Creamy Pasta and Cheese

This is the macaroni and cheese recipe I grew up on — creamy sauce, chewy pasta, and plenty of cheese. It always felt like a special treat to us.


  • 12 lb whole wheat pasta
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 3 tomato, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, pressed
  • 6 oz package baby spinach
  • 1 cup fat-free ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup fat free mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 12 tsp salt


  1. Cook the pasta according to package directions; drain but reserve 1/4 cup or so of the cooking liquid.
  2. While the pasta is cooking start preparing the sauce.
  3. In a large skillet heat the oil over medium high heat. Add tomatoes and garlic to skillet; cook, stirring frequently for 2 -3 minutes or until tomatoes are softened.
  4. Stir in spinach in batches; stirring until wilted. Add the cooked pasta, reserved cooking liquid, cheeses and salt. Cook, stirring frequently until cheese is melted.
  5. Per serving: 9 SmartPoints; 8 PointsPlus; 7 POINTS (old)

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