Three Cheese Tomato and Spinach Tortellini Mac and Cheese Made Skinny

A guilt-free dream come true! This is not your kid’s mac and cheese. The very cheesy sauce includes three low-fat kinds of cheese. Once combined with the cooked cheese/spinach tortellini, it becomes a cheese lover’s delight! Each generous serving has 289 calories, 14 grams of fat, and 9 Blue WW Freestyle SmartPoints, and 9 Green.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Bake Time: 15 minutes


Ingredients

1 (10 oz) pkg. Buitoni Spinach & Ricotta Tortelloni, see shopping tips

2 tablespoons reduced-fat butter or Smart Balance Light

½ teaspoon dry mustard powder

¼ teaspoon garlic powder

A small dash of cayenne pepper, if desired

⅓ cup + 1 tablespoon reduced-fat milk

1¼ cups part-skim ricotta cheese or reduced-fat cottage cheese

1 cup light shredded cheese such as Mozzarella, cheddar, or a blend of cheeses

1 cup tomatoes, chopped (drain any liquid)

Salt and Black pepper, to taste

¼ cup light shredded cheese such as Mozzarella, cheddar, or a blend of cheeses

2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, grated



Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Coat a 9 x 9-inch baking dish with cooking spray. Set aside.

2. Cook tortellini according to package instructions.  Drain. Set aside.

3. To make cheese sauce:  In a large nonstick pan, melt butter. Using a whisk, mix in dry mustard powder, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper, if desired. Whisk in milk, ricotta cheese, and 1 cup shredded cheese. Season to taste with a little salt and pepper.

4. Using a rubber spatula so the tortellini doesn’t tear, stir in cooked tortellini and tomatoes. Mix well. Add to baking dish and spread evenly. Sprinkle with ¼ cup shredded cheese and the Parmesan cheese all over top of casserole. Bake in oven for about 15 minutes, until the cheeses are melted.

5. Cool slightly and cut into 6 servings. This casserole freezes great.

Makes 6 main-course servings.


Shopping Tips
I used Buitoni Spinach & Ricotta Tortelloni. It’s fresh pasta and found in the refrigerated pasta section of most supermarkets. It comes in a 10 oz and 20 oz pkg. If you buy the 20 oz, use half and freeze the rest for the next time you make it. Most supermarkets carry a few brands, such as Buitoni. You can also use three-cheese tortellini to substitute. I buy it at Trader Joe’s.


WW Freestyle SmartPoints 9Blue
WW SmartPoints 9Green
WW POINTS PLUS 8

SKINNY FACTS: for 1 serving
289 calories, 14g fat, 7g sat. fat, 51mg chol, 20g protein, 23g carbs, 1g fiber, 532mg sod, 2g sugar
 

If you make this recipe, let me know how you liked it. Leave me a comment below or give it a rating. Thanks so much. Happy Skinny Cooking!