Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 35 mins

This version of this popular dish is so easy, made with common ingredients and everyone loves it! From the "Lone Star Cookbook 1997-98", Aggie Moms Club, Texarkana TX.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Chop the onion and green pepper.
  2. Cook pastas together; drain well.
  3. Saute beef, onion, and green pepper until beef is no longer pink and vegetables are soft. Add the pepperoni and heat thoroughly. Drain excess grease.
  4. Add spaghetti sauce and simmer 5 minutes.
  5. Spray a 3-qt casserole with cooking spray. Put 1/2 of the pasta in the casserole. Spoon 1/2 of the meat sauce mixture over the pasta. Spoon the container of cottage cheese over the sauce. Sprinkle with 1/2 of the mozzarella cheese.
  6. Top with the remaining pasta, then sauce, then mozzarella cheese.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes.


Most Helpful

I'm use to making cavatini with an alfredo sauce, but this version is just as yummy. I use Dreamfield pasta (diabetic friendly) so I am limited in the shapes I can use. I used penne pasta, macaroni and rotini...other than that I followed the directions as posted. This dish tasted almost like lasagna without all the hassles of laying out the lasagna noodles. Made for PAC Spring 2013.

Crafty Lady 13 March 31, 2013

This was a nice surprise, and really flavorful. Initially, I thought there might be a mistake, as a total o f 1-1/2 cups of pasta didn't seem like all that much, and it's really not. However, it ended up being about the right amount when combined with the meat sauce, although I would say you could get away with another cup or so. I made this exactly as posted, though, including the cottage cheese, which I have never used in Italian cooking before (I was raised with ricotta). I was pleasantly surprised at how light the cottage cheese was. This went together fairly quickly and the result was a delicious meal. Maybe I have an unusually large appetite, but I would say this would serve no more than 4. However, I think that, in the future, I will happily double this recipe. Thanks for sharing! Made for Aussie/NZ Swap #66.

JackieOhNo! July 10, 2012

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