June 8, 2008

Scrumptious Sunday: Pasta

Scrumptious Sunday: Pasta
Hosted by Mercedes Rocks

Vegetable Mac & Cheese

1 1/2 cups dried tubular pasta, such as elbow macaroni
3 medium carrots, peeled and cut diagonally into 1/4-inch slices
10 oz. of frozen or fresh broccoli, stems sliced, florets separated
1/2 cup frozen peas, thawed
1 cup low-fat plain cottage cheese
1 tbsp. Dijon mustard (country style)
1/4 tsp. Tabasco sauce
Salt and pepper to taste
4 to 8 oz. sharp cheddar cheese, coarsely shredded (depends on how cheesy you want it)
4 oz. part-skim mozzarella cheese, coarsely shredded
1 tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese

Heat the oven to 400 degrees. Grease a 2-quart baking dish with cooking spray or margarine.
Cook the pasta in a large saucepan of boiling salted water for 4 minutes. Stir in the carrots and cook for 2 minutes. Then add the broccoli and cook for 2 minutes more. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup of the cooking liquid, and return the pasta and vegetables to the saucepan. Stir in the peas.

In a food processor, combine the cottage cheese with the reserved liquid from the cooked pasta. Add the mustard, Tabasco sauce, salt and pepper and blend until smooth. Stir into the pasta and vegetables. Mix in the cheddar and mozzarella and pour into the baking dish. Sprinkle with Parmesan. Bake uncovered until the top is golden brown (about 20 to 25 minutes), then let it set for 10 minutes to firm up. Serves 4. Note: This dish can be prepared a day before it is baked.


  1. This sounds great-veggies with mac and cheese-yummy! That is how I like my veggies-lol! Thanks for sharing!
    Chicken and Cheese Baked Pasta at my place!

    Have a great day!

  2. This sounds great! What better way to get your veggies!

  3. Sounds yummy to me, and a good way to do the meatless nights we need to start around here for husband's and my diet.
    Mine is posted @ The Cafe.

  4. You are so good to make it healthy for us. ;-)

  5. Thanks for visiting everyone! Enjoy your day.


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