Cottage Cheese Mac & Cheese

Kristen O'Dell MS, RD, CDCES
Indulge in this creamy and protein-packed Cottage Cheese Mac & Cheese. This recipe combines classic comfort food with a healthy twist, thanks to the addition of cottage cheese. With a blend of sharp cheddar and gouda, every bite is rich and flavorful. It's easy to prepare and perfect for a quick weeknight dinner.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 29 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 8 cups
Calories 382 kcal


  • 16 oz box of pasta
  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • 2 cups milk + 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 4 oz shredded sharp cheddar cheese + shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 4 oz shredded gouda cheese
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs optional


  • Preheat oven to 350°
  • Cook pasta according to the package directions.
  • In a blender, combine cottage cheese, 2 cups of milk, cornstarch, 4oz shredded sharp cheddar cheese, 4oz shredded gouda cheese and seasoning. Blend until smooth.
  • Once the pasta is cooked, stir pasta and cheese sauce into a large bowl.
  • Spray a 9x13 dish with cooking oil.
  • Add pasta with cheese sauce into the dish.
  • Put in oven for ~30 minutes (until sauce bubbles).
  • If the pasta becomes too dry, add an additional ½ cup milk and 4oz shredded sharp cheddar cheese. Mix together within 9x13 dish.
  • Sprinkle with optional breadcrumbs.
  • Place in oven for another 5-10 minutes.
  • Enjoy!


  • The cottage cheese adds extra protein to this dish that reduces any blood sugar spike post meal. 
  • Switch the pasta out for a gluten free variety and do not add any breadcrumbs to make this recipe gluten free.


Serving: 1cCalories: 382kcalCarbohydrates: 55gProtein: 19gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 27mgSodium: 466mgPotassium: 265mgFiber: 3gSugar: 7gCalcium: 27mgIron: 13mg
Keyword cheese, mac and cheese, protein