Sunday, November 18, 2012

Skinny Beef Mac & Cheese

As you guys know, Im a Sunday dinner nut.  I dont care if Im cooking for a group or for only myself, I love to make a pretty big meal on Sundays.  With it being as cold as it's been lately, I took the opportunity to make something warm & hearty with a low calorie count.  Also, a note : this recipe calls for light alfredo sauce & I forgot to put it on my list (like a brainiac!) so, I used the light spaghetti sauce I had in my fridge.

Recipe from Skinny Kitchen dot com
Yields 6 servings
277 calories per serving

6 oz whole wheat penne
1/2 lb lean ground beef
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 c zucchini, chopped
1 c onion, chopped
10 oz light alfredo or red sauce
1/2 c fat-free cottage cheese
1 c grape tomatoes, sliced in half
Black pepper, to taste
1/2 c reduced fat shredded cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 350.
Spray a casserole dish with cooking spray.
Cook pasta according to box directions & drain.

In a large skillet, cook & break up ground beef over medium-high heat for 5 minutes.
Stir in fresh garlic & continue to cook for 2 minutes (or until beef is browned).

In the meantime, place zucchini & onion in a microwave safe bowl.
Cook in the microwave for 4 minutes, until soft.
Add to pan of beef.
Stir in cooked pasta, sauce, cottage cheese, tomato, & season with pepper.
Mix well & spoon into prepared dish.

Sprinkle cheese over top of casserole.

Bake for 20 - 25 minutes.

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