Why and How You Should Cook with Cottage Cheese

Embrace the curds!

Published Mar. 28, 2023.

Are you a cottage cheese lover? Are you ashamed to admit it? I used to be. 

A couple years ago, our incredible reviews team was holding tastings to compare different brands of cottage cheese. I was too busy to attend but didn’t want to miss out, so I rushed over to request that they hold back a tray of samples for me. Lo and behold, they already had a surplus of tasters, and I wasn’t even the first to admit my secret adoration while requesting a separate tasting. There are more of us cottage cheese fans than you’d think!

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And even if you don’t love cottage cheese (yet), it’s still a useful tool to have on hand for cooking. Cottage cheese has a mild flavor and creamy texture, and its pillowy curds hold up well at high temperatures. Ricotta, on the other hand, is prone to turning gritty when cooked. Just make sure to use full- or low-fat cottage cheese for cooking, and skip the nonfat.


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Eggs and bacon on a cheese pizza? Sounds like an excellent breakfast to us. If only we could get the crust to crisp and the eggs to cooperate.
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Here are some of our favorite ways to use cottage cheese in the kitchen.

  • To add creaminess to lasagna or baked ziti.
  • To make a rich filling for a crispy, cheesy appetizer with phyllo dough.
  • To create the perfect base for white pizzas: Cottage cheese stays lusciously silky, and its faint tang makes an ideal blank slate for other funky cheeses and flavorful toppings.

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