Healthy Tuesday – Skillet Pasta Florentine

As I have said quite often, I try for one to two days a week of meatless meals.  Not only is it healthier for us but will hopefully help my husband’s blood pressure come down in addition to all we are doing.  I sometimes though have the hardest time finding meatless meals.  Today I am sharing the meatless meal we made last night and turned out actually pretty tasty and filling while being healthy & meatless – bonus points!

I found the following recipe in Taste of Home: Comfort Food Diet 2011.

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Skillet Pasta Florentine

serves: 6

  • 3 cups uncooked spiral pasta
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 cups (16 ounces) 2% cottage cheese
  • 1-1/2 cups reduced-fat ricotta cheese
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded park-skim mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1 teaspoon each dried parsley flakes, oregano, and basil
  • 1 jar (14 ounces) meatless spaghetti sauce
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • Cook pasta according to package directions.  Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine the egg, cottage cheese, ricotta, spinach, 1/2 cup mozzarella, and herbs.
  • Drain pasta.  Place half of sauce in a large skillet; layer with pasta and remaining sauce.  Top with cheese mixture.
  • Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat; cover and cook for 25-30 minutes or until a thermometer reads 160°.
  • Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and remaining mozzarella cheese; cover and cook 5 minutes longer or until cheese is melted.  Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Facts:  1 serving equals 383 calories, 9 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 73 mg cholesterol, 775 mg sodium, 47 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 27 g protein.

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