Penne Rigate Pasta With Cottage Cheese and Spinach

Updated on January 22, 2020
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Cholee is a stay-at-home mom who enjoys creating family and budget-friendly recipes from scratch.

Finished penne rigate with cottage cheese and spinach.
Finished penne rigate with cottage cheese and spinach. | Source

This pasta recipe is super easy and fast to make. Perfect for families or individuals alike, this pasta dish will be a great addition to any dinner menu. With the blend of textures, flavors, and colors, this pasta dish is not only pleasing to the eye, but also to the taste buds. No one will be able to resist the temptations of this delicious pasta dish.

For busy families who do not have the time to cook or don't have the skill to make fancy dinners, this pasta dish is ready in just about 30 minutes and looks like you spent hours making it. Your family will appreciate the meal and you can enjoy more time with your family knowing that you spent little time creating a great meal for the family to enjoy.

Healthy does not have to be just for adults. With this pasta, it is easy to disguise healthy spinach and still keep its nutritional value. This dish is the perfect opportunity to sneak spinach into your child's diet, or for adding color and flavor to your meals. With the addition of cottage cheese, you get a nice texture added to your pasta with a light flavor.

5 stars from 1 rating of Penne Rigate with cottage cheese and spinach

Cook Time:

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 25 min
Ready in: 30 min
Yields: Serves 5 to 6 people


  • 1 Box Penne Rigate, (or your favorite boxed pasta)
  • 1 cup Spinach
  • 1 cup Cottage Cheese
  • Dash of Salt, Oregano, and Garlic
  • 1 Jar of Three Cheese Pasta Sauce
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Boiling Water.Pasta ready to be drained.Drained pasta ready for other ingredients.Pasta, cottage cheese, and spinach ready for stirring.Pasta ready for plating.
Boiling Water.
Boiling Water. | Source
Pasta ready to be drained.
Pasta ready to be drained. | Source
Drained pasta ready for other ingredients.
Drained pasta ready for other ingredients. | Source
Pasta, cottage cheese, and spinach ready for stirring.
Pasta, cottage cheese, and spinach ready for stirring. | Source
Pasta ready for plating.
Pasta ready for plating. | Source


  1. Bring water and salt to a rapid boil (The addition of salt not only adds flavor but it keeps your pasta from getting too sticky).
  2. Add noodles and boil 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and drain well (If using frozen spinach, use a second pot to boil or wait until noodles are done).
  3. If using fresh spinach chop them now, while the noodles are cooking.
  4. Add noodles back to the pot and add cottage cheese, spinach, and spices.
  5. Stir together and serve.

This pasta pairs great with garlic toast. A quick and easy way to make garlic toast and keep the kids involved in cooking is to buy a form of butter split top bread and put it in the toaster. When it pops up, spread it with butter and a little garlic salt and you are good to go. Making garlic toast this way saves you on time, but it also allows the kids to help with preparing dinner, without the risk of injury.

For a variation on this pasta, you can change the penne rigate to your favorite pasta shape or change the sauce. I prefer three cheese because I like the way the flavor of the sauce blends with the flavors of the spinach and cottage cheese. Other good sauces would be tomato, basil, and garlic; fresh mushroom; or flavored with meat.

On days that I have chicken breasts available, I like to add seasoned grilled chicken breasts. The chicken keeps the healthy aspect of this dish going. However, if I'm feeling the need to spice things up, I will use my easy Italian meatball recipe instead.

A filling and delicious pasta dish the whole family will love, awaken your taste buds to something new.

© 2012 Cholee Clay


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    • Shesabutterfly profile imageAUTHOR

      Cholee Clay 

      8 years ago from Wisconsin

      alissaroberts-It's the only way I can manage eating spinach, so I love to add it when I get the chance. Hope you and your family enjoy it!

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      Alissa Roberts 

      8 years ago from Normandy, TN

      This recipe sounds so easy and delicious! I love that you added spinach in there because I am a big fan of spinach in my pasta dishes. Will have to give your recipe a try!

    • Shesabutterfly profile imageAUTHOR

      Cholee Clay 

      8 years ago from Wisconsin

      Simone--I love easy and simple. Pasta is also cheap so that is a definite plus as well!

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      Simone Haruko Smith 

      8 years ago from San Francisco

      I am a huge fan of pasta, marinara, AND cottage cheese, so this recipe is right up my alley! I love how easy and simple it is. Thanks for sharing it!

    • Shesabutterfly profile imageAUTHOR

      Cholee Clay 

      8 years ago from Wisconsin

      Teresa- Hope the family enjoys it. I love making it on days when there is not a lot of time for cooking, because it truly is so simple and fast. Sometimes simple is better:)

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      Teresa Coppens 

      8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Great recipe with simple ingredients. With our busy schedule and love of pasta this is a sure to please recipe!


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