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These cottage cheese recipes are the best ways to eat this healthy ingredient! Try it in pancakes, dips, pasta and more.

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Cottage cheese is a powerhouse when it comes to nutrition, packed with protein with relatively low calories. Believe it or not, it’s also an incredible versatile ingredient in the kitchen! You can use it in baked goods, dips, pasta, and even pancakes!

This high protein ingredient is certainly having its moment. We’ve always been fans, but as two cookbook authors and recipe experts we never expected there to be so much interest! What to eat with cottage cheese? Here are all the best cottage cheese recipes for using this healthy ingredient!

OK, but is cottage cheese actually healthy?

Like any fad food, it’s important to look at the facts. According to Healthline, cottage cheese is a good option if you’re looking to eat diary. Here are some of the nutritional benefits of cottage cheese:

  • It’s a low calorie cheese. A 1-cup serving has 163 calories.
  • It’s very high in protein. A 1-cup serving of cottage cheese has 28 grams protein, which is over half your daily need. Impressively, the protein accounts for over 70% of the calories.
  • It’s also packed with nutrients like vitamin B vitamin, calcium, phosphorus, and selenium.

What to eat with cottage cheese

Cottage cheese is an endlessly versatile ingredient to incorporate in your cooking. What to eat with cottage cheese?

And now…the best cottage cheese recipes to try!

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Cottage Cheese Pancakes

Cottage Cheese Pancakes (& More Recipes!)

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 10 4-inch pancakes 1x


This cottage cheese pancakes recipe is the best genius trick! It makes a protein packed pancake that tastes like French toast.


  • 4 eggs
  • 1 ½ cups small curd* cottage cheese
  • 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup, plus more for serving
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup all purpose flour
  • ½ tablespoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt


  1. In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs, cottage cheese, maple syrup and vanilla (if you see very large clumps of cottage cheese, try to break them up or smash them with a fork).
  2. In another bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder and salt. Add it to the bowl with the wet ingredients and mix until a smooth batter forms.
  3. Heat a non-stick skillet or griddle over medium heat, then add a bit of butter to coat. Scoop out ¼ cup portions of batter and cook the pancakes until golden brown on one side, adjusting the heat so it doesn’t brown too fast. Flip and cook until cooked through and no longer gooey at the edges (the batter will ooze out a bit at the sides; just keep cooking until it is fully cooked, adjusting the heat as necessary so it doesn’t brown too fast). Place the pancakes in a stack under an overturned bowl, and cook the second batch of pancakes. 
  4. Serve immediately, topped with pure maple syrup.


*Small curd cottage cheese is important for getting the right texture where the cheese melts into the pancake. Some brands labeled as “small curd” have fairly large curds, so the size varies based on brand. Experiment and find a brand that works for you! But don’t sweat it too much: you can make this recipe with any size curds, you just may end up with an appearance with some white flecks.

  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegetarian

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes for memorable kitchen moments! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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  1. Mary Henderson says:

    I have a great way to use cottage cheese, a real favorite! Cottage cheese, tomatoes(cut into small cubes), green onions, and a little miracle whip. Salt and pepper (optional).

  2. bill says:

    cottage cheese, scallion greens, salt, pepper, horseradish

  3. Sonja Overhiser says:

    Let us know if you have any questions!