This was so tasty that everyone ate a little too much of it. One person alone ate four servings (granted, he's a big eater), but it was that good. I made it exactly by the recipe, except with skim milk, and it came out great.
Next time I will try to ease my conscience and make it a little more healthy, maybe double the veggies and reduce the pasta a bit; I think the recipe is tasty enough to take it and still be something we would really like.
Also I would bring this as-is to a potluck party where people usually eat unhealthy things, this would be a better substitute and I'm sure would go over well.