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Pasta With Cottage Cheese Sauce – quick and simple to make, protein packed pasta dish with creamy and flavorful sauce. 

A ceramic bowl with cottage cheese pasta

This is one of the easiest pasta recipes I’ve shared on this blog.

Minimal prep work, made with pantry staples, loaded with flavors, creamy and flavorful sauce and a super delicious meal.

The sauce doesn’t even need to be cooked. All you need to do is combine the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

Pour on top of the cooked pasta, while still very hot and the heat from it warms up the sauce.

By adding cottage cheese to the pasta sauce in today’s recipe, you add more protein to the dish, but also make a creamy and delicious sauce, without adding heavy cream.

How to make Cottage Cheese Pasta?

A saucepan with cottage cheese pasta topped with Parmesan Cheese

Ingredients:

  • Uncooked pasta – either from a box or fresh, any style works. I love using penne or fusilli for simple recipes like this. They are easy to serve and consume.
  • Marinara sauce (or just tomato sauce with added salt, pepper, garlic and onion powder, oregano and basil)
  • Extra seasoning – since we are adding cottage cheese to the dish, which had a very mild flavor, I like to add some extra spices/seasonings
  • Pasta water
  • Cottage Cheese – the hero ingredient in the recipe. This cheese does not melt, when added to sauces like this one. You do have to blend it to make the sauce light and creamy. If you happen to have lactose intolerance, you may consider looking for lactose free cottage cheese.
  • Olive oil
  • Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • Red pepper flakes – optional, or extra heat
  • Fresh basil for garnishing
  • White wine vinegar (optional), by adding some vinegar to noodles/pasta, it helps them to absorb the sauces better, because it makes them more absorbent

Directions:

  1. Cook pasta according to the directions on the package.
  2. In a blender combine pasta sauce, cottage cheese, olive oil, salt, black pepper, garlic powder, basil and oregano. You may add about 1/4 to 1/3 cup of the pasta water. Blend until smooth.
  3. Transfer to a pan and heat over medium heat.
  4. Add the cooked pasta and stir to coat it in the sauce.
  5. Drizzle with more olive oil. You may add a few drops of lemon juice ( optional). Top with cheese, fresh basil and red pepper flakes. Serve.

A ceramic bowl with cottage cheese pasta

Substitutions/Additions:

  • If you happen to have lactose intolerance, you may consider looking for lactose free cottage cheese. Vegan cottage cheese is an option, too.
  • No cottage cheese, no problem! About 1/2 cup heavy cream can be substituted, but the final result will not be the same.
  • Substitute tomato sauce or Tomato Passata for the Marinara sauce.
  • Add more protein like grilled chicken, baked tofu, shrimp or chickpeas to this pasta meal.

Recipe tips and suggestions:

  • Add a salad, that contains some fiber to serve together with this meal. Cottage cheese has about 11 grams of protein per 100 grams. A green salad will be the perfect addition to call it a nutritious meal.
  • Tip: Add some white vinegar (about 1 teaspoon) to the pasta at the and and stir. This will soften it and make it more absorbent to the sauce.
  • Garnish the pasta with some fresh basil and parsley to add some summer flavor to it.
  • Add more vegetables like baby spinach, zucchini or mushrooms to the pasta.
  • You can make it for up to 5 hours in advance, put in a box and take it for lunch.
  • Tip: Add some butter or ghee to the cooked pasta, before you add the sauce. This will make it extra tasty.

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A ceramic bowl with cottage cheese pasta
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Pasta with cottage cheese

Pasta With Cottage Cheese Sauce - quick and simple to make, protein packed pasta dish with creamy and flavorful sauce.
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Servings: 2

Ingredients 

  • 4 oz dry pasta
  • 1 1/2 cup marinara sauce
  • 1/2 cup cottage cheese
  • 2 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp dry basil
  • 1/4 tsp dry oregano
  • 1/4 tsp hot pepper flakes, optional for topping
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan
  • Fresh basil for garnishing

Instructions 

  • Cook pasta according to the directions on the package.
  • In a blender combine pasta sauce, cottage cheese, olive oil, salt, black pepper, garlic powder, basil and oregano. You may add about 1/4 to 1/3 cup of the pasta water. Blend until smooth.
  • Transfer to a pan and heat over medium heat.
  • Add the cooked pasta and toss to coat.
  • Drizzle with more olive oil. You may add a few drops of lemon juice ( optional). Top with cheese, fresh basil and red pepper flakes. Serve.

Notes

Tip: Add some butter or ghee to the cooked pasta, before you add the sauce. This will make it extra tasty.

Nutrition

Calories: 537kcal, Carbohydrates: 58g, Protein: 23g, Fat: 25g, Saturated Fat: 7g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 12g, Cholesterol: 31mg, Sodium: 2063mg, Potassium: 786mg, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 10g, Vitamin A: 1161IU, Vitamin C: 13mg, Calcium: 305mg, Iron: 3mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Pasta
Cuisine: Italian
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I share simple, mostly low-carb and Keto recipes, that don't take a lot of time to make and use mostly seasonal, easy to find ingredients. I'm a supporter of healthy eating, but you'll also find some indulgent treats too.

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