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11 Amazing Cottage Cheese Substitutes

So, what can you use in place of cottage cheese if you are lactose intolerant or can’t eat dairy products? Cottage cheese is a dairy product widely used in many different dishes and recipes due to its excellent taste and interesting texture.

One of the most common substitutes for people that cannot eat dairy products is tofu, but it doesn’t have the same consistency as a dish with lactic acid.

But don’t worry, there are plenty of other substitutes you can try, and we have prepared an entire list!

Nutrition Table

Greek Yogurt59
Swiss or American79
Feta Cheese264
Goat Cheese364
Sour Cream193
Ricotta Gnocchi280
Hazelnut Spread 541
Peanut Butter588

Substitutes For Cottage Cheese

Let’s look at each substitute and how they can be substituted, shall we?

1. Greek Yogurt

cottage cheese substitute

Greek yogurt is an excellent alternative to cottage cheese because it is less sour, has a thicker consistency, and has more nutritional benefits. It is especially beneficial if you make a dip or salad dressing that needs a bit of thickness.

Greek yogurt is available as both strained and unstrained types of dairy products, but the most common type of greek yogurt will have visible clusters of thick white liquid whey suspended throughout. 

The number of these clusters depends on how long a batch has been left to ferment (usually after five hours), affecting the product’s final texture and flavor.

How To Make

1. Sterilize all of your jars and utensils in boiling water and then place them on a clean surface. Take a small amount of the starter and pour it into a bowl. Add a small amount of milk to the starter and mix it; this will be your first batch.

2. Pour the rest of the milk into your crock pot, and then add in your starter culture; stir well until mixed well (about 10 minutes). Cover the pot with a clean towel and cook on high for 8-12 hours.                 

3. Remove the liquid from the crock pot and pour it into your strainer lined with cheesecloth or coffee filter to separate any clumps of yogurt from fat milk solids.

4. Place your strained liquid back into a bowl/container, and then carefully stir in the starter culture (you want an even ratio).               

5. Pour the mixture into your jars and place them in a warm area, stirring once every couple of hours until it has thickened.        

6. Pour the yogurt into a cheesecloth to strain out any excess liquid. Place your strained yogurt into containers for storage.

How To Substitute

Use 1 cup of Greek Yogurt to replace 2 cups of Cottage Cheese in any recipe.

2. Swiss Or American 

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Swiss or American cheese is made from cow’s milk and is low in fat but high in protein. These cheeses offer a great alternative to cottage cheese taste and can be used to make a dip for veggies and fruit.

It has the form of delicate holes or pockets due to its production process. Swiss cheese is sometimes used as an ingredient in other dishes and served on sandwiches.

Variants include Emmentaler, Gruyère, Appenzeller (frequently matured), Sbrinz (a swedish hard cheese), and Comté (usually not aged for more than 18 months).

How To Substitute

1 cup of Cheese to replace 2 cups of Cottage Cheese in any recipe.

3. Paneer

cottage cheese substitute

Paneer is a form of Indian cheese that is made from curdled milk with no whey.

It offers an alternative to cottage cheese because it does not have the same tangy taste as cottage cheese, yet it still has the same ability to melt and stick to prey items as yogurt does.

It also absorbs flavors well from things cooked over it such as herbs and sauces. Paneer is usually eaten with dry fruits like nuts, raisins, and coconut.

How To Substitute

Use 1 cup of Paneer to replace 2 cups of Cottage Cheese in any recipe.

4. Feta Cheese

cottage cheese substitute

Feta is a Greek cheese made from sheep’s milk and has a crumbly texture and a slightly salty taste. It’s great for making salads and adding to pasta. Feta cheese is widely available in Greek and Middle Eastern cuisine.

It’s characterized by a crumbly texture, strong salty taste, and sharp tang. It is a highly perishable cheese and must be stored in a dark place at temperatures below 45 degrees Fahrenheit.

Feta has been found to contain the highest amount of fat of any type of cheese or dairy product.

