Cottage Cheese Recipes

The best collection of easy cottage cheese recipes for desserts, main dishes, breakfasts, appetizers, and sauces that are higher in protein, lower in fat, and naturally sweet. They’re made gluten-free with all-natural ingredients.

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Cottage Cheese: The Versatile and Healthy Cheese You Need in Your Kitchen

Cottage cheese often gets relegated to the breakfast table, but this protein and calcium-rich cheese deserves a starring role in your kitchen! Not only is it a nutritional powerhouse, but its mild flavor and creamy texture make it surprisingly versatile.  

Health Benefits of Cottage Cheese

Protein Powerhouse:

Cottage cheese boasts an impressive amount of protein per serving, aiding muscle building and keeping you feeling fuller for longer.

Calcium Champion:

It’s packed with calcium, essential for strong bones and teeth.

Tummy Friendly: 

Some varieties contain probiotics, which can promote healthy digestion.

Blended or Whipped Cottage Cheese: A Home Cook’s Secret Weapon

For most recipes, you’ll want to use blended or whipped cottage cheese. All you need is a blender or food processor. This creates a smoother texture that seamlessly integrates into various dishes. Here are some of my favorite ways to use it:

Gluten-Free Chicken Noodle Soup in a bowl.

Savory Recipes with Cottage Cheese:

Creamy Soups: Swap heavy cream for blended cottage cheese in creamy soups like my Chicken Noodle Soup for a lighter, protein-boosted base.

Tangy Sauces: Add a dollop of blended cottage cheese to your favorite pasta sauce or marinara for a touch of creaminess and a protein boost like in my Tuscan Marry Me Chicken.

Luscious Dressings: Blend cottage cheese with herbs, spices, and lemon juice for a healthy and flavorful salad dressing like in my Creamy Lemon Caesar Salad Dressing.

Gluten-Free Blueberry Pie Cottage Cheese Ice Cream in a bowl.

Dessert Recipes with Cottage Cheese:

No-Churn Ice Cream: Blend cottage cheese with frozen fruit, cocoa powder, or nut butter for a delicious and healthy alternative to traditional ice cream like in my creative cottage cheese ice cream recipes.

Creamy Mousses: Create a light and protein-rich mousse by blending cottage cheese with Greek yogurt, a touch of honey, and your favorite flavorings like in my Chocolate Protein Mousse.

Silky Puddings: Cottage cheese makes a surprisingly delightful base for puddings. Blend it with protein powder, mashed banana, and spices for a satisfying and nutritious dessert like in my Chocolate Banana Crepes.

How to make HEAVENLY gluten-free double chocolate chip cottage cheese cookies w/ oat & almond flour and coconut sugar.

Baking Recipes with Cottage Cheese:

Moist Quick Breads & Muffins: Substitute some mashed banana or oil with blended cottage cheese in quick bread and muffin recipes for added moisture and protein like in my Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins.

Chewy Cookies: Sneak some cottage cheese into your favorite cookie recipe for extra protein and a chewier texture like in my Double-Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Lightened-Up Cakes: For a lighter take on cakes, replace some of the butter or yogurt with blended cottage cheese like in my Lemon Raspberry Bundt Cake.

Gluten-Free Lemon Raspberry Nothing Bundt Cake on a cake plate.

Tips for Using Cottage Cheese in Recipes

Choose the right type: There are several varieties to choose from, including full-fat, low-fat, and fat-free. I prefer full-fat for the creamiest texture and richest flavor. A ½ cup serving of full-fat cottage cheese has 4 grams, which I consider worth it.

Season to taste: Cottage cheese has a fair amount of sodium. For best results, use less salt when making your recipe. Then, you can always add more to taste.

Experiment with flavors: Cottage cheese is a blank canvas! Explore different herbs, spices, and extracts to create unique flavor profiles.