The Cheese Thing


This recipe was given to me by a friend and coworker. She knew that I would make it low fat as soon as I read it. My family has enjoyed it with a salad and fresh bread or rolls. This may be made ahead and placed in the refrigerator for 24 hours or in the freezer for 1 month.

8 to 10 - servings


  • 1 (16 ounce) package penne pasta

  • ¼ cup low fat margarine

  • 2 ½ cups shredded reduced fat Colby cheese

  • 1 (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes with green chile peppers

  • 1 tablespoon white sugar

  • ½ teaspoon salt


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain.

  2. Stir together pasta, margarine, cheese, diced tomatoes, sugar, and salt. Place in a 9 x 13 inch pan.

  3. Bake at 400 degrees F (205 degrees C) for 40 to 60 minutes. The pasta will stick up and brown slightly, so you may want to cover with foil.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

339 Calories
12g Fat
42g Carbs
18g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 9
Calories 339
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 16%
Saturated Fat 5g 24%
Cholesterol 18mg 6%
Sodium 679mg 30%
Total Carbohydrate 42g 15%
Dietary Fiber 3g 9%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 18g
Vitamin C 5mg 27%
Calcium 455mg 35%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 189mg 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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