Cottage cheese lends a tanginess to the cheddar cheese sauce in this rendition of the well-loved side dish casserole. A Parmesan and crumb topping further enhances the cheesiness.

Source: Family Circle

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
bake:
25 mins to 30 mins at 350°
stand:
10 mins
cook:
5 mins
Servings:
6
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Heat oven to 350 F. Coat a 2-1/2- or 3-quart baking dish or six 10- to 12-ounce ramekins with nonstick cooking spray.

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  • Cook pasta following package directions. Drain and return to the pot.

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  • While the pasta cooks, combine milk and flour in a medium-size saucepan and whisk until smooth. Cook over medium heat, whisking constantly, until mixture comes to a boil and thickens slightly. Remove from heat and add cheddar cheese, whisking until smooth. Whisk in cottage cheese, dry mustard, cayenne and salt.

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  • Stir cheese sauce into pasta. Gently fold in spinach in two additions.

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  • Spoon mixture into the prepared baking dish. Stir together breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese. Sprinkle on top.

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  • Bake at 350 F for 25 to 30 minutes for large dish, 20 minutes for ramekins or until heated through. Remove from oven; let stand for 10 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Facts

379 calories; total fat 8g; saturated fat 4g; cholesterol 24mg; sodium 577mg; carbohydrates 53g; fiber 3g; protein 24g.

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