Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Clean Crock Pot Ziti

I love pasta more than anything in the world. In fact, I would say it is my largest weakness. Meals like this one shouldn't be eaten more than once a week because there is so much cheese and grains in it, especially when you're trying to lose weight.

Crockpot Ziti
•1 (1 lb. 7.8 oz.) jar marinara (no sugar added) 
•3 cups penne shells (whole grain, dry)
•2 cups fat free cottage cheese
•2 cups skim mozzarella cheese, shredded
•1 large zucchini (1/4” slices)
•Italian seasoning to taste
•1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1.In a large mixing bowl combine cottage cheese, mozzarella, oregano, basil and black pepper. In the Crock Pot, spoon 1/4 of marinara onto the bottom, add 1 cup penne shells, 1/3 of zucchini slices and top with 1 cup cheese mixture. Repeat until you have 3 layers. Top off with the remaining marinara and lastly, cheese.
2.Note: Keep penne shells and cheese away from the edges by about 1”. Pasta tends to get hard and cheese burns if allowed to touch the sides while cooking.
3.Cover and cook on low for approximately 2 hours or until penne noodles are Al Dente (firm but not hard). Allow to cool for 15 minutes before serving.

Makes 13 servings: 1 serving=3/4 cup

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