Skinny Ham, Spinach &amp, Cheese Pasta Casserole

Ingredients

1⅓ cup dried whole grain penne pasta

1 (6 ounce) package fresh spinach

1 teaspoon olive oil

1 cup onions, chopped

2 tablespoons all purpose flour

1 teaspoon dry mustard

½ teaspoon ground black pepper

1 cup evaporated fat-free milk

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

3 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, grated

1 cup (4 ounces) ham, diced (you could use turkey ham)

2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, grated

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Coat a 9″ x 9″ baking dish with cooking spray. Set aside.

2. In a medium saucepan, cook pasta according to package directions. Place spinach in a large colander and set in the sink. Pour cooked pasta over spinach in colander; drain well. Set aside.

3. Place onions on a microwave safe plate and cooked in the microwave for about 2 minutes until soft. Heat 1 teaspoon oil in nonstick pan. Add onions and cook for a few minutes. Stir in flour, dry mustard, and pepper. Cook and stir for 1 minute. Gradually stir in evaporated milk. Cook and stir until slightly thickened. Continue to cook and stir for 1 more minute. Stir in cottage cheese and 3 tablespoons of the Parmesan. Mix until cheese is mostly melted. Gently stir in pasta/spinach and ham.

4. Add pasta mixture to baking pan. Sprinkle top with 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese. Bake, uncovered, about 10 minutes or until the top starts to brown.

5. Cool for at least 10 minutes to slightly set. Cut into 4 squares. Use a spatula to remove each serving.

Makes 4 servings (each serving, 1 slice)

Nutrition Facts

for 1 serving
262 calories
5g fat
2.5g sat fat
13mg chol
18g prot
31g carbs
4g fiber
627mg sodium
10g sugar

SmartPoints value : 8