Cottage Cheese Pasta Sauce

Cottage Cheese Pasta Sauce Recipe – Discover the creamy and protein-packed goodness of cottage cheese spaghetti sauce! This simple yet scrumptious sauce combines the rich flavors of marinara with the velvety texture of cottage cheese, resulting in a delicious pasta dish. Try it over your favorite pasta, sprinkle with Parmesan, and savor the deliciousness. A must-try for those looking to add a healthy twist to their pasta night!

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High Protein Pasta Sauce

This cottage cheese pasta sauce is a mouthwatering symphony of flavors. It takes the simplicity of marinara sauce and adds a creamy twist with cottage cheese, creating a sauce that’s both comforting and rich. And when you toss in some savory Italian sausage, it’s a flavor explosion that’s hard to resist. The result is a delicious sauce that is a high-protein powerhouse that’ll have your taste buds doing a happy dance. So go ahead, savor every bite, and enjoy the goodness of this creamy pasta sauce that’s both satisfying and nutritious, without skimping on the taste!

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How to Make Cottage Cheese Pasta Sauce

This creamy pasta sauce is super easy to make with only a few simple ingredients. Place half a jar of marinara sauce, garlic, cottage cheese, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper in a high speed blender. Blend until smooth.

In a large skillet, cook Italian sausage over medium-high heat until no longer pink. Drain excess grease. Add the cottage cheese mixture and remaining pasta sauce to the skillet and simmer over low heat.

In a large pot, bring water to a boil over high heat. Add pasta and cook according to the package directions for al dente. Drain in a colander

Add the cooked pasta to the pan. Toss to coat with the sauce. Garnish with fresh basil and parmesan cheese.

Helpful Tips & Frequently Asked Questions

  • If you don’t have a blender, you can make the sauce in a food processor.
  • Can substitute ground turkey, ground beef, ground pork, or turkey sausage.
    • You can omit the meat if you prefer.
    • Shrimp or tofu are also delicious with this sauce.
  • I recommend using full-fat cottage cheese for a creamier texture, but you can use low-fat cottage cheese for a lower-calorie dish.
  • Variations/Additions:
    • onions
    • bell peppers
    • diced tomatoes
    • mushrooms
    • baby spinach
    • broccoli
    • splash of vodka
    • a dollop of cream cheese or heavy cream for more creaminess
    • red pepper flakes
  • Our favorite store-bought marinara sauce is Rao’s. I also love Trader Joe’s Roasted Garlic Marinara (green label), Carbone, and La Famiglia DelGrosso.
  • I use spaghetti noodles. Can substitute any pasta shape you enjoy.
    • Penne, rigatoni, fusilli, farfalle, fettuccine, linguine – anything works!
    • Use gluten-free pasta for a gluten-free dish.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge.
    • Reheat in the microwave.
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What to Serve with High Protein Pasta Sauce

This sauce was a huge hit with our family. Everyone cleaned their plate – even our cottage cheese haters! You can’t even tell cottage cheese is in the sauce since it is blended into the marinara sauce in the blender. It just adds a creaminess to the dish.

When you’re serving up this pasta sauce, you’ve got a world of delicious possibilities. A simple green salad with a zesty vinaigrette on the side can provide a refreshing contrast to the creamy pasta sauce. If you’re feeling extra indulgent, a basket of warm, crusty garlic bread with olive oil dip is the perfect companion for mopping up every last bit of that delectable sauce. And for those who crave a bit of crunch, roasted vegetables like asparagus or green beans add a satisfying texture. No matter what you serve alongside this sauce, it is sure to be a hit!

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Cottage Cheese Pasta Sauce

Yield: 6 people
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Cottage Cheese Pasta Sauce Recipe – Discover the creamy and protein-packed goodness of cottage cheese spaghetti sauce! This simple yet scrumptious sauce combines the rich flavors of marinara with the velvety texture of cottage cheese, resulting in a delicious pasta dish. Try it over your favorite pasta, sprinkle with Parmesan, and savor the deliciousness. A must-try for those looking to add a healthy twist to their pasta night!

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  • Place half a jar of marinara sauce, garlic, cottage cheese, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper in a high speed blender. Blend until smooth.
  • In a large skillet, cook Italian sausage over medium-high heat until no longer pink. Drain excess grease. Add the cottage cheese mixture and remaining pasta sauce to the skillet and simmer over low heat.
  • In a large pot, bring water to a boil over high heat. Add pasta and cook according to the package directions for al dente. Drain in a colander. 
  • Add the cooked pasta to the pan. Toss to coat with the sauce. Garnish with fresh basil and parmesan cheese.

Notes:

  • If you don’t have a blender, you can make the sauce in a food processor.
  • Can substitute ground turkey, ground beef, ground pork, or turkey sausage.
      • You can omit the meat if you prefer.
      • Shrimp or tofu are also delicious with this sauce.
  • I recommend using full-fat cottage cheese for a creamier texture, but you can use low-fat cottage cheese for a lower-calorie dish.
  • Variations/Additions:
      • onions
      • bell peppers
      • diced tomatoes
      • mushrooms
      • baby spinach
      • broccoli
      • splash of vodka
      • a dollop of cream cheese or heavy cream for more creaminess
      • red pepper flakes
spaghetti sauce
  • Our favorite store-bought marinara sauce is Rao’s. I also love Trader Joe’s Roasted Garlic Marinara (green label), Carbone, and La Famiglia DelGrosso.
  • I use spaghetti noodles. Can substitute any pasta shape you enjoy.
      • Penne, rigatoni, fusilli, farfalle, fettuccine, linguine – anything works!
      • Use gluten-free pasta for a gluten-free dish.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge.
      • Reheat in the microwave.

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  1. Had this last night using whole wheat penne noodles. So good will add this to our meal rotation. Thank you for sharing. We love your recipes.

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