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Cottage Cheese Is Your Secret Ingredient For High-Protein Mac And Cheese
By Madalyn Mackarey
Cottage cheese is very nutritious, with ½ cup containing 14 grams of protein, making it the perfect ingredient to add a protein boost to your favorite mac and cheese recipe.
The thick creaminess of cottage cheese makes it a perfect replacement for heavy cream in mac and cheese while still adding to this comfort food's indulgent flavor and texture.
Despite its chunky consistency, cottage cheese can be blended with other ingredients, like milk, cornstarch, seasonings, and cheddar cheese, for a smooth, thick, and creamy sauce.
Pour your blended cheese sauce into a saucepan on low to medium heat. The aim is to heat it just enough to thicken the sauce without it splitting and becoming grainy.
Add your favorite seasonings to the sauce, like salt and pepper, paprika, or chili powder. Toss it with the cooked pasta, then your high-protein mac and cheese is ready to serve.