These easy cottage cheese recipes are healthy, versatile, and so delicious!
Some people can grab a spoon and eat cottage cheese straight from the container.
However, people like me prefer to use it as an ingredient in larger things, which is why I came up with this list of awesome recipes.
Surprising Cottage Cheese Recipes You’ll Love
Cottage cheese is a versatile ingredient. You can use it in breakfast bowls, Italian dishes, dips, sweets, and even pancakes!
With that in mind, be sure you read this list through to the end.
You might just be surprised at some of the things you can make using this simple ingredient.
If you’re looking for a delicious, low-carb breakfast that you can whip up in less than 5 minutes, look no further than this cottage cheese breakfast bowl.
All you’ll need is cottage cheese, flaxseed oil, and chia seeds.
Then top the whole thing off with your favorite toppings (mixed berries and walnuts are the recipe’s suggestions).
It’s a sweet, healthy start to your day.
Whether I’m looking for breakfast or a snack, I often turn to avocado toast.
It’s hard to beat something that takes 5 minutes to make and is so versatile.
Sometimes I top my avocado toast with a fried egg; sometimes, I go for radishes, onions, and garlic.
On other days, I add cottage cheese, avocado, and a tomato slice.
It’s simple, fresh, and very yummy.
One of my favorite things about many of the recipes on this list is that you can make them in 5 minutes or less. That includes this one.
Mix your cottage cheese with scallions and pepper. Then top it with bell peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes, and pistachios.
It’s a nutritious, savory bowl of goodness.
My mom used to make cottage cheese pancakes when I was little, and I always loved them so much.
I don’t know why it took me so long to start making them myself.
They have wonderfully crisp edges and warm, soft, melt-in-your-mouth centers. With or without toppings, they’re pretty unbeatable.
With some cottage cheese, salt, pepper, and butter, you can make the fluffiest, most pillowy scrambled eggs you’ve ever had.
This simple, four-ingredient recipe takes 10 minutes tops.
I always add some extra cheese – usually cheddar – and I top them with diced green onions when they’re done.
If you’re skeptical about this one, I understand. It does seem like an odd choice. However, cottage cheese alfredo is incredible.
If possible, it’s even richer and creamier than “regular” alfredo, but despite that, it isn’t more decadent!
It actually has fewer calories and less fat than the other alfredo!
A richer, creamier taste with less of all the bad stuff? Why would you ever go back to the original recipe?!
Cottage cheese lasagna is one recipe you’ve probably had at some point, whether you made it yourself or not.
Plenty of people use cottage cheese in their lasagnas.
Like all lasagna recipes, this one has a somewhat lengthy ingredients list, and it takes some time to prepare and cook.
That’s just part of the package when making lasagna.
Even so, this lasagna is cheesy, garlic-y, and full of lots of yummy things.
The cottage cheese doesn’t add much in the way of flavor, but it does make the filling smoother and creamier.
You’ll build this tasty breakfast on a foundation of milk, cottage cheese, and oats.
Let them sit in the fridge overnight, and then add whatever you like for toppings.
The recipe suggests honey, blueberries, and pumpkin seeds, but you can jazz them up however you like.
You may think cottage cheese is too thick and lumpy for a dip, but this cottage cheese is pureed until it’s as smooth as silk and as creamy as a whipped topping.
It also has a wonderful garlic and herb flavor that goes well with veggies, crackers, chips, or pretty much anything else you want to dip in it.
Except for chocolate. Maybe don’t try dipping it with chocolate.
This sandwich takes 5 minutes to make and is so incredibly tasty. The only thing I do differently is toasting the bread.
When you pile lots of wet and semi-wet stuff, such as cottage cheese, tomato slices, and butter, on a piece of bread, it gets soggy and thin.
That’s why I always toast my bread before adding butter and all the other ingredients.
Once that’s done, though, this is a simple sandwich with a fresh, garden veggie taste that you’ll love.
You wouldn’t think a cottage cheese parfait would work. Cottage cheese doesn’t have the same sweet smoothness as yogurt, after all.
Somehow, though, it does work.
Once you mix in the granola, you won’t notice the lumpiness of the cottage cheese, and all the sweetness from the berries helps offset its mildness.
It’s delicious, and it isn’t that high in calories, carbs, or fat.
This insanely good Mexican cottage cheese dip is kind of like a seven-layer dip if you were to throw all seven layers in a blender and turn it on high.
It has everything you could want from a tasty South-of-the-Border dip: corn, black beans, guacamole, tomatoes, onions, jalapenos, Sriracha, and of course, cottage cheese.
It tastes great when paired with veggies, chips, or even pita bread.
13. Stuffed Shells
I love stuffed shells. I love just about anything gooey, cheesy, and full of tomato or marinara sauce.
However, that said, these stuffed shells are some of the absolute best I’ve ever had.
Not only do they have whipped cottage cheese in the filling, but they have mozzarella and parmesan, too!
There’s also garlic, basil, parsley, and marinara. Mmmm… Can’t you smell these shells cooking right now?
I honestly don’t know which is better – the smell or the taste.
These look a little like stuffed peppers, but they’re not.
For one thing, you’ll use tomatoes as a base, and for another, you’ll stuff them with cottage cheese, Worcestershire, and Tabasco sauce.
