13 Cottage Cheese Recipes You’ll Actually Crave

Lightened-Up Spaghetti Pie
Photo: Andy Lyons

Cottage cheese is a beloved ingredient used in kitchens worldwide for centuries. Its high protein and calcium count make it a healthy food to put on the menu. If you have a tub in the fridge, there are many ways to enjoy it beyond plain or with fruit (though we like it that way, too). So whether you're in the mood for pancakes, veggies with dip, or even lasagna, there's a cottage cheese recipe for you.

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Honey-Lemon Cottage Cheese Pancakes

Honey Lemon Cottage Cheese Pancakes
Jason Donnelly

Plain cottage cheese pancakes are already great, but these will knock your breakfast out of the park. Lemon zest, honey, vanilla, and blueberries combine to create the irresistible flavor of your new favorite short (or tall, we don't judge) stack of pancakes.

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Smoked Salmon and Roasted Red Pepper Frittata

Smoked Salmon Roasted-Red Pepper Frittata
Blaine Moats

Enjoy an extra-creamy one-skillet frittata for breakfast. Smoked salmon, veggies, and herbs make every bite feel indulgent without a bunch of calories. Seriously, this savory cottage cheese recipe only has 141 calories per serving.

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Cottage Cheese Breakfast Bowl

Cottage Cheese bowl with fresh fruit and chia seeds
Carson Downing

This cottage cheese and fruit bowl is an upgraded version of the one you're used to having at Grandma's house. Along with fresh berries and kiwi, extra texture comes with every bite by topping with granola, dried apricot pieces, and chia seeds.

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Classic Lasagna

Classic Lasagna
Kritsada Panichgul

If you've never made this comfort food from scratch, you're about to be let in on the secret ingredient to our favorite lasagna recipe: cottage cheese. (You can also use ricotta if you don't have cottage cheese.) We can smell the bubbly layers of cheese and tomatoes right now.

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Cottage Cheese-Dill Dip

Cottage Cheese-Dill Dip on white plate with assorted raw vegetables
Andy Lyons

Prepare to meet your new favorite party dip. Blend low-fat cottage cheese with green onion, herbs, and spices, then chill (up to 24 hours!) until your guests arrive. Serve with veggies and crackers.

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Sou Bourek

Sou Bourek
Carson Downing

This delightful cottage cheese recipe by chef Carrie Nahabedian pays tribute to her Armenian roots. Layers of fresh noodles are filled with a mixture of eggs, cottage cheese, and shredded Muenster or Monterrey Jack cheese. If you don't have time to make the noodles from scratch, you can still accomplish an equally tasty dish with wide egg noodles.

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Spinach and Feta Casserole

Spinach Feta Casserole
Kritsada Panichgul

With more than 75 ratings, here's a recipe you shouldn't pass up. This creamy cottage cheese recipe gets a bit of extra tang from crumbled feta cheese. Tote this easy vegetable side dish to your next cookout or serve it alongside chicken breast for a wholesome, low-carb meal.

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Honey and Poppy Seed Biscuits

Honey Poppy Seed Biscuits
Blaine Moats

Here's another delicious bread recipe using cottage cheese. Instead of butter, these flaky biscuits utilize cottage cheese. A biscuit mix helps keep prep time (and the ingredient count) down.

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Copycat Bacon and Gruyere Egg Bites

Copycat Bacon and Gruyere Egg Bites
Dera Burreson

Cottage cheese helps give these filling egg bites the same fluffy texture as your favorite coffee shop. Prepare a few of these on Sunday to store in the fridge, so you'll have breakfast ready to go for a few days.

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Lightened-Up Spaghetti Pie

Lightened-Up Spaghetti Pie
Andy Lyons

Craving Italian but want a quick, healthier option? Get those same delicious flavors in this savory cottage cheese recipe. Ground turkey is swapped for beef, and fresh veggies (mushrooms, green bell peppers, and onion) provide extra nutrients.

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Mina (Matzo Pie with Spinach and Leeks)

Mina Matzo Pie Spinach Leeks
Blaine Moats

Matzo is an unleavened bread that's traditionally served during Passover. This recipe layers the bread with a filling of spinach, leeks, feta, and cottage cheese. It's a crave-worthy vegetarian meal even meat eaters will devour.

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Cottage Cheese Puff

Cottage Cheese Puff in white round casserole dish
Mike Dieter

This nostalgic BH&G cottage cheese recipe dates back to the '70s! Whipped eggs give this soufflé-like dish an airy texture while the cheese gives it some tang. It would make an excellent vegetarian dish for brunch or dinner.

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Key Lime Cheesecake Bars

Key Lime Cheesecake Bars
Andy Lyons

No one will ever guess this lightened-up sweet treat is a cottage cheese recipe. Blend the curds with cream cheese and lime-flavor gelatin before pouring over a graham cracker crust. This no-bake dessert gives the same delicious flavor of a key lime pie with far less time or stress to prepare.

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