High-protein feta mac and cheese

I should have known the secret to the best high-protein mac was feta...
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High-protein feta mac and cheese

When I’m craving buttered noodles but want something with a little more protein, I turn to this creamy stovetop feta mac and cheese. It actually works with any hard cheese, not just feta, so feel free to give sharp cheddar or fontina a try, too.

As far as the seasonings, I like paprika, lots of freshly ground black pepper, and a little bit of nutritional yeast. But if you have a favorite mac and cheese recipe, feel free to swap in those spices!

see it in action…

high-protein feta mac and cheese

serves 3
feta mac and cheese in a skillet


  • kosher salt
  • 8 ounces short pasta shape (use a protein pasta for extra protein)
  • 3/4 cup whole milk cottage cheese
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 4 ounces feta cheese
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch (this helps the sauce thicken up)
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • freshly-ground black pepper
  • seasonings of choice, to taste (I used paprika and nutritional yeast)


  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook according to package directions for al dente. Drain.
  • Meanwhile, add the cottage cheese, milk, feta, and cornstarch to a blender. Blend until smooth.
  • Heat the butter and several grinds black pepper in the now-empty pasta pot over medium-low heat. Add the sauce and season with salt, seasonings of choice, and more black pepper to taste.
  • Cook until gently bubbling and beginning to thicken, 5 to 8 minutes. (Do not increase the heat!) Remove from heat, wait for the bubbling to stop, and then stir in the pasta.
Inspired by Lauren Fit Foodie. To switch things up, feel free to replace the feta with the cheese of your choosing, such as sharp cheddar. 



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  1. 5 stars
    Quick. Easy. Delicious. And Nutritious. It’s like an adult Mac n cheese. Thank you for sharing!

    • 5 stars
      Adult mac and cheese is the perfect way to describe it!! So glad you enjoyed and thank you for taking the time to comment 🙂