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Three Cheese Penne Florentine

For dinner tonight it was a meatless meal, as it's our pescatarian week. I've been enjoying a lot of spinach lately so I had to incorporate it into dinner as well. The recipe below is from SparkPeople.com. It's a great site to get some healthier recipes and nutritional values are reflected, making it easy to figure out WW points! And if you haven't yet, definitely give the homemade cream of chicken soup a try. It will prevent you from using the stuff in the cans filled with misc ingredients... ::shudder::

Three Cheese Penne Florentine
recipe adapted from Sparkpeople.com

1 T olive oil
1 C chopped onion
1 C chopped red bell pepper
3 C chopped fresh spinach
1 T chopped fresh oregano
¼ t black pepper
1 16 oz carton 1% cottage cheese
4 C hot cooked penne (about 8 oz)
1 C shredded reduced fat mozzarella cheese, divided
½ C Parmesan cheese, divided
½ C 1% milk
1 cup homemade cream of chicken or vegetable soup


Saute onion and bell pepper in oil 4 minutes.

Add spinach, oregano, and pepper. Saute 3 minutes.

Place cottage cheese in food processor until smooth.

Combine spinach mixture, cottage cheese, pasta, 1/2 of the mozzarella cheese, half of the parmesan cheese, milk and soup in a large bowl.

Spoon into a 2 qt casserole sprayed with Pam. Sprinkle with remaining cheeses.

Bake at 425 degrees for 25 minutes.

* The original recipe called for chicken, which I omitted tonight.

Weight Watchers Point Value = 6 points
I'm also submitting this to Maryann's Festa Italiana blogging event! She's hosting a delicious gathering of Italian dishes so be sure to check out her blog around March 9th for the tasty round up!

18 comments

  1. YUMMY! I tried a similar recipe awhile ago but it was from Rachael Ray and you know her recipes are always loaded with calories. I'll have to give this one a try.

    Was the cottage cheese obvious after being processed? I *HATE* cottage cheese but I guess I could sub ricotta or something. Hmm.

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  2. That looks awesome! I love florentine pasta!

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  3. Way to sneak in the spinach. I do that to my husband...but he picks it out...boo. :)

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  4. This looks very yummy, we love pasta and are always looking for new recipes

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  5. This looks fantastic! I'm still a holdout on the cottage cheese in Italian dishes thing, but a skim ricotta shouldn't be too much worse, right?

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  6. This looks great and I can't believe it's good for you!

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  7. Looks great - I love the crispy pieces of pasta on top!

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  8. It looks like a very rich pasta dish but the ingredients say 'healthy'! Great recipe!

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  9. This looks so yummy and I love that it's not that unhealthy!

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  10. this looks great. Im always looking for a meatless, hearty meal to serve. Ill be bookmarking this one.

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  11. This looks so good. Can't wait to try it.

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  12. That looks SO good! What a great recipe!

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  13. This looks so delicious! I love cheese, and I love pasta, so this will be a must for me to try!

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  14. Your photos are making my mouth water! I wish my dad would get home so we can eat-- I am starving now :)

    PS I am visiting my parents, I don't live with them :)

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  15. This looks delicious! Thanks so much for joining us at the festa! :)

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  16. Not only does it look good, it's good for us too! Thanks so much for joining us!!

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  17. Oh I am loving this dish .. bookmarked for a future supper.

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  18. Looks delicious and sure kids LOVE it!! I also like to make penne with spaghetti sauce and pepperoni.

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