Friday, December 10, 2010

Cottage Cheese, Veggie and Bacon Pasta Dish

Another of my experiment with dinner dishes!
I think this would also be great omitting the bacon and making it a vegetarian dish!

8 oz dried penne pasta
4 slices bacon
1 medium zucchini, shredded
1 medium carrot, shredded
1-14.5 oz can diced tomatoes(partially drained) or 2 medium fresh, diced
1 cup cottage cheese
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp dried parsley
salt and pepper to taste
4 oz baby spinach
1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese

Chop bacon into small pieces and fry until crisp, drain on paper towels.

Boil pasta according to package directions.
 While the pasta is boiling place baby spinach in a colander and rinse(leave in the colander to drain)

In a large bowl mix veggies, cottage cheese, bacon,  herbs salt and pepper. Mix well.

Drain pasta on top of the spinach to wilt it.

Mix pasta and spinach into the cottage cheese mixture. Toss to coat

Lightly spray a casserole dish with cooking spray and add the pasta mixture(note my pictures the spinach looks "fresh" I decided that I did not add enough at first and added in extra but did not wilt it first)

Top with parmesan. Cover with foil and bake @ 350 for 30 minutes, uncover and bake 5 minutes more.

Also great served Cold!

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