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Favorite Recipes: Hungarian Macaroni and Cottage Cheese (revised)

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Name: Jayne N.
Total Recipes: 1



Hungarian Macaroni and Cottage Cheese (revised)

Dish: DInner
Dish Type: Pastas & Noodles
Cooking Method: Stove Top
Diet: Meatless
Difficulty: 1 / 10
Servings: 6
Prep Time: 10
Cook Time: 15

  • large carton* - Cottage cheese (low far ot fat free works well too)
  • 1 lb optional - Kielbasa, fried
  • 2 or more - onions, sliced
  • 3 TBS - margarine or butter
  • 1 tsp - salt and pepper
  • 1 lb* - Pasta (elbow or shells)

If serving Kielbasa, start cooking it in skillet. In separate large pot, start water to boil pasta; cook according to directions. Add sliced onion to kielbasa (or alone if not cooking sausage) and cook until browned. In meantime, drain pasta and put back in pot. Do NOT rinse. Add margarine or butter then cottage cheese. Stir, add salt and pepper and serve with onions and optional sausage on side.

 * I always use one large carton cottage cheese per one pound of pasta. I also keep an extra carton on hand to "refresh" the pasta for warmed up left-overs if there are any,


This is a family favorite that my Hungarian father-in-law taught his kids to make. Even people who hate cottage cheese love this dish and often beg us to make it for them. I've spoken with other Hungarian cooks and some Czechs and most have their own version of this authentic and very tasty dish. In fact my kids and grandkids love it so much that it has become theri traditional birthday dish. With 3 July birthdays, I've grown used to the idea of having it three times that month alone. :)


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Crystal E. (jerusha1912)
1/13/2009 12:33 PM ET
I have made this twice once like it was written except we combined the pasta and sausage. It was wonderful! It was great as leftovers also. The 2nd round we used fatfree cottage cheese, no butter 1Tb olive oil instead, whole wheat pasta and turkey sausage. This made it healthier and still tasted good. I plan to continue making it both ways depending on who I am serving.
Danielle T. (sugarkane) - ,
2/11/2008 10:42 AM ET
I cooked this for my family yesterday and it was crowd pleaser. I have a very picky 5 year old boy, so that is no easy feat!