Cottage cheese is so versatile, so healthy, and YES, so delicious!! It is so much more than a lumpy old-timey diet fad. Cottage cheese has so many great uses in all kinds of dishes, from breakfast to dinner.
So check out these 40 Savory Cottage Cheese Recipes to see how you can use cottage cheese to create amazing appetizers, delicious lunches, and family-friendly dinners.. the possibilities are endless!
My whole life I've enjoyed cottage cheese as a sweet-but-healthy snack—I usually make myself a bowl of cottage cheese drizzled with honey and topped with berries, or puree it with canned pumpkin (like in this pumpkin spice cottage cheese). But only recently I discovered how AMAZING cottage cheese is in savory foods!!
So I've rounded up the BEST recipes that use cottage cheese for savory foods. Below you'll find a lot of tasty cottage cheese appetizers and dips, great healthy side dish ideas, delicious creamy dinner casseroles, and high-protein pasta sauces. Oh, and I threw in a bunch of savory cottage cheese breakfast recipes too, so you can eat cottage cheese all day every day, if you want!
Some recipes below use lots of cottage cheese, and some only use a few tablespoons, so this is a good list to keep in mind when you're looking for leftover cottage cheese ideas.
Savory Cottage Cheese Recipes You Have To Try
The list below is broken down into appetizers, lunch & dinner, and breakfast recipes, so make sure to check them all out!
Cottage Cheese Appetizers
First thing's first: let's make some delicious appetizers that are always a hit at parties! Some cottage cheese will add delicious creaminess and lots of protein, and no one will suspect a thing!
If you love love love Buffalo chicken dip and can eat it all day every day but hold yourself back because it's typically not very healthy.... then THIS DIP IS FOR YOU! It's made without cream cheese and uses cottage cheese and Greek yogurt in its place, but you would never know because of the delicious Buffalo sauce and chicken.
These little cottage cheese fritters are delightfully crunchy and crispy, so you still get that satisfying comfort-food appetizer, but with loads of protein! Do not skip the pomegranate salsa for serving!
This healthy alfredo sauce recipe is truly a comfort food game changer. Made with no heavy cream or butter, cottage cheese helps provide a silky smooth and luxuriously thick alfredo sauce made much better for you.
This spicy cottage cheese is inspired by an Ethiopian dish that I love. It's wonderfully spicy and savory, and the creamy cottage cheese goes so well with buttery collard greens. Give it a try if you're feeling adventurous!
Cheese, Spinach and Cottage Cheese? Yep, you heard that right. And it’s so good all stuffed into a chicken breast and baked until cheesy perfection. This is a great lighter savory cottage cheese dinner idea.
This zucchini lasagna is a totally healthy take on classic lasagna. It uses ground turkey instead of ground beef, zucchini in place of noodles, and cottage cheese in place of ricotta. The creamy cottage cheese layer is the best part about this lasagna!
This casserole is like a crust-less spanakopita, with delicious feta cheese, creamy cottage cheese, and a few other ingredients and seasonings all baked together. It makes a great vegetarian entree or side dish!
This one is called a "cheater" pierogi recipe because it uses wonton wrappers as a shortcut... and I am all about that! The filling is made with seasoned dry cottage cheese (simply strain as much liquid out as you can.)
Yes, cottage cheese is a great ingredient for stuffed shells! The creamy cottage cheese pairs so well with ricotta and mozzarella to make a delicious creamy filling together with ground beef. This is always a dish that impresses people!
Love vodka sauce on pasta?? Me too!! This rich and creamy sauce is secretly healthy, thanks to the addition of cottage cheese. This high-protein sauce is perfect when you’re craving comfort food, but you want to enjoy something lighter.
These savory cottage cheese bowls are a great change of pace from sweet breakfasts. Load up the bowls with some eggs cooked to your liking, lox (try homemade lox!), diced cucumbers, and any other toppings you like! Don't forget lots of freshly ground black pepper.
It's cheesy, it's bacony, it's delicious, while still not being too heavy. Unlike most greasy breakfast casseroles, this one uses cottage cheese and skim milk. It bakes up perfectly golden and is a real treat for breakfast.
I'm putting this one under "breakfast" just because it would make a great flavorful toast for breakfast. This bread is whole wheat, flavorful thanks to dill, with a bit of extra protein from cottage cheese.
This crust-less bacon cheddar quiche (or a frittata??) is a make-ahead breakfast recipe, and it's lightened up with cottage cheese. This one is great for brunch or lunch as well, I really didn't know whether to put it in the "breakfast" or "main dish" category.
Cottage cheese - vegetarian high protein dinner ingredient
The great part about using cottage cheese for many of the recipes above is that it's a great source of vegetarian protein. So even if you're making yourself a plate of pasta, using cottage cheese in pasta sauce adds protein and helps make it a complete meal.
Enjoy these cottage cheese recipes!
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