20 Must Try Cottage Cheese Recipes from a Dietitian (2024)

Cottage cheese recipes are everywhere on social media lately, and for good reason! Cottage cheese is high protein, creamy, mildly flavored, and such a versatile ingredient in recipes. Depending on the brand you go with, cottage cheese has up to 28 grams of protein per cup!

As a dietitian I love the cottage cheese trend and because it’s such a great way to bump up the protein in your favorite dishes. I’ve put together this list of the 20 best cottage cheese recipes for you here! Let’s jump right into them.

1. Creamy Cottage Cheese Pasta

This creamy cottage cheese pasta is made with a high protein and velvety smooth sauce that’s mind blowingly good. Instead of ingredients like heavy cream or whole milk, it uses cottage cheese and other simple ingredients like parmesan cheese. If you’re an Alfredo sauce lover, you’ll absolutely love this one!

  • Nutrition per serving: ~337 calories, 37g carbohydrate, 28g protein, 11g fat, 8g fiber
  • Recipe for Creamy Cottage Cheese Pasta

2. Cottage Cheese Queso Dip

This high protein cottage cheese queso recipe isinsanelygood, high protein, and only uses four ingredients. The key ingredient? You guessed it! It’s creamy, flavorful and takes less than 5 minutes to make. Enjoy as a high protein snack with tortilla chips, on top of nachos, or in your favorite tacos.

  • Nutrition per serving: ~126 calories, 3g carbohydrate, 14g protein, 6g fat, 0g fiber
  • Recipe for Cottage Cheese Queso Dip

3. Cheesy Cottage Cheese Bread (2-Ingredient)

Simple recipes like this one are my favorite. This cheesy 2-ingredient cottage cheese bread has an impressive 9 grams of protein per slice and is SO easy to make! Top with shredded cheddar for a cheesy flatbread that you’ll love!

  • Nutrition per serving: ~141 calories, 16g carbohydrate, 9g protein, 4g fat, 1g fiber
  • Recipe for Cheesy Cottage Cheese Bread

4. High Protein Mac and Cheese

This creamy high protein cottage cheese mac and cheese has all of the flavor of classic mac and cheese but with 35 grams of protein and 8 grams of fiber per serving! The secret ingredient? You guessed it! Cottage cheese! It’s blended into a creamy sauce with cheddar cheese, garlic and onions.

  • Nutrition per serving: ~499 calories, 37g carbohydrate, 35g protein, 26g fat, 8g fiber
  • Recipe for High Protein Mac and Cheese

5. Cottage Cheese Egg Salad

This cottage cheese egg salad is my favorite egg salad recipe of all time. It’s packed with flavor from fresh herbs and ingredients, has extra protein than traditional egg salad, and mayo-free. If you love egg salad, you’ll LOVE this one. Store this in an airtight container for great option for lunches all week long!

  • Nutrition per serving: ~180 calories, 3g carbohydrate, 18g protein, 10g fat, 0g fiber
  • Recipe for Cottage Cheese Egg Salad

6. Cottage Cheese Bagels

These cottage cheese bagels are so good, and the best part is that they only call for two ingredients and have 11 grams of protein per serving. Enjoy them with cream cheese or turn them into a delish breakfast sandwich for an easy healthy breakfast.

  • Nutrition per serving: ~153 calories, 24g carbohydrate, 11g protein, 1g fat, 1g fiber
  • Recipe for Cottage Cheese Bagels

7. Cottage Cheese Ranch Dip

This cottage cheese ranch dip uses two ingredients and has 14 grams of protein per serving! It’s a great dip for bell peppers and carrots, chips, or even use in wraps or sandwiches. Whipped cottage cheese or Greek yogurt are my favorite high protein sour cream swaps for dips like this one.

  • Nutrition per serving: ~113 calories, 9g carbohydrate, 14g protein, 1g fat, 0g fiber
  • Recipe for Cottage Cheese Ranch Dip

8. High Protein Blender Oatmeal Cottage Cheese Pancakes

These oatmeal cottage cheese pancakes are higher protein than traditional pancakes with 15g of protein and 4g of fiber, too! They’re so delicious and incredibly easy to whip up right in your blender. I love serving these pancakes with a drizzle of maple syrup, fresh fruit, and eggs.

  • Nutrition per serving: ~252 calories, 39g carbohydrate, 15g protein, 4g fat, 4g fiber
  • Recipe for Oatmeal Cottage Cheese Pancakes

9. Easy Crustless Egg White Quiche with Spinach & Feta

This crustless egg white quiche with spinach and feta is so easy to make, high protein, and perfect for meal prepping ahead. Cottage cheese adds creaminess and lots of protein to this flavorful high-protein breakfast option.

