11 Creative Uses for Cottage Cheese

Pause                           1 of 13

11 Healthy Cottage Cheese Recipes

Try these super tasty ways to prepare your favorite protein-packed food!

Delightful Dips

Puree cottage cheese with fresh herbs, garlic, or shallots for a healthier chip dip. (It's great with veggies or whole-wheat crackers, too!)

Stuffed Squash

Stuff a butternut squash with sauteed onions and mushrooms, toasted whole-wheat breadcrumbs, eggs, and cottage cheese for a lighter take on a classic gratin. Top with arugula or parsley and fresh rosemary!

Creamy Enchiladas

Top with salsa and dig in with baked chips or veggie sticks. Or puree salsa and cottage cheese for a creamy enchilada sauce!

Super Stuffed Potatoes

Stuff cottage cheese into a baked potato (sweet or white) with a slice of chopped bacon and chives. Sprinkle on a bit of shredded Cheddar, if you prefer.

Awesome Appetizers

Whip cottage cheese until it's fluffy, then add black pepper and herbs. Spread on toasted whole-wheat baguettes and top with a slice of tomato or cucumber for a quick appetizer.

Perk Up Pesto

Mix cottage cheese with pesto for a creamy pasta topper or a dip. Add strips of roasted red pepper or sun-dried tomatoes for an added burst of flavor.

Quick Sweet Snack

Top cottage cheese with berries or jam for a sweet treat. Spread on whole-wheat toast or stuff into crepes for a quick breakfast, or eat on its own for an after-dinner snack.

Luscious Lasagna

Swap cottage cheese into your lasagna for a boost of protein and creaminess. Think beyond traditional lasagna: Try thinly sliced butternut squash with roasted chicken breast, and a creamy sauce made with cottage cheese and plenty of sage and black pepper.

Souped-Up Smoothies

Blend cottage cheese into your favorite smoothie recipe. Try peaches, berries, and honey, or banana with low-sugar chocolate syrup!

Boost Baked Goods

Use cottage cheese in place of oil in your favorite baked goods. Try it in banana bread, bran muffins, and blueberry cobbler.

Primo Pasta

Toss cottage cheese with freshly cooked whole-wheat pasta, loads of fresh herbs like basil and parsley, and lemon zest and black pepper. Add cooked veggies like broccoli, spinach or asparagus, plus bell peppers and onions, for a creamy pasta primavera.

Get More Great Recipes

Like these ideas? You'll love these recipes from our sponsor.

See more nutrition slideshows Click here to to redeem your SparkPoints
  You will earn 5 SparkPoints

Member Comments on this Slideshow

(scroll to end to leave a comment)


4/19/2016 12:38:08 AM

My brother & I would never eat salads growing up, so Mom made us a saucer of cottage cheese and pears or peaches. Still my go to today :)


3/13/2016 1:21:53 AM

Put your favorite salsa in a sauce pan and bring to a simmer. Gently crack an egg on top of the salsa and cook to your desired doneness. Put a layer of cottage cheese in the bottom of a bowl. Scoop out the egg and as much salsa as you want, put it on the cottage cheese. Enjoy!


3/13/2016 12:14:57 AM

So many delicious ways to enjoy cottage cheese.


3/12/2016 11:13:26 PM

KAMELIA71's SparkPage
My Grandpa ate cottage cheese with a bit of sour cream on top and black pepper. I was disgusted when I was a kid but I love it now.


2/22/2016 11:09:42 AM

BFRED1's SparkPage
One of my Grandmother's favorite snacks was slice tomatoes with cottage cheese on top. Also, mixed with diced tomatoes, cucumbers, and green onions, as a summer salad. My son and I are carrying on the tradition.


12/26/2015 7:28:14 AM

OOOMAC's SparkPage
Thank you! I've also added blended cottage cheese to tomato soup. And rice!


10/22/2015 7:58:26 AM

DEBVNE's SparkPage
Love cottage cheese, a great source of protein yet be careful...it is a true sodium bomb!


10/21/2015 7:30:27 PM

Awesome recipes!


10/21/2015 6:26:59 PM

Yum. I've tried it in smoothies before. Tastes just like cheesecake!


10/21/2015 2:24:53 PM

DRADISCH's SparkPage
Excellent ideas


10/21/2015 11:53:40 AM

I love hot banana peppers in my cottage cheese, gives it some zing


10/21/2015 8:53:08 AM

LUCKY8907's SparkPage
great ideas I love cottage cheese but get bored with it easily, no excuses now! lol


10/21/2015 8:46:37 AM

INGMARIE's SparkPage
Cant find the recipe for this. HELP?


10/3/2015 12:15:45 AM

I like making a faux danish.
1/2 cup cottage cheese
1 pkt subgar substitute or to taste
1/2 tsp vanilla or butternut extract
1 slice loow cal bread
Mix well all ingredients except bread
Toast bread
Put cottage cheese mixture on the bread
Put in toaster oven on broil till cheese get warm.


5/5/2015 1:57:52 PM

TZUZEN's SparkPage
I've used 4 oz of cream cheese/neufchatel (or non-fat regular or greek) and a cup of cottage cheese when making a gelatin dessert. Run the cream cheese and cottage cheese through the blender with the dissolved gelatin (I use a larger box of the sugar free lime gelatin dissolved up accordingly with the hot water - don't add the cold water). Blend it all together.

I even add a small can of pineapple in juice (do NOT use fresh pineapple as the bromelain in it will break down the gelatin into a water mess unless the fresh pineapple is brought to a boil before use). Same deal if you use papaya - cook it if not using canned papaya. Other fruits of your choice can be used.

The blended mixture can be lightened up in texture with 1-2 cups of whipped cream or cool-whip. It's not needed though.

Put it in a bowl and refrigerate. Once it's set, it's ready to eat. Fairly low calorie and flavorful with or without the added fruit. The neufchatel / cream cheese adds a creaminess.

I've not tried tofu although it probably would work as it's fairly neutral tasting.

I enjoy a good kitchen experiment.

Comment Pages (10 total)

x Lose 10 Pounds by July 8! Sign up with Email Sign up with Facebook
By clicking one of the above buttons, you're indicating that you have read and agree to SparkPeople's Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy and that you're at least 18 years of age.