Cottage Cheese Pasta

Cottage Cheese Penne Pasta is a delicious and easy-to-make pasta dish that has become increasingly popular over the years.

This dish consists of penne pasta mixed with cottage cheese, cream cheese, basil, garlic, and tomato sauce, resulting in a creamy yet tangy flavor.

This recipe is perfect for anyone looking for a high-protein, low-fat meal option that is both satisfying and incredibly tasty.

Cottage Cheese Penne Pasta has gained popularity in recent years due to its health benefits, versatility, and delicious mix of flavors.

This dish is perfect for a weeknight dinner, a meal prep option, or even a crowd-pleasing addition to a potluck or party.

Why you might love this recipe:

1. It’s a healthier alternative to traditional pasta dishes, thanks to the use of creamy and protein-rich cottage cheese instead of heavy cream or cheese sauces.

2. It’s a quick and easy meal to prepare, making it perfect for busy weeknights when you want something satisfying but don’t have a lot of time to cook.

3. It’s delicious and versatile, with the option to customize the dish to your liking by adding your favorite vegetables, herbs, or spices.


Bowl of cottage cheese pasta

Cottage Cheese Pasta

Tasty cottage cheese pasta recipe that is easy to prep on any weeknight.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine American
Servings3 Servings
Calories (per serving)441.26 kcal



  • In a food processor or blender, add the cottage cheese, milk, parmesan cheese, cornstarch, garlic powder, dried oregano, salt and black pepper, and blend until smooth.
  • Prepare the penne pasta by adding boiled kettle water to your saucepan, add olive oil and salt, and the penne pasta. Half cook for 5 to 8 minutes and drain.
  • Pour the cheese mixture into a large saucepan and add the penne pasta to cook on medium heat for 5 to 8 minutes. Add the spinach leaves and cover the pan for 2 to 4 minutes, and stir to combine.
  • Enjoy and serve with your favorite sides


  • Refrigerate and consume within three days if you plan to make-ahead.
  • Cornstarch or corn flour is optional, but it will help thicken up the sauce.


Serving: 1servingCalories: 441.26kcalCarbohydrates: 59.76gProtein: 26.18gFat: 10.51gSaturated Fat: 4.77gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.76gMonounsaturated Fat: 2.03gCholesterol: 33.55mgSodium: 1365.08mgPotassium: 512.95mgFiber: 2.98gSugar: 6.6gVitamin A: 2826.7IUVitamin B1: 0.14mgVitamin B2: 0.36mgVitamin B3: 1.51mgVitamin B5: 1.09mgVitamin B6: 0.28mgVitamin B12: 0.83µgVitamin C: 8.74mgVitamin D: 0.62µgVitamin E: 0.79mgVitamin K: 130.37µgCalcium: 302.69mgCopper: 0.29mgFolate: 76.77µgIron: 1.86mgManganese: 1.02mgMagnesium: 76.19mgPhosphorus: 431.48mgSelenium: 58.16µgZinc: 2.28mgNet Carbohydrates: 56.78g
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Data source: USDA

Keyword Cottage Cheese Pasta, Cottage Cheese Pasta Sauce, healthy pasta sauce
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Recipe FAQ

Is cottage cheese pasta really macro-friendly?

This is subjective talk but if you have a balanced diet and regularly keep yourself in good shape, then I would say this is a macro-friendly meal prep because it can certainly fit into a general daily caloric plan.

I often make this for my lunch meal prep at work, and for a larger meal, you could also use this as a side dish with chicken breasts, which goes really well.

Of course, if you are following a low carbohydrate diet or on a keto diet then you might not find it macro-friendly.

2 thoughts on “Cottage Cheese Pasta”

  1. I tried step by step using the recipe and only swapped for semi-skimmed milk. My food went downhill 😭. It doesn’t really taste like Mac and cheese, more to sour cream sauce.

    • Hi Hannah,

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