to add it as well.
Step 7: Once thoroughly mixed, pour the pasta sauce over the top. Mix it to make sure it is evenly distributed throughout the dish.
Step 8: Sprinkle the top with the shredded low-fat mozzarella cheese.
Step 9: Cover with foil and bake at 350F for 30 minutes. Remove the foil for the last 10 minutes.
Kris Delaney is a marketing executive, foodie, travel enthusiast, and book nerd based in Atlanta, GA.