How To Substitute

Use 3/4 cup of Feta Cheese to replace 1 cup of Cottage Cheese in recipes.

5. Ricotta

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Ricotta is the Italian word for “cooked again”. It is made from the whey left over from cheesemaking and, therefore, contains less fat than cottage cheese.

Use Ricotta instead of cottage cheese if you are cooking a dish that requires a creamy texture and wants little or no moisture.

Ricotta cheese is a type of fresh cheese that is mainly used in cooking because it melts well and has a creamy but dense texture. It’s made from whey (part-skim or full-fat milk) and whole or partly-skimmed milk. 

The word Ricotta means “twice grated” in Italian, which describes how this type of cheese can be easily shredded semi-finely.

How To Substitute

1 cup of Ricotta to replace 2 cups of Cottage Cheese in recipes.

6. Goat Cheese

cottage cheese substitute

Goat cheese has a dense consistency, but it’s also very creamy and mild flavored. Goat cheese is also a great substitute for cottage cheese because it can be easily melted in cooking, which makes it perfect for any meat or pasta dish.

The flavor of Goat Cheese can range from mild to tangy depending on how long it’s aged. Some varieties are crumbly, while others are reasonably creamy and spreadable.

It crumbles easily because it has a higher fat content than cow’s milk.

How To Substitute

Use 1 cup of Goat Cheese to replace 2 cups of Cottage Cheese in recipes

7. Sour Cream

cottage cheese substitute

Sour cream is a dairy product that originated in Nordic countries and has been around for over 400 years.

It is used to flavor, or garnish dishes eaten cold and has a thin consistency, making it a perfect alternative to cottage cheese when you’d like something similar but also want extra flavor.

How To Substitute

Use 1 cup of Sour Cream to replace 2 cups of Cottage Cheese in recipes

8. Mascarpone


Mascarpone is a soft, creamy Italian cheese used to make desserts and served as an appetizer with fruit. Mascarpone can be used for pastries like tiramisu and Mousselines à la Nesselrode.

It can also be mixed with honey or used to make desserts like semifreddo or ice cream with mocha-flavored Mascarpone topped with chocolate shavings.

How To Make It

1. Place the butter in a bowl and microwave until melted (about 1 minute).

2. Mix the egg yolk, sugar, salt, and lemon juice in a separate bowl until well blended (about 2 minutes).

3. Add the egg mixture to the melted butter and stir with a fork until smooth (about 1 minute).

4. Gradually add half of the cheese while stirring continuously (about 1 minute).

5. Add another half of the cheese at a time and stir after each addition (about 1 minute).

6. Stir in the remaining cheese until smooth.

7. Set aside and keep refrigerated until needed.

How To Substitute

Use 1 cup of Mascarpone to replace 2 cups of Cottage Cheese in recipes

9. Ricotta Gnocchi

Ricotta Gnocchi

Ricotta gnocchi is a delicious Italian food dish made from dumpling dough that is rolled into ridges and baked until golden brown around the edges.

It has a creamy taste, similar to ricotta cheese but with a chewy texture.

Gnocchi is a type of Italian dumpling made from unleavened dough and boiled, cut potato that is then tossed with a sweet, sour cream-based sauce and flavored with Italian herbs.

How To Make It

1. Place the flour, salt, and nutmeg in a mixing bowl and stir together with a fork (about 2 minutes).

2. Pour the sour cream into another bowl and mix with a fork (about 1 minute).

3. Slowly pour the sour cream mixture into the flour mixture and mix with a spoon until well blended (about 1 minute).

4. Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface (about 1/2 inch thick) into a long, thin strip.

5. Cut into 2-inch pieces.

6. Cover with plastic wrap and let rest for 15 minutes at room temperature before cooking.

How To Substitute

The amount of ricotta gnocchi to replace cottage cheese depends on a few factors. While the substitution ratio is one cup of ricotta gnocchi for ¾ cups of cottage cheese, the number of carbs in each will affect the final carb count.

