Sinfully Rich and Skinny Macaroni & Cheese, Italian-Style


2 cups (8 ounces) dry Barilla Whole Grain Elbows pasta or penne, see shopping tips

1 (10 oz) container Buitoni Light Alfredo Sauce, see shopping tips

1 (9 oz) package frozen and thawed chopped spinach, well drained

1 cup fat-free cottage cheese or fat-free ricotta cheese

¼ cup fat-free milk

1 tablespoon reduced-fat butter or Smart Balance Light, melted

1 teaspoon fresh garlic, minced

¼ teaspoon dried basil

1 egg, I like using Egg-land’s Best eggs

A small dash of salt and black pepper, to taste

½ cup shredded (2%) reduced-fat mozzarella cheese


1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Coat a 9 x 9-inch baking dish with nonstick spray. You can use glass or metal.

2. Cook pasta. Cook for only 6 minutes so it will not be overcooked. No need to add salt to water! Drain and rinse in cold water. Drain again.

3. In a large bowl, whisk together Alfredo sauce, drained spinach, cottage cheese, milk, butter and garlic. Add pasta and mix really well. Blend in egg, basil, salt and pepper. Be sure it’s all mixed together well.

4.Transfer pasta to the prepared baking dish.

5. Sprinkle the top evenly with mozzarella cheese

6. Bake casserole 25 minutes until golden brown. Let casserole rest for 10
minutes. Cut into 6 serving. This casserole freezes great!

Makes 6 servings (about 1½ cups each)

Nutrition Facts

for 1 serving (about 1½ cups each)
293 calories
9g fat
5g sat fat
49mg chol
18g protein
36g carbs
5g fiber
593mg sodium
5g sugar

SmartPoints value : 9