Creamy Herbed Pasta

Start-to-finish: 30 minutes

4 cups dried rigatoni or other dried pasta (10 ounces)
¼ cup snipped fresh basil or 1 Tbsp dried basil
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tbsp olive oil
½ of an 8-oz package reduced fat cream cheese (Neufchatel)
½ cup low fat cottage cheese
1/3 cup Parmesan cheese
¾ cup milk
¼ cup snipped fresh parsley
¼ tsp salt
2 Tbsp dry white wine or milk
Meat or veggies can be added to give this pasta some variety!

1. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain and keep warm.

2. Meanwhile, for sauce, in a heavy saucepan cook basil and garlic in hot oil about 30 seconds. Reduce eat. Add cheeses. Cook and stir until nearly smooth. Stir in milk, parsley, and salt until combined; and wine or milk. Bring to a gentle boil; reduce heat. Cook and stir for 2-3 minutes or until slightly thickened. Serve sauce over hot pasta.

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