10. Hazelnut Spread

Hazelnut Spread

This spread is made from whole hazelnuts that have been chopped into small pieces, blended to make a smooth paste, and seasoned lightly with salt to enhance the natural nutty flavor of hazelnuts.

Soaked dried apricots, peaches, cherries (or other fruit), or figs can also be added

Many people love the taste of hazelnut spread. It has a sturdy and rich taste that most people enjoy. People looking for a gluten-free alternative also love hazelnut spread because it is created in a way that can be gluten-free.

How To Make It

1. Place the nuts in a food processor and process until smooth (about 1 minute).

2. Add the melted butter and mix until blended well (about 1 minute).

3. Store in the refrigerator until needed.

How To Substitute

1 cup whole hazelnuts (to substitute for about 4 cups of Ricotta Gnocchi)A pinch of salt (optional)

11. Peanut Butter

Peanut Butter

Peanut butter is a good substitution for cottage cheese because it has a fairly thick, smooth consistency. It can also be used on toast or as a filling for sandwiches. 

Starting with the basics, peanut butter is a food paste that most typically comes in jars of about 18 ounces and has a shelf life of two years.

Its main ingredients are typically unprocessed peanuts, roasted and ground to a smooth paste. Peanut butter’s flavor can range from lightly sweet to salty or tangy.

How To Substitute

Use 1 cup of Peanut Butter to replace 2 cups of Cottage Cheese in any recipe.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Is The Best Substitute For Cottage Cheese?

The best substitute for cottage cheese is ricotta cheese. Ricotta also has a taste and texture similar to that of cottage cheese, but it does not have as much protein as cottage cheese.

It also does not need to be cooked before eating like other substitutes. 

You can enjoy Ricotta on its own or in pasta dishes. Unlike the others, Ricotta tastes better when used in foods with acidic sauces because it cuts through the tartness of these sauces better than other substitutes do.

What Is The Difference Between Ricotta And Cottage Cheese?

Ricotta has a texture similar to that of cottage cheese, but it has less protein because it is made from whey (a watery liquid leftover from cheese production) instead of milk.

Ricotta also does not need to be cooked before eating as other substitutes do.

How Are Substitutes For Cottage Cheese Made?

Cottage cheese substitutes are traditionally made by culturing the milk of a nut or legume with a potassium-based culture, which thickens the milk.

The resulting product has a consistency similar to cottage cheese and can be used to make dips, salad dressings, and spreads.

What Is The Nutritional Information On Cottage Cheese Substitutes?

The nutritional information of cottage cheese substitutes varies depending on the type, but they are all high in protein and calcium.

Below are examples of how many grams of protein, calcium, and carbohydrates you would get from one cup of almond milk, soy milk, and coconut milk.

  • Almond Milk: 2.2 grams of protein, 85 milligrams of calcium, 14 grams of carbohydrates
  • Soy Milk: 5.8 grams of protein, 18 milligrams of calcium, 5 grams of carbohydrates
  • Coconut Milk: 6.9 grams of protein, 17 milligrams of calcium, and 1 gram of carbohydrates.

Where Can You Find Cottage Cheese?

Cottage cheese can be found in most grocery stores, including Kroger and Walmart. In addition to this, some health food stores may stock it as well.

You can also find it at local farmers’ markets selling fresh milk and other fermented products.

11 Amazing Cottage Cheese Substitutes

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A cottage cheese substitute is a product that resembles cottage cheese, but has a much different taste and texture.


  • Greek Yogurt

  • Swiss Or American

  • Paneer

  • Feta Cheese

  • Ricotta

  • Goat Cheese

  • Sour Cream

  • Mascarpone

  • Ricotta Gnocchi

  • Hazelnut Spread 

  • Peanut Butter


  • Choose your favorite substitute from the list given above
  • Follow the directions given in the recipe after having substituted the ingredient in the correct ratio

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Jess Smith