  • Nutrition per serving: ~210 calories, 6g carbohydrate, 24g protein, 10g fat, 1g fiber

10. Red Pepper Egg Bites

These red pepper egg bites are a mini version of the egg white quiche, and taste just like the popular Starbucks red pepper egg bites. You’ll blend cottage cheese with eggs and other fresh ingredients for a super flavorful bite. My favorite way to start the day!

  • Nutrition per serving: ~85 calories, 2g carbohydrate, 9g protein, 5g fat, 0g fiber
  • Recipe for Red Pepper Egg Bites

11. Kale and Mushroom Egg Bites

These kale and mushroom egg bites are another Starbucks-inspired egg bite that are protein-packed with cottage cheese. Their cheesy, flavorful, and great for meal prep too!

  • Nutrition per serving: ~76 calories, 1g carbohydrate, 6g protein, 5g fat, 1g fiber
  • Recipe for Kale and mushroom egg bites recipe

12. Blended Cottage Cheese Breakfast Bowls

Not a fan of the lumpy texture of cottage cheese? I’ve got you covered with this high protein breakfast, blended cottage cheese breakfast bowls! The cottage cheese is whipped into a silky smooth creamy texture and then topped with savory toppings for an easy way to enjoy cottage cheese.

  • Nutrition per serving: ~482 calories, 39g carbohydrate, 28g protein, 25g fat, 9g fiber
  • Recipe for Blended Cottage Cheese Breakfast Bowls

13. Ninja Creami Cottage Cheese Ice Cream

Cottage cheese is perfect for sweet recipes, too! This cottage cheese ice cream in the Ninja Creami is creamy, rich, and decadent. It’s perfect for satisfying your sweet tooth when you’re trying to eat a bit healthier.

  • Nutrition per serving: ~277 calories, 26g carbohydrate, 17g protein, 12g fat, 2g fiber
  • Recipe for Ninja Creami Cottage Cheese Ice Cream

14. Cottage Cheese Cookie Dough

Edible cottage cheese cookie dough made with simple ingredients and packed with 15 grams of protein.Enjoy by the spoonful or as a dessert dip for a high-protein treat! I love using this as a dip for sliced apples and pears.

  • Nutrition per serving: ~251 calories, 19g carbohydrate, 15g protein, 14g fat, 3g fiber
  • Recipe for Cottage Cheese Cookie Dough

15. Strawberry Banana Cottage Cheese Smoothie

This thick and creamy strawberry banana cottage cheese smoothie is blended smooth with cottage cheese, frozen strawberries, banana, almond milk and honey for a high-protein, sweet shake.

  • Nutrition per serving: ~272 calories, 45g carbohydrate, 20g protein, 4g fat, 6g fiber
  • Recipe for Strawberry Banana Cottage Cheese Smoothie

16. Creamy Garlic Cottage Cheese Mashed Potatoes

These rich and creamy, buttery, garlic-y mashed potatoes have a secret ingredient. These cottage cheese mashed potatoes are super flavorful and higher protein than classic mashed potatoes.

  • Nutrition per serving: ~211 calories, 32g carbohydrate, 10g protein, 5g fat, 4g fiber
  • Recipe for Cottage Cheese Mashed Potatoes

17. Cottage Cheese Deviled Egg Dip

If you’re a fan of deviled eggs and you love high protein dips, this cottage cheese deviled egg dip is a must try. All you need is a few simple ingredients plus a food processor or blender to make this fun spin on classic deviled eggs.

  • Nutrition per serving: ~156 calories, 5g carbohydrate, 20g protein, 6 fat, 1g fiber
  • Recipe for Cottage Cheese Deviled Egg Dip

18. Cottage Cheese Pizza Bowl

This high protein cottage cheese pizza bowl is packed with 35 grams of protein and perfect for dipping chips, crackers or veggies! This savory cottage cheese bowl went ultra-viral on Tiktok, this is my version!

  • Nutrition per serving: ~348 calories, 22g carbohydrate, 35g protein, 14g fat, and 4g fiber.
  • Recipe for Cottage Cheese Pizza Bowls

19. Cottage Cheese “Fudge”

This cottage cheese “fudge” is rich and creamy, and super easy to make! It’s higher protein and lighter than traditional fudge, thanks to cottage cheese!

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  • Nutrition per serving: ~282 calories, 34g carbohydrate, 7g protein, 13g fat, 0g fiber
  • Recipe for Cottage Cheese Fudge

20. High Protein Cottage Cheese Chocolate Mousse

Last but certainly not least, this high protein cottage cheese chocolate mousse is the perfect high protein treat to get into your dessert rotation. It’s rich and creamy, and has 15 grams of protein per serving! Top with whipped cream, fresh berries, or chocolate shavings.

  • Nutrition per serving: ~194 calories, 32g carbohydrate, 15g protein, 2g fat, 2g fiber
  • Recipe for Cottage Cheese Chocolate Mousse

Whether you’re new to the cottage cheese or a life-long cottage cheese lover, I hope you enjoy these recipes!

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