High Protein Cottage Cheese Pasta

Looking for a protein packed pasta? Give this cottage cheese and spinach pasta a go. It is creamy and cheesy, and I promise you will not regret it!

This cottage cheese pasta is a great way of tricking your mind into thinking you are eating a dirty mac and cheese, yet it is reassuringly macro-friendly (for a cheesy pasta).

You can eat this regularly and it will not impact too badly on your daily caloric intake.

This also goes well with a chicken breast for extra protein and there is so much you can do with this recipe.

How to make the cottage cheese pasta sauce?

To make a cottage cheese style alfredo is fairly simple providing you have a blender or food processor; blend together milk, cottage cheese, parmesan cheese and your seasoning’s, and that will be enough for a creamy and delicious pasta sauce.

You could also had corn flour / cornstarch to help thicken up the sauce.

Or if you are looking for a healthier alternative, give greek yogurt a go which is can also help thicken up the sauce and help add more protein to your meal.

Once you add this all to your saucepan, you can either allow it to simmer on lower heat or cook it over medium-high heat for around five minutes.

Personally, on days when I have more time, I prefer to allow it to simmer for longer which can also help thicken up the sauce and allow the spinach leaves to cook slowly.

How does it taste?

This truly does smell and taste like a mac and cheese which is an added bonus, however it feels so much more lighter.

The parmesan cheese certainly helps in terms of flavour and lightness.

I have not experimented enough to try variation of other cheeses but light cheeses in general will work well with this recipe.

Is this 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 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.


The first time I made this recipe was when I had leftover cottage cheese and wanted to find a different way to utilize this ingredient.

I was bored of eating this cold and wondered would it even work trying to turn this into a creamy sauce?

Ever since, I rarely make mac and cheese again, as I enjoy this version and feel comfortable with the macros and it keeps me full.

This is a pasta recipe which is perfect for a meal prep too because it still tastes great days later and it allows time for the pasta to soak up this delicious creamy and cheesy sauce.

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Cottage Cheese Pasta

  • Author: Mani
  • Prep Time: 10 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 Minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 3 Meal Preps 1x
  • Diet: Vegetarian


This cottage cheese pasta is a great way of tricking your mind into thinking you are eating a dirty mac and cheese, yet it is reassuringly macro-friendly (for a cheesy pasta).



  • 200g Penne Pasta
  • 300g Cottage Cheese
  • 1/2 cup Milk
  • 40g Parmesan Cheese
  • 1/2 tsp Cornstarch / Corn Flour (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Dried Oregano
  • Salt and Black Pepper (to taste)
  • 80g Baby Spinach Leaves


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.


  • Refrigerate and consume with four days
  • Cornstarch or corn flour is optional, but it will help thicken up the sauce.
  • Category: Meal Prep
  • Method: One-pot
  • Cuisine: Italian


  • Serving Size: 1 Meal Prep
  • Calories: 432
  • Sugar: 6.9 g
  • Sodium: 469.5 mg
  • Fat: 11 g
  • Saturated Fat: 6.8 g
  • Carbohydrates: 56 g
  • Fiber: 3.1 g
  • Protein: 26 g

Keywords: Cottage Cheese Pasta

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