By the_cookie_lady on January 06, 2009
Photo by thistlechick
Photo by thistlechick
"This claims to be a lower calorie version of a simple baked macaroni and cheese. The eggs in this dish are what make it more like a pie. The recipe in the book is actually called "Low Calorie Pastiere." Recipe from a Boston, Massachusetts community cookbook entitled "The North End Union Italian Cookbook.""
Serving Size: 1 (221 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 6
"This was even better than I thought it would be. It's delicious comfort food that doesn't seem low cal. I didn't have fresh parsley so I skipped parsley. Also I added 1/4 tsp nutmeg and would definitely do that again. I had a huge container of cottage cheese so I wasn't sure how much 1 lb would be -- it's approximately 2 cups."
"We really enjoyed this recipe! It was tasty and very filling. I used freshly grated pecorino romano cheese and I replaced the parsley with nutmeg. I also put some grated mozzarella over the top 10 minutes before the end of cooking. We'll definitely make this again, perhaps adding some chicken and vegetables to make a complete meal. Thank you!"
"I really, really enjoyed this recipe. This is the perfect comfort food for pasta lovers! Comes out creamy and delicious. I would have to say that with a recipe such as this that has so few ingredients, it's all about the quality of what you're using. My Italian grandmother instilled in me to use the finest cheeses and olive oil that money can buy in all recipes. I used freshly grated Locatelli pecorino romano in this recipe and it came out amazing. I would imagine a cheap parmesan would ruin this, so don't skip on the quality ingredients. I loved the fresh parsley in this as well, but I would say that when I first tasted this, I felt something was missing. As I continued to eat it, I realized that what I was missing was a little bit of butter. I like to cook healthy so I appreciate that butter is left out of this, but if I was to make it for company, I would dice some butter into tiny bits and mix them in, the same way I do with my homemade mac and cheese. For myself though I would make this as is to keep it healthy. Thanks for the great recipe!!"
"Pretty good! Was looking for a recipe to use up some cottage cheese I had. Normally not a fan of it, but this makes me like it!
I halved the recipe, and did some substitutions: I ran just a tad be short of two cups cottage cheese, so I added some low fat ricotta. I also added some nutmeg, and I didn't cook the noodles all the way in case they'd get soggy in the oven. I probably should have cooked the noodles more, as it was a bit dry. I'll probably use another egg as well- I was using Eggland eggs, which run a bit smaller than regular eggs. I also sprinkled some pizza cheese on top (didn't have any other type handy) just to hedge my bets taste-wise. Pretty good for a low-cal! I'll try this again!"
"I forgot to put in the parsley, but I did sprinkle the top with some shredded cheddar, which gave it just the right amount of saltiness."
"This was great. I added some turkey sausage to up the protein. I used whole wheat elbows to up the fiber. I used low fat cottage cheese to lower the fat a bit. I would also say this could easily serve eight if you had a salad or some fresh veggies on the side. We will make this again. Thanks!"