Apple-Mascarpone Parfaits

Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner

Mascarpone is a soft triple-cream cheese, similar in texture to cream cheese. You can substitute regular cream cheese, but the parfaits won't be as flavorful.

Yield: 6 servings
Recipe from Cooking Light

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Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 265
  • Calories from fat: 20%
  • Fat: 5.8g
  • Saturated fat: 3.3g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 1.8g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 0.3g
  • Protein: 10.8g
  • Carbohydrate: 43.5g
  • Fiber: 1.4g
  • Cholesterol: 15mg
  • Iron: 0.6mg
  • Sodium: 390mg
  • Calcium: 82mg


  • 1 tablespoon butter or stick margarine
  • 4 cups diced peeled Granny Smith apple (about 1 1/2 pounds)
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups 2% low-fat cottage cheese
  • 1/4 cup (2 ounces) mascarpone cheese
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Melt the butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add apple and the next 5 ingredients (apple through salt), and cook 12 minutes or until liquid is almost absorbed. Remove from heat.
  2. Place cottage cheese in a food processor, and process until smooth (about 2 minutes). Add mascarpone, granulated sugar, and vanilla, and process until smooth. Spoon 2 tablespoons cheese mixture into each of 6 parfait glasses, and top each with 2 tablespoons apple mixture. Repeat procedure with 3 tablespoons cheese mixture and 2 tablespoons apple mixture, ending with 3 tablespoons cheese mixture. Cover and chill at least 4 hours.
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