CATEGORY: Main Dish
TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 1 hour
1 pound ground beef
1/4 cup chopped onion
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper, divided
1 pound medium pasta shells, cooked and drained
4 cups (24 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided
3 cups (24 ounces) 4% cottage cheese
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons dried parsley flakes
1 jar (26 ounces) meatless spaghetti sauce
In a large skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Sprinkle with salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper; set aside.
In a large bowl, combine the pasta, 3 cups mozzarella cheese, cottage cheese, eggs, Parmesan cheese, parsley and remaining pepper; stir gently. Pour into a greased shallow 3-qt. baking dish. Top with beef mixture and spaghetti sauce (dish will be full).
Cover and bake at 350° for 45 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining mozzarella cheese. Bake, uncovered, for 15 minutes or until the cheese is melted and bubbly. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving. Yield: 6-8 servings.