Cheesy Spinach Baked Penne — Most Popular Pin of the Week

A mixture of low-fat cheeses lightens up this flavorful pasta. Use frozen spinach for a convenient vegetable add-in.

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Imagine that your most-decadent, cheesy pasta dreams are given a bit of a healthy makeover. In this week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week, Food Network Kitchen makes a healthier ricotta alternative by combining low-fat cottage cheese with part-skim mozzarella and Parmesan. The end result: a delicious baked penne that packs a similar punch in flavor, comfort and texture to ricotta. Make an easy tomato sauce — flavored with basil, garlic and a hint of fennel — then add frozen spinach to the cheese mixture to get a helping of veggies. Top this all-in-one meal with additional cheese before baking to ensure a bubbly, golden crust.

For more healthy recipes, check out Food Network’s Let’s Get Healthy Board on Pinterest.

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