Here’s a good recipe as the days grow shorter and more refreshing. A delicious and simple vegetarian pasta to spruce up your meat-free Mondays – or any day of the week. It weighs in at less than 500 calories per serving.
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- 1 box whole wheat penne pasta, uncooked, 14.5 oz
- 1 package reduced fat cream cheese 8 oz.
- 1½ to 2 cups marinara sauce
- 1 can seasoned diced tomatoes, 28 oz.
- 2 cups low-fat Mozzarella cheese, shredded
- ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain. Add cream cheese and stir until melted.
- Fold in marinara sauce and canned tomatoes. Pour into a rectangular 9 x 13-inch baking dish. Top with mozzarella and Parmesan cheese.
- Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until cheese is melted and golden brown.
This dish probably serves about 8 so go easy on the carbohydrate dense servings. Try less pasta and/or gluten-free for an even cleaner version.