Looking for a delicious twist on macaroni and cheese? Cottage cheese is the secret ingredient to make this classic dish extra rich and creamy. It’s perfect for comfort food that’s both nutritious and satisfying.

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Can you make macaroni and cheese with cottage cheese?

Yes! Blending cottage cheese into the sauce makes the macaroni and cheese rich and creamy, but lower in fat and higher in protein. By blending all the ingredients together, you won’t even notice the base is made from cottage cheese! It’s a simple recipe that only requires a few ingredients, but it makes a delicious, homemade sauce!

Benefits of Using Cottage Cheese

Cottage cheese is an excellent source of protein, calcium, and vitamin B12. Plus, it’s lower in fat and calories than heavy cream. It’s a great way to create creamy macaroni and cheese without any actual cream. You can also use less cheese while still enjoying a hearty sauce. Overall, cottage cheese is a nutritious and delicious addition to this classic recipe! Looking for more ways to use cottage cheese? You have to try my healthy macaroni salad which uses cottage cheese for the dressing! You should also try my cottage cheese ice cream or cottage cheese overnight oats!

Ingredients and Substitutions

  • Pasta: I’ve made this with regular pasta and chickpea pasta and both are delicious! I think whole wheat pasta would be great, too.
  • Cottage cheese: Adds tanginess and creaminess to the dish as well as lots of protein. I used 4% milkfat cottage cheese.
  • Milk: I used 2% milk, but whole or skim milk will be fine.
  • Cornstarch: Helps thicken the sauce for a creamy consistency.
  • Shredded sharp cheddar cheese: I recommend using a block of cheese rather than pre-shredded cheese. Pre-shredded cheese contains anti-caking agents that can make the sauce grainy.
  • Garlic powder: Infuses a savory flavor into the dish.
  • Paprika: Provides a subtle smokiness and a touch of color to the mac and cheese.

How to Make Cottage Cheese Mac and Cheese