Gone are the days of cottage cheese being a glorified ’90s diet food. Instead, a new wave of chefs and home cooks are finding new and creative ways to incorporate the creamy, protein-rich ingredient into just about everything from pastas to ice cream (yes, really!). It helps that cottage cheese is available in a many different formats, including different curd sizes (small, medium, or large), and comes in creamed, whipped, lactose-free, reduced sodium and sodium-free varieties, making it the ultimate versatile ingredient.
While we love swirling cottage cheese into our scrambled eggs or mixing it into a smoothie for an extra creamy hit, read on for our favourite cottage cheese recipes that take the humble ingredient to the next level.
Banana Pudding Cottage Cheese Ice Cream
The internet is going bananas for this cottage cheese ice cream recipe, and for good reason! It takes just 10 minutes to whip up and results in a creamy, custard-like frozen dessert. Full fat cottage cheese is blended with maple syrup, ripe bananas and vanilla until silky smooth. Studded with chunks of graham cracker cookies and fresh bananas, it’s the surprisingly delicious treat you didn’t know you needed.
15-Minute Cottage Cheese Pizza Toast
Inspired by the viral (and delicious!) Hailey Bieber pizza toast, this high-protein bite is the perfect quick lunch that’ll keep you going until dinner. It’s made on crusty sourdough that’s topped with your favourite pasta sauce, high-protein cottage cheese, fresh pesto, parmesan and spicy chili flakes for a little kick. The trick here is to use a good quality pasta sauce (look for one with simple ingredients) and fresh pesto.
Cottage Cheese Tzatziki Mezze Plate
Cucumbers, mint and garlic turn cottage cheese into a lighter tzatziki that’ll have you going back for more. Add tomatoes, olives and pita chips for dipping, then drizzle some olive oil over top for a seriously satisfying snack any time of day.
Cottage Cheese Rigatoni
This recipe uses cottage cheese in place of heavy cream for a twist on the classic vodka sauce. The substitution of cottage cheese lightens up the recipe and adds loads of protein to the dish. It comes together in under 30 minutes making it a perfect recipe for a weeknight!
Chocolate Truffle Cheesecake
Sure you have tried cheesecake and you’ve tried cottage cheese, but have you ever tried a cottage cheesecake? Cream cheese is replaced with cottage cheese and mixed with cocoa powder and a touch of melted chocolate in this delightfully decadent recipe. The end result is a a silky, rich, deeply chocolaty dessert that chocolate lovers will adore.
Creamy Cottage Cheese Lasagna
While ricotta is usually a go-to in any creamy lasagna, this cottage cheese interpretation might just become your new favourite. Cottage cheese is combined with mozzarella and Parmesan, then layered between delicate lasagna noodles and hearty tomato meat sauce for the ultimate bite.
Lighter Creamy White Bean Dip
We love serving up a rich, creamy dip at a party, but what if you could have all of the same flavours without the heaviness? Say hello to this lighter take on a creamy white bean dip. Reduced fat cottage cheese is blitzed together with cannelini beans, herbs, olive oil and a pinch of paprika for an impressive dip that doesn’t compromise on flavour. Top it with fresh chives, serve with crudités and watch it disappear.
Cottage Cheese Empanadas
Traditional empanadas get a protein-packed cottage cheese twist with this playful recipe. The sweet-savoury combination of the cheese and sugar-crusted exterior are a match made in heaven.