This rich and creamy sauce is secretly healthy, thanks to the addition of cottage cheese! This high-protein sauce is perfect when you’re craving comfort food, but you want to enjoy something lighter!

Cottage Cheese Pasta Sauce
Save This Recipe Form

Want to save this recipe?

Share your email below & we'll send it to you! Plus, you'll get new recipes from us every week!

Looking for a delicious and creamy pasta sauce that’s low in calories but high in protein? Look no further than this recipe for cottage cheese pasta sauce! Made with tangy cottage cheese and lots of garlic, this sauce is the perfect way to elevate your favorite pasta dish. Whether you’re a vegetarian or just looking for a healthier alternative to traditional pasta sauces, this recipe will become a new favorite!

What is Cottage Cheese Pasta Sauce?

This sauce is similar to a vodka sauce, but we use cottage cheese instead of heavy cream! This makes it rich and creamy but lower in fat and higher in protein. You can use vodka or lemon juice to add the tangy, zippy flavor of typical vodka sauce. 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 much lower in fat and calories than heavy cream. It’s a great way to create a creamy pasta dish without any actual cream. Overall, cottage cheese is a nutritious and delicious addition to this sauce!

My Favorite Brands of Cottage Cheese

I love the Good Culture brand but I’ve also tested this recipe with Breakstone, Trader Joe’s, and Kroger’s store brand cottage cheese. I do recommend using a 4% milkfat version, which will give you super creamy results. But you can use a low fat kind, if you prefer. Look for a low sodium option if you need to watch your sodium intake.

Ingredients and Substitutions

  • Pasta: Any pasta can be used, such as spaghetti, penne, or fettuccine. I like Barilla’s Protein Plus pasta which has extra protein and fiber.
  • Cottage cheese: I prefer 4% milkfat cottage cheese for this recipe because it has the creamiest texture. If you’re not a fan of cottage cheese, you could use ricotta cheese or cream cheese as a substitute.
  • Olive oil: This healthy fat adds flavor and helps to cook the garlic. Any other cooking oil can be used as a substitute.
  • Garlic: Adds flavor and depth to the sauce. You could use garlic powder as a substitute.
  • Fire-roasted diced tomatoes: You could use canned whole tomatoes or regular diced tomatoes as a substitute.
  • Vodka or lemon juice: This adds acidity to the sauce. This could be replaced with red or white wine vinegar or balsamic vinegar.
  • Pasta water: The starchy water is used to thin the sauce and help it cling to the pasta.

How to Make Cottage Cheese Pasta Sauce