They’re cool, refreshing treats with just a hint of spice to them. They make great appetizers or 5-minute finger foods.
This salad is too pretty to eat but too tasty not to, so you’ll have to overlook the pretty colors and dive right in with a fork.
It’s ready in 20 minutes, and because it’s full of different veggies and fruits – cucumbers, tomatoes, onions, olives, etc. – it’s relatively healthy, too.
These muffins are a quick and tasty treat if you’re looking for an on-the-go snack.
They’re soft and tender on the inside, but they have a wonderfully flaky oat topping.
Because they’re packed with apples, cinnamon, brown sugar, and vanilla, they’re perfect for fall.
Plus, they smell great while they’re cooking.
These savory, gluten-free, and vegetarian-friendly muffins will almost put you in mind of a delicious quiche.
The texture isn’t quite the same, but the bread, broccoli, and cheese flavor is very quiche-like.
These are freezer-friendly, so you can make extra and save them for later.
They work well as healthy, mid-day snacks, but I prefer to heat them up and eat them as hot, on-the-go breakfast items.
I knew I wanted to make this recipe the moment I read the words “honey,” “walnut,” and “raspberry.”
It was a flavor combination I’d never considered, and I immediately knew it was going to be scrumptious. Spoiler alert: It was.
I’d like to say the cottage cheese made a massive difference in my love of this bowl.
Honestly, I would’ve eaten it just as quickly if there hadn’t been any cottage cheese.
However, the cottage cheese doesn’t detract from the overall flavor, and it adds protein and plenty of vitamins and minerals, so you might as well add it.
This simple, five-ingredient smoothie is another great option if you frequently take your meals on the go.
All you’ll need to make it is milk, frozen strawberries, cottage cheese, honey, and vanilla extract.
Throw them all in a blender and blend until everything is smooth. It takes about 5 minutes and yields enough for two smoothies.
Believe it or not, it really does taste like a strawberry milkshake. It’s not a bad way to start the day.
They may call this a “casserole,” but it’s pretty much the most amazing spinach dip you’ll ever taste. It’s so cheesy, garlic-y, and ooey-gooey.
It really is supposed to be a casserole, but I can’t help myself.
Whenever I make it, I always plop some in a bowl and dip it with chips. It’s soooo good.
21. Baked Rotini
Rotini is another one of those delicious Italian dishes that I just can’t seem to get enough of, and this five-ingredient baked rotini recipe is one of my favorites, primarily because it’s so simple.
It takes less than an hour to cook and has plenty of cheese and spaghetti sauce. It’s hard to beat that.
This is tuna salad with a southwestern flair. It takes about 15 minutes to whip up and doesn’t require any cooking at all.
You can serve it as a dip or in sandwiches or wraps.
23. Protein Waffles
Everyone loves waffles, but not everyone loves the high-carb/low-protein content that comes with them.
Making waffles with cottage cheese is the solution to that problem.
Using cottage cheese and oats instead of waffle mix ramps the protein up to 20 grams per serving! That’s a lot of protein.
The net carbs are still a little high, but they’re not as high as in most “regular” waffles.
Yes, this recipe is for another one of those “whip it up in 5 minutes with no actual cooking” dishes.
I can’t help it. Sometimes, you just need to do things the easy way.
Cottage cheese makes that so simple. Simply whip the cottage cheese until it’s smooth and creamy.
Then top it with bananas, almond butter, and anything else you want to add.
Cottage cheese even simplifies ice cream!
With only two ingredients – cottage cheese and frozen berries – you can make sweet, delicious ice cream in about 5 minutes.
Use your favorite berries, or mix and match.
26. Chocolate Mousse
This chocolate mousse is almost as simple as cottage cheese ice cream.
All you’ll need is Stevia, cottage cheese, cacao powder, and two tablespoons of almond butter.
Mix them all in a blender, then stick the mixture in the fridge for about half an hour to chill. It’s a tasty, high-protein dessert with a relatively low calorie count.
It tastes extra yummy with chocolate chips, nuts, shredded coconut, or a few banana slices.
Although I already have one parfait on the list, I couldn’t wrap it up without adding this one, as well. It’s just too tasty to ignore.
Plus, this parfait has a lot going on for such a small serving – strawberries, yogurt, cottage cheese, honey, peanuts, whole wheat cereal, lemon juice, and vanilla extract.
That’s a whole lot of flavor to pack into a single sweet treat.
This low-carb dessert takes only 5 minutes to make, and you can make it as sweet as you like by adjusting your sweetener.
Adding a tiny bit of honey doesn’t hurt the taste either.
A fluffy filling of cream cheese and cottage cheese combined with a delicately thin, flaky crust?
What’s not to love? These crepes are incredible.
They’re sweet enough to serve for dessert, but I love them as part of a lazy Saturday morning breakfast or brunch.
Whenever you decide to eat them, you’ll never want to use another recipe for crepes.
The words “healthy” and “cheesecake” don’t often find themselves together in the same sentence.
That’s what makes this cottage cheese cheesecake so special.
It takes about an hour to cook but only 20 minutes to prepare, and even though it’s healthy – and it is – it’s also delicious.
The blackcurrant jam is an excellent topping, too. It’s not one you often find on cheesecakes, and that makes it even